Brent Crude – Is the oil rally running on fumes as Brent nears $100?

  • Oil rally is not a repeat of last year
  • $100 a major psychological level
  • Divergences appearing

Oil prices are increasingly hitting the headlines, with Brent crude coming within five dollars of triple figures which will naturally bring back bad memories of last year’s price surge.

It is worth noting that, while oil could top $100, this is very different from 2022 and is largely being driven by OPEC+ tipping the market into deficit which is unlikely to be the long-term plan.

What’s more, there may be some early signs that the oil rally is running on fumes as we get closer to $100, perhaps a sign that traders view it as a major psychological hurdle. That’s what it proved to be in October and November last year, the last time Brent traded around these levels.

Are technical divergences appearing?

It’s still very early to label what we’re seeing as a divergence as it’s not yet clear that the price has made a new high – the rally could continue after this is published, for example, or tomorrow.


Source – OANDA on Trading View

But the fact the price has surpassed the last peak after breaking above the bullish flag formation and both the stochastic and MACD look sluggish is perhaps an early red flag. It will certainly be one to watch if the price keeps rising towards $100 which has naturally become the latest obsession.

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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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