Despite the relatively sideways trading range and declining volatility that the last few months of 2012 has brought the oil markets, underlying developments have remained fairly dynamic. The November election in the U.S. and change of power in China will have strong impacts on price direction, as will the developments on the production and transportation sides made earlier in the year.Uncompromising leadership in the U.S. and drags from increased regulation and taxes will be countered by potential recovery in the Chinese and European economies as well as a possible euphoric bounce after a fiscal cliff and/or debt ceiling agreement early in the year. A challenge will be made to escape the long-term bullish mindset that has dominated oil markets in recent years and revert to an environment of higher production and potentially downward trending prices. As peak oil was a main factor offering support five years ago, increasing shale production and slowing demand growth are offering pressure now. Signs of oil shortages were a bullish driver a few years ago, but increasing domestic production and potential exports could put the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada into question. While the market may see a generally downward trend in 2013, it may also see short-term bouts of support if OPEC were to reduce production quotas, Israel struck Iran's nuclear capabilities or if the economy grows strongly. Our bias for 2013 suggests that the downtrend that began in May 2011 in both WTI and Brent is likely to continue and that a breach of the 2011 low in WTI at $75/bbl is possible. The market may exhibit wide trading ranges as it did in 2011 & 2012, with WTI expected between $75/bbl-$105/bbl, an average price of $90/bbl, and a year-end objective at $85/bbl. Brent may see its premium to WTI shrink toward $5-$10/bbl by year-end from the low-$20's as the Seaway pipeline expansion opens and BP's Whiting refinery completes its upgrades. Brent could range between $95/bbl-$125/bbl, with an average price of $110/bbl and a year-end objective at $105/bbl.