The price of oil could stay in a tight range below $50 a barrel for the next five years, after retesting recent lows, Paul Day, deputy head of research from MIG Investments, told CNBC.
"We expect oil to probably trade in a range between $36 to $47, possibly for five years," Day said.
New York light, sweet crude could fall to $36.78 by May 2009, before going "through quite a protracted time like in the early 90s where we didn't really do much," according to Day.
"We will be stuck in a range for a lot longer than people think and it won't be the big story anymore," he added.
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Robin Griffiths, technical strategist from Cazenove Capital, agreed with the relatively weak and steady outlook for oil. (Watch the full Robin Griffiths interview here >>>).
"The price of oil is going to average, going forward from here, a lot lower than people had factored in only a few months ago," Griffiths said.
The typical pattern for bear markets also suggests that oil could rally a quarter to a half of the value of its recent fall, followed by a further fall, he added.
Last week Merrill Lynch predicted the commodity's price could sink to just $25 a barrel next year.
Clive Lambert from FuturesTechs told CNBC that that is "more than possible." (Watch the full Clive Lambert interview here >>>).
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