Goldman raises oil forecast, sees jump to $72 this year for U.S. prices

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Pumpjacks operate in the snow in the Permian Basin in Midland, Texas, U.S, on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2021.
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Goldman Sachs is raising its oil price forecast as three key factors should drive prices higher: low inventories, a slow return to prior production levels and speculative inflows. The firm now sees West Texas Intermediate crude hitting $72 by the third quarter, with Brent crude reaching $75. Goldman's prior forecast had Brent at $65 during the third quarter.

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