Crude Oil Continues to Seep Lower Before OPEC

Both Brent and WTI crude continue to drift lower ahead of Thursday’s OPEC/Non-OPEC meeting in Vienna.

The divergence in price behaviour between Brent and WTI continued overnight. Although both contracts fell, WTI had much the worse of it, falling 1.90% to 57.65 as the overbought technical indicators and the imminent reopening of the Keystone pipeline from Canada weighed on it. By contrast, Brent fell a meagre 0.40% to 63.65, staging a late comeback having almost touched 63.00 earlier in the session on rumours of Russian jitters about extending the OPEC/Non-OPEC production cut. Ahead of Thursday’s meeting, we expect position squaring to weigh on both crude contracts.

 

With no API Crude Inventory figures this evening, the short-term market will be operating in a data vacuum with Wednesday’s official crude inventories likely subsumed ahead of the Thursday summit. Oil trading will therefore probably be choppy intraday as short-term traders chase their tails on rumours and innuendo.

 

Brent crude is unchanged in early Asian trading with intra-day resistance at 63.95 ahead of the formidable twin double tops at 64.40 and 64.85. Support is at 63.00 and 62.25 ahead of the critical multiple daily lows at 61.25.

Brent Daily

WTI has drifted ten cents lower to 57.55 as traders continue to lighten long positions. Support is initially at the overnight lows of 57.35 followed by 56.75 and then the two-month trendline support close behind at 56.55. A break of this level sets the scene for a much broader correction to 55.00. WTI formed a  double top at 56.85 overnight which becomes strong resistance.

WTI Daily

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Jeffrey Halley

Jeffrey Halley

Senior Market Analyst, Asia Pacific
With more than 30 years of FX experience – from spot/margin trading and NDFs through to currency options and futures – Jeffrey Halley is OANDA’s senior market analyst for Asia Pacific, responsible for providing timely and relevant macro analysis covering a wide range of asset classes. He has previously worked with leading institutions such as Saxo Capital Markets, DynexCorp Currency Portfolio Management, IG, IFX, Fimat Internationale Banque, HSBC and Barclays. A highly sought-after analyst, Jeffrey has appeared on a wide range of global news channels including Bloomberg, BBC, Reuters, CNBC, MSN, Sky TV, Channel News Asia as well as in leading print publications including the New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He was born in New Zealand and holds an MBA from the Cass Business School.
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