WTI crude – End of the road?

 WTI looking overstretched

Oil prices are spending a third day in the red, coming off the highs that were reached earlier in the week after the US announced it would not extend waivers on oil imports from Iran, which had previously been afforded to eight countries.

This was an unexpected development and triggered another rally in oil prices as traders weighed up the impact of up to a million barrels of oil disappearing, clearly not buying the line that the US, Saudi Arabia and UAE would fill the gap.

Inventory data will have contributed to declines of the last few days, with API and EIA both reporting large increases in stocks.

WTI Crude Daily Chart

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Still, WTI remains in a good position, although they are looking a little overstretched to the upside at this point. The last couple of peaks have come amid slowing momentum which is typically a red flag and may indicate a correction in prices.

WTI is trading more than 3% lower at the time of writing and while this is being partially attributed to Trump’s claim that he called OPEC and told it to bring oil prices down, the move was already underway and when an instrument is overbought, it doesn’t tend to take much to trigger an oversized move. This is a prime example of that.

WTI now faces a big test around $61-62 range, with prior support and resistance combining with the 200 and 233-day simple moving averages to offer potential support. A break below here would be a very bearish development, with $57-58 being the next test.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Currency Analyst at OANDA
Based in London, England, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a Market Analyst. With more than five years' experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while conducting macroeconomic commentary. He has been published by The Financial Times, Reuters, the Wall Street Journal and The Telegraph, and he also appears regularly as a guest commentator on networks including Sky News, Bloomberg, CNBC and BBC. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and he is recognized as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.