“BEIJING, Dec. 5 (UPI) — As investors watch carefully the balance between oil supply and demand, ratings agencies said the Chinese economy was on pace to moderate in 2017.
Twin crashes on the Chinese stock market at the start of this year added momentum to a plummet in crude oil prices. Oil prices at one point this year dropped below $30 per barrel before an OPEC production agreement helped put a floor under crude.
Moody’s Investors Service one year ago “sharply” lowered its assumptions for oil prices for 2016 as production far outweighed consumption levels. In late December 2015, Goldman Sachs said crude oil prices may need to hit $20 per barrel before a balance between supply and demand returns.
Moody’s said Monday that restructuring within Chinese corporate sectors meant one of the world’s leading economies was starting to face headwinds. Christine Kuo, a senior vice president at Moody’s, said the ratings agency was operating on the assumption that Chinese gross domestic product drops from 6.7 percent during the first three quarters of this year to 6.3 percent in 2017.”