WTI crude – Rebound on OPEC+ extension hints

Oil traders encouraged by Saudi output cut confidence

Oil prices have been given a lift in recent days, with various factors feeding into the gains.

Whether that’s the improved overall risk appetite in the markets, US/Mexico developments or an acknowledgement from the Saudi oil minister that an extension to the output cut is almost guaranteed, the news is bullish for oil prices. It also comes at a time when oil prices needed some good news, having fallen more than 15% over the course of a couple of weeks.

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WTI was trading around $50 at the lows which was being talked about as being a fundamentally significant level. From a technical standpoint, this certainly makes a lot of sense. Big numbers are often associated with being significant and $50 certainly ticks that box.

Add to this that it coincides with previous levels of support and resistance – likely because of the previous point – as well as the 61.8% retracement of the move from the 2018 lows to this years highs and it’s hardly surprising that it’s seeing some support here. The real question is whether it can be sustained.

The price drop likely contributed strongly to Khalid al-Falih’s confidence in a deal, with reports previously indicating that Russia was less enthused about the idea. Of course, price is a major factor in this and the rapid decline may have quickly changed that.

This also comes at a time when the US is setting new records on output, which will be frustrating members of the cartel and its new allies but at the same time reinforces the need for the cuts as price would otherwise be substantially lower.

Source – EIA

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Senior Market Analyst, UK & EMEA at OANDA
Based in London, Craig Erlam joined OANDA in 2015 as a market analyst. With many years of experience as a financial market analyst and trader, he focuses on both fundamental and technical analysis while producing macroeconomic commentary. His views have been published in the Financial Times, Reuters, The Telegraph and the International Business Times, and he also appears as a regular guest commentator on the BBC, Bloomberg TV, FOX Business and SKY News. Craig holds a full membership to the Society of Technical Analysts and is recognised as a Certified Financial Technician by the International Federation of Technical Analysts.
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