Wellhead Uncapping Spurs Oil Higher

Brent and WTI explode higher as global tensions uncap Brent’s long-term resistance.

The wellhead was uncapped, and oil gushed higher overnight with Brent rising nearly four percent and WTI three percent. Sabre rattling rhetoric from Iran and North Korea sent jitters through the market, but it is the Kurdish independence referendum that had the most effect. Both Iraq and Turkey are threatening to cut off the Kurd’s export routes in the event of an almost certain yes vote.

Healthy global demand according to the IEA has played its part, and the prompt futures backwardation in Brent has finally seen it break long-term resistance. The outperformance of Brent can be partially explained by stop-loss and model buyers coming to the market once the 57.00 level broke. However, some caution is warranted at these levels with the relative strength indices (RSI’s) of both contracts very overbought. In Brent’s case extremely overbought. It leaves both vulnerable to a downside correction or at the very least multi-day sideways consolidation.


Brent spot trades flat in Asia at its previous session highs at 58.75. Having broken the long-term 56.50/57.00 regions, this now becomes a pivotal support in the short term. Above here, the psychological 60.00 a barrel level will be formidable initial resistance at such overbought levels.

Brent Daily


WTI spot trades slightly of its New York highs at 51.70 in early Asia. Initial resistance is nearby at 51.85 followed by April’s high at 53.60. Given the level of the RSI, this will be a tough nut to crack in the short term. Initial support is at 51.30 followed by the more distant 50.30 regions and then 50.00.

WTI Daily


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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Currency Analyst
Based in Singapore, Jeffrey has over 25 years experience in the financial markets, having traded currencies, options, precious metals and futures. Jeffrey started his career at Barclays Bank in New Zealand. However he has spent most of it in London and Asia.Jeffrey focuses on the Asia time zone across asset classes. A regular commentator on business news TV and Radio, he is originally from New Zealand and holds an MBA from Cass Business School, London.