WTI Crude – Staying Mildly Bearish Despite Yesterday’s Rally

Price action for yesterday looks fairly similar to Wednesday – prices started pushing higher during Asian/European hours only to see US session sending prices much lower. Today seems to be a little bit different though, with prices getting on the backfoot during Asian session with the small downtrend likely to be extended during European hours despite a flurry of green seen on European Index Futures – suggesting that European stocks should be trading higher later today.

Hence, it is clear that Crude isn’t tracking risk appetite right now, so what is driving prices?

Hourly Chart


The obvious answer will be technicals, as price action for the past 2 days fits nicely within an rising channel. The fact that the biggest bouts of rallies and sell-off did not match with any fundamental news releases but instead matches nicely with the Channel boundaries affirms this notion that technical influences is much stronger currently. If this is true, then the latest bearish break from Channel Bottom should be be able to inspire further sell-off towards 97.6, 97.1 or even 96.25 support if the bearish breakout momentum is strong. However, looking at Stochastic levels, it is more likely that prices may find support by 97.10 as we are not very far from the Oversold territory.

Non-Farm Payroll later may help to affirm the Channel Breakout as well. A weaker than expected print is likely to drive Crude prices lower, accelerating the bearish breakout. Alternatively, a stronger than expected print will send prices higher on knee-jerk bullish reaction but as long as price stay below Channel Bottom, the breakout will still remain intact and further sell-off will still be possible. It is also plausible that price trades lower despite a stronger NFP print but that will only help us affirm the bearish breakout play. Only if prices start to push higher despite a weaker than expected NFP will we need to change the current bearish outlook, which makes it 3 out of 4 scenarios favoring/affirming downside movement.

Daily Chart


Daily Chart is less optimistic about bears though as yesterday’s rally has successfully snuffed out the possibility of a Head and Shoulders Pattern. Nonetheless, Price action is still bearish with a Shooting Star candle underneath the 98.0 resistance and confluence with rising trendline. Stochastic readings remains below 80.0, suggesting that the bearish cycle that started with last week’s bearish rejection off 98.0 is still a go ahead.

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Mingze Wu

Mingze Wu

Currency Analyst at Market Pulse
Based in Singapore, Mingze Wu focuses on trading strategies and technical and fundamental analysis of major currency pairs. He has extensive trading experience across different asset classes and is well-versed in global market fundamentals. In addition to contributing articles to MarketPulseFX, Mingze centers on forex and macro-economic trends impacting the Asia Pacific region.
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