On this collection we scale-back and have a look at the broader technical image to realize a bit extra perspective on the place we’re in pattern. Crude oil has plummeted a staggering 33% from the yearly highs registered simply final month with costs poised to snap a seven-week shedding streak after rebounding from close by confluence assist. Here are the important thing targets & invalidation ranges that matter on the Crude Oil (WTI)weekly chart heading into the shut of the month. Evaluation this week’s Technique Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and extra.
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Crude Oil Weekly Worth Chart (WTI)
Notes: Earlier this month our ‘backside line’ highlighted that crude oil costs had been, “approaching the primary main assist confluence at 57.45-58.10.” We famous break under this zone would danger, “accelerated losses in crude costs with such a situation concentrating on the 55-handle backed by the 200-week transferring common round ~52.25”
Crude broke decrease days later with worth closing under the 200-week transferring common final week. Preliminary assist rests at 50.25 the place the 50-line of the descending pitchfork extending off the early highs converges on the 76.four% retracement of the 2017 advance. It’s value noting that usually I’m not a fan of those steep slopes however given the current worth motion, we’ll take what we will get.
Preliminary resistance now stands again on the 200-week transferring common (at the moment ~52.20) with a breach above 55.21 wanted to alleviate additional draw back stress. Broader bearish invalidation rests with the yearly open at 60.06. A draw back break from right here retains the concentrate on extra vital assist zone on the median-line of the 2015/2016 slope / 61.eight% retracement at 45.45-46.24.
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Backside line: Crude costs might see some again & fill right here however the danger stays decrease sub-55.21. Observe that momentum remains to be in oversold territory and from a buying and selling standpoint there’s nothing to do on the long-side simply but. Excellent situation sees a washout in the direction of 46 earlier than mounting a extra significant restoration. I’ll publish an up to date scalp report as soon as we get additional readability on near-term worth motion.
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Crude Oil Dealer Sentiment
A abstract of IG Consumer Sentiment reveals merchants are net-long Crude Oil – the ratio stands at +5.39 (84.four% of merchants are lengthy) – bearish studying
Traders have remained net-long since October 11th; worth has moved 31.zero% decrease since then
Lengthy positions are10.2% decrease than yesterday and 12.9% greater from final week
Quick positions are 5.6% greater than yesterday and 26.zero% greater from final week
We usually take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the very fact merchants are net-long suggests Crude costs might proceed to fall. But merchants are much less net-long than yesterday & in contrast with final week andthe recent modifications in sentiment warn that the present Oil – US Crude worth pattern might quickly reverse greater regardless of the very fact merchants stay net-long.
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Earlier Weekly Technical Charts
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— Written by Michael Boutros, Technical Foreign money Strategist with DailyFX
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