WTI Crude – 103.0 Broken But Further Bearish Confirmation Needed

Sometimes market just behave beyond your expectations.

Yesterday it was mentioned that DOE Crude Inventories may not provide true directional movements, but merely add fuel to the volatility bonfire between 103.0 – 104.5, and we’ve got that grossly wrong. The latest numbers from DOE was extremely bearish, showing an increase of 6.8M when analysts were expecting a 0.9M gain. Furthermore, there seem to be structural issue with supply/demand balance in WTI Crude, with this week’s numbers continuing last week’s dismal implied demand, suggesting that this week’s numbers can’t be regarded as a one off outlier.

Hourly Chart


Hence it is no wonder that prices fell close to $2.50 a a barrel on a D/D basis. However, it should be noted that prices were already bearish before the DOE numbers were released, and there is a strong likelihood that bears simply made use of this opportunity to sell aggressively, breaking 102.5 and 102.0 support lines in the process.

From a technical perspective, it is not surprising to see prices acting bearishly during early US session as pressure has always been towards the downside due to the failure of price to test 104.5 during the rally 2 days ago. Hence, a retest of 103.5 was always possible given the broad “risk off” sentiment with all the issues surrounding US Debt Ceiling and Government Budget right now. By breaking 103.5, quick acceleration was always a high possibility with price moving towards 103.0 and subsequently 102.5 when the former has been broken. The only true surprise was that the DOE numbers came at the best possible time for the bears, and hence even 102.0 support buckled. However based on current price action, there seem to be a chance that prices may be retaking 102.0 once more, affirming our previous assertion that a sideways movement in the short-term was always favored.

Weekly Chart


Weekly Chart disagree with the sideways outlook though, as the breach of 103.0 and the break of the rising trendline intersection impairs the bull trend that has been in play since April lows. This is in line with what Stochastic indicator has been telling us with Stoch curve continuing pointing lower and  is currently below the 40.0 “support” level – suggesting that bearish momentum from August highs is still in play with 98.0 – 100.0 support zone as target.

That being said, considering the volatility in WTI, there is a chance that this break of 103.0 may not be “real”, and further confirmation should be sought to eliminate fakeouts. Nonetheless it is good to see prices trading below last Wed’s level where prices rallied due to the expected completion of the TransCanada Corp pipeline. By trading below this level, we can assume that market has fully digested and discounted the additional pipeline news, and with no more pipelines coming up, we have no more bullish drivers in the next few months that will be unique to WTI only. This would mean WTI will track global oil prices better and be driven by global economic rise and fall in the months to come.

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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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