US crude has dropped sharply on Monday, continuing the downward trend seen late last week. In the North American session, WTI/USD futures are trading at $43.19. Brent crude is trading at $44.80, as the Brent premium stands at $1.59. It’s a quiet start to the trading week, with no US releases on the schedule. On Tuesday, there are two key releases, CB Consumer Confidence and New Home Sales.
Crude prices continue to slide. WTI/USD has plunged 4.9% since Wednesday, dropping close to the $43 level. US crude inventory reports continue to point to declines week after week, but crude prices haven’t rebounded due to the oversupply of crude. Drilling activity in the US is on the upswing, as the number of US drilling rigs continues to increase. This is raising concerns that higher production levels in the US will exacerbate supply levels and push down crude prices even further. In late June, US crude broke above the $50 level, but has since dropped sharply, losing more than 12 percent in that time.
Central banks remain in the spotlight, and this week it’s the turn of the Federal Reserve. Last week ,the ECB followed the cue of the BoE and maintained interest rates at a flat of 0.00%. The Fed meets for a policy meeting on July 27 but is unlikely to announce a rate hike at that time. However, with the US posting some solid numbers in the past few weeks, speculation has risen that the bank could raise rates before the end of the year. Another rate hike will be data-dependent, so if key indicators beat expectations, the likelihood of a rate hike will continue to increase. Still, the Fed will be hesitant to make a move if inflation remains stuck at very low levels, well short of the Fed’s target of around 2 percent.
Monday (July 25)
- There are no releases on Monday
*Key events are in bold
*All release times are EDT
WTI/USD for Monday, July 25, 2016
WTI/USD July 25 at 11:35 EDT
Open: 44.28 High: 44.37 Low: 43.19 Close: 43.21
WTI USD Technical
- WTI/USD was flat in the Asian session. The pair posted small losses in the European session and this has continued in North American session.
- 39.32 is providing support
- 43.45 is fluid and was tested in resistance earlier in the day. It could see further action in the North American session
Further levels in both directions:
- Below: 39.32, 35.25 and 30.55
- Above: 43.45, 46.69, 50.13 and 53.50
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