WTI down by 0.9%

Front-month WTI crude prices are down 0.9% at $63.30, earlier printing a one-week low at $63.23. This extends the correction from the 5-month high seen last Tuesday at $64.79.

This 5-day dip could be interpreted so far as a correction in a bull market. Prices are still up by over 8% from month-ago levels, and are up by 39.4% on the year-to-date following what was the biggest quarterly rise in crude prices in Q1 in over 10 years. OPEC-led supply curtailment, US sanctions against Iranian and Venezuelan oil exports along with still-strong global demand have been underpinning the market.

From the technical perspective, USOIL is holding well above an increasing 20-day SMA, while 50-day SMA also extends further to the upside confirming the bullish momentum rise. The daily momentum indicators have slipped slightly, however they hold at the high positive area, suggesting that this is a small pause of the 3-month steep rally.

Hence as for the past 3 months, every pullback was well supported by bulls, the overall sentiment stays bullish unless there is a strong breakout of the 200-day SMA at $61.10. Intraday Support is held at $63.00, while the medium term one is set at 20-day SMA, at $61.60.

A move to the upside above last week’s high at $64.70 could retest the next Resistance at $66.60 (January 2018 peak) and $68.80 (76.4% Fibonacci retracement set by the downleg from 77 highs).

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Andria Pichidi

Market Analyst

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