ASX 200 energy shares pull back as oil prices take a breather

The energy sector is not having a good day.
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S&P/ASX 200 Index (ASX: XJO) energy shares retreated on Thursday as oil prices fell sharply overnight.

Western Texas Intermediate tumbled US$2.8 or 3.5% overnight from intraday highs of US$79.76 to US$76.91 a barrel. The global benchmark, Brent crude, briefly hit 3-year highs of US$83.45 a barrel before closing the session 3.15% lower at US$80.82.

ASX 200 energy shares and oil prices retreat

The S&P/ASX Energy (INDEXASX: XEJ) index is down 1.02% on Thursday, despite every other sector sitting in positive territory.

The Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX: WPL) share price is down 0.36% to $24.94.

The Oil Search Ltd (ASX: OSH) share price is down 1.32% to $4.49.

Santos Ltd (ASX: STO) is the biggest loser today down 1.75% to $7.30.

While Beach Energy Ltd (ASX: BPT) is also down 1.61% to $1.40.

Despite a small pullback today, the ASX energy index is up 2.06% in the last five days and up 16.7% in the last month.

What’s next for oil?

Market participants are bullish on the near-term outlook for oil amid rising demand and tightening supply, according to S&P Global.

Oil prices jumped this week after the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+ reaffirmed its existing plan to increase output by 400,000 barrels a day every month until at least April 2022.

Market participants were expecting an increase given supply-tight conditions and an ongoing energy crisis in Europe and China.

Another tailwind for oil was raised by analysts at Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ASX: ANZ). Its report said that the recent jump in LNG and coal prices could encourage industrial and power generation sectors to switch to oil instead.

S&P Global said that the market will look at the United States Energy Information Administration (EIA) report due for release on 6 October for “further pricing cues”.

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