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Oil rebounds from 1-year low as US inventories rise for an eight consecutive week

Oil prices continue to rebound for a second consecutive day and off the 1-year low and record 12 straight days of weakness.  Concerns of rising oil production and weakening demand from developing countries helped take West Texas Intermediate into bear market territory.  Earlier in New York, the EIA weekly crude oil inventory report saw U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 10.3 million barrels from the previous week, significantly higher than 3.2 million eyed by analysts. This was the eighth straight week of increases and the deepest rally since early 2017.  At 442.1 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are about 5% above the five year average for this time of year.

Despite the recent bounce, price action on the WTI daily chart displays the recent bearish trend is closely approaching a death cross, a technical signal that occurs when the 50-day moving average crosses through and below the 200-day moving average.


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Ed Moya

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Senior Market Analyst, The Americas at OANDA
With more than 20 years’ trading experience, Ed Moya is a senior market analyst with OANDA, producing up-to-the-minute intermarket analysis, coverage of geopolitical events, central bank policies and market reaction to corporate news. His particular expertise lies across a wide range of asset classes including FX, commodities, fixed income, stocks and cryptocurrencies. Over the course of his career, Ed has worked with some of the leading forex brokerages, research teams and news departments on Wall Street including Global Forex Trading, FX Solutions and Trading Advantage. Most recently he worked with TradeTheNews.com, where he provided market analysis on economic data and corporate news. Based in New York, Ed is a regular guest on several major financial television networks including CNBC, Bloomberg TV, Yahoo! Finance Live, Fox Business and Sky TV. His views are trusted by the world’s most renowned global newswires including Reuters, Bloomberg and the Associated Press, and he is regularly quoted in leading publications such as MSN, MarketWatch, Forbes, Breitbart, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal. Ed holds a BA in Economics from Rutgers University.
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