WTI Crude – Strong Bullish Support Beneath 103.0

Crude oil was extremely bearish yesterday due to major fundamental news going against the bulls. However, we still managed to receive some respite during US session where US stocks enjoyed a technical rebound, pulling WTI prices along. This rally is also a good showcase of strong technical influence as the rebound happened after prices dipped below the 103.0 key support, forming a descending Channel when 102.5 is tagged. Nonetheless the overall setup remains bearish with prices unable to clear descending Channel Top, not to even mention the 104.0 round figure resistance.

Hourly Chart


Currently, we’re trading below the softer resistance of 103.5, which opens up a move back towards Channel Bottom with 103.0 expected to provide support once again. Stochastic readings agree with stoch levels pointing lower once again, and may trigger strong bearish acceleration should readings break the “support” of 60.0.

Weekly Chart


Should 103.0 be broken on the short-term, we could see a even greater push lower with 98.0 – 100.0 support zone the bearish target if this break is confirmed on the long-term chart as well. Given that Stochastic readings still have a fair distance to go before hitting Oversold, it is not unreasonable to believe that prices may be able to hit the lower end of the support zone before stronger bullish pullback is expected.

However, the assumption is that 103.0 is broken. There is still the off chance that short-term momentum may actually push prices higher just like yesterday’s early US session. Should 103.5 and confluence with Descending Channel Top is broken, 104.0 and 104.5 open up as a bullish targets. If both are broken conclusively, we may actually see further bullish acceleration towards 108.5 – 110.0 as that will be an affirmation of 103.0 holding on the Weekly Chart.

Fundamentals still favor downsides though, but trades need to be aware that we could still see knee jerk bullish reactions should US resolve the Debt Ceiling and Government Budget issues. Hence, traders will do well to be more cautious as uncertainty abounds in the short-term.
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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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