- Recent 4 weeks of bullish movement in WTI crude oil has flashed out bullish exhaustion conditions.
- At the risk of shaping a bearish counter-trend/mean reversion movement within a major uptrend phase.
- Key resistance will be at US$93.80 with intermediate support zone of US$86.30/US$84.90
West Texas Oil (a proxy of WTI crude oil futures)’s relentless medium-term uptrend move of +19% from the 24 August 2023 low of US$77.00/barrel to yesterday’s 19 September high of US$93.05/barrel has flashed out sights of bullish exhaustion where the next set of price actions are likely to be a bearish counter-trend/mean reversion movement within its major uptrend phase that is still intact since 4 May 2023 low of US$63.67/barrel.
Bearish “Shooting Star” formed right below key resistance
Fig 1: West Texas Oil medium-term trend as of 20 Sep 2023 (Source: TradingView, click to enlarge chart)
During yesterday’s intraday session, price actions continued their bullish impulsive movement during the Asian and European sessions but sizzled out throughout the US session as it closed near the low (US$90.93) of the day, 19 September.
This set of intraday price action behaviours culminated into a daily “Shooting Star”, a bearish reversal Japanese candlestick pattern and the appearance of such candlestick right below a key resistance of US$93.80 (medium-term swing highs of 10 October/7 November 2022 & a Fibonacci extension cluster) increases the odds of bearish counter-trend movement next.
Bearish breakdown below minor ascending channel support
Fig 2: West Texas Oil minor short-term trend as of 20 Sep 2023 (Source: TradingView, click to enlarge chart)
As seen on the shorter time frame 1-hour chart, yesterday’s intraday price actions movement has also staged a bearish breakdown below a minor ascending channel support which indicates the recent minor uptrend phase from the 23 August 2023 low of US$78.03 is likely to have reached a terminal point.
The next set of price actions is likely to be bearish at least in the short term supported by a bearish divergence condition at the overbought zone seen in the hourly RSI that advocates an emergence of bearish momentum.
If the US$93.80 key pivotal resistance holds and a break below the near-term support of US$89.50, the price actions of West Texas Oil are likely to slide further in the context of a bearish counter-trend movement towards the intermediate support zone of US$86.30/US$84.90 (also the upward slopping 20-day moving average).
However, a clearance above US$93.80 invalidates the minor bearish scenario for a continuation of the bullish impulsive up move sequence towards the next resistances at US$95.80 and US$97.60 (congestion area of 23 June 2022 to 9 July 2022 & the 50% Fibonacci retracement of the prior major downtrend from 7 March 2022 high to 4 May 2023 low).
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