WTI crude – Small bounce but still vulnerable

Oil prices continue lower after Trump comments

Oil prices are trading a little higher on Monday, paring Friday’s losses which came after Donald Trump claimed to have spoken with OPEC an demanded they bring prices down.

It’s worth noting that this is not the first time Trump has talked about oil prices and pointed the finger of blame at OPEC. He’s also repeatedly tried to influence OPEC’s decision making when it comes to output but there’s been no evidence that it’s been in any way successful.

So why are markets paying so much attention now? They’re not really. Oil prices were looking very overextended to the upside and Trump’s comments – intentionally or not – provided the perfect opportunity to cut exposure and allow the market to correct.

WTI Daily Chart

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That’s why we’re seeing such a decline, not because the market suddenly expects OPEC to be guided by Trump’s outbursts. Still, WTI faces a very interesting test around $60.50-61.50 area, where the 200-day SMA crosses prior support and resistance.

This is where it’s currently running into support and may explain today’s bounce, with it being a fairly logical profit taking level.

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Does that mean we won’t see further losses?

Of course not. Price was looking overextended for a reason and Friday’s move doesn’t really constitute a significant correction. Today’s bounce has also, so far, not been particularly significant which supports the view that this may only be some profit taking.

WTI 4-Hour Chart

If this is the case, we may see WTI take another run at this key support in the coming days, a break of which could be the catalyst for further declines.

Support below there, should we break below, could come around $57-58, which has been notable support and resistance over the last six months.

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Craig Erlam

Craig Erlam

Former 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.