5526-50-Oil-REUTERS_Eduard-KorniyenkoGoldman Sachs has sharply cut its 2015 outlook for the ruble after revising its oil forecasts. Goldman now expects the ruble to fall to 70.0 rubles per dollar over the next three months, down from its previous forecast for 46.2 rubles per dollar. In twelve months, Goldman expects the ruble be at 60 against the dollar, down from its previous outlook for 49.6. “We now expect Brent oil prices to fall further below forwards (and consensus expectations) to $42 per barrel by Q2 2015 before gradually recovering to a medium-term equilibrium of $70 per barrel in early 2016,” writes Kamakshya Trivedi in the Goldman report. “Such a shift likely to affect EM currencies substantially,” including the Russian ruble. “For commodity exporters [such as Russia], a weaker currency serves to absorb some of the pressure from the sharp decline in oil prices and reorient the economy towards non-commodity producing areas,” Kamakshya writes. Earlier on Monday, we highlighted a recent note out from Goldman’s Jeff Currie, who cut his view on oil prices significantly, notably taking his 6-month West Texas Intermediate forecast to $39 from $75 a barrel and the 6-month view on Brent to $43 from $85. More