Crude Oil Forecast: WTI Forms Bullish Hammer

Crude oil prices continue to decline. Reports indicate the primary culprit is waning expectations for a meaningful OPEC output cut. In addition, some see record level production from countries like Russia and Canada as an equalizer to any cuts that may be made. There is also added uncertainty as US president-elect Donald Trump has pledged to loosen US drilling restrictions, which could boost domestic output next year.

Most technical factors are also negative. December WTI crude oil is poised to challenge the $41.58 swing low made August 3. This is in line with the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $34.06 to $53.62. Key support is $40.0, the 1.00 projection of the wave $53.62 – 41.58 – 52.22. A close below $41.6 would call for a long-term bearish outlook. A close below $40.0 would open the way for potentially $35.6 and lower.

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That said, on Monday the move down stalled at $42.2 and formed a bullish hammer. This is a reversal pattern setup that indicates the upward correction may extend first. The hammer’s completion point is $43.9 and the confirmation point is $44.4.

A close over $44.4 would call for a more substantial correction to $46.0. This is crucial resistance for the near-term because it is the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $52.22 to $42.2. Without a bullish shift in underlying factors, it is doubtful that $46.0 will be overcome.

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Traders are reportedly waiting for more information regarding the tentative OPEC deal to cut crude oil production before making up their minds about whether to be bullish. Some pundits say that until the deal is confirmed next month, crude oil prices may continue to soften. A stronger U.S. dollar also reportedly weighed on crude oil prices late last week. However, the dollar has formed a daily evening star setup that suggests it may pull back a bit before rising again.

Last week, December WTI formed a pseudo double top at nominally $52.19 (highs of $52.16 and $52.22). The pattern’s confirmation point is the $49.79 swing low. On Monday, December fell to $49.62 but was unable to confirm the double top with a close below $49.79.WTI crude oil

The rally into Monday’s settle confirmed bullish KasePO momentum divergence on the $0.35 Kase Bar chart. It also setup a daily morning star and hammer setup. This candlestick pattern indicates a test of last Thursday’s $51.1 midpoint should take place Tuesday. This is a very important level for the near-term. $51.1 is also in line with an intra-day $51.0 swing high and the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $52.22 to $49.62. A close over $51.1 would call for $51.6 and possibly for the $52.19 double top to be challenged again.

That said, while $51.1 holds, there is still a good chance for the move down to extend because the double top is still intact. A close below $49.79 would confirm the double top and open the way for $49.3 and lower.

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Last week, after WTI crude oil surged higher on Monday, prices eased a bit and an overdue correction started. Media sources indicate prices fell due to concern about persistent oversupply. Traders are reportedly waiting for new bullish news to push prices higher. In addition, skeptics remain doubtful that OPEC will be able to follow through on last month’s proposed production cut.

Technical factors show that the correction should extend to at least $49.1. This is because the wave $52.16 – 49.79 – 51.51 met its 0.618 projection at $49.9. Waves that meet the 0.618 projection typically extend to the 1.00 projection, in this case $49.2. This is also near the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $43.77. The confluence point is $49.1.

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That said, the correction may be forming a bullish descending triangle. The upper trend line of the formation is $51.1. The move up late today indicates WTI might test this upper trend line before the downward correction continues.

A close over $51.1 would call for the $51.51 swing high to be overcome. This would, in turn, take out the wave down from $52.16 that projects to $49.0 and lower. Therefore, for the move down to continue as expected $51.1 should hold and the $51.51 swing high must hold.

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WTI has primarily risen on the momentum created by the tentative agreement between OPEC members to cut production by 200,000 to 700,000 barrels per day in coming months. The details of such a deal are still being ironed out and would have to be ratified at OPEC’s meeting in November.

Some traders and analysts reportedly believe that the bullish sentiment from the OPEC announcement is now priced into the market and that further external catalyst is necessary to push prices higher. WTI showed signs of exhaustion last week. However, prices were boosted by an unexpected decline in U.S. crude oil inventories late in the week and rose to $51.6 on Monday.

OPEC detractors remain skeptical because much of the world’s oil is now produced outside of the cartel. Many pundits believe that it will take more than OPEC cuts to stabilize oil prices. To that end, Saudi Arabian and Russian officials are set to meet in Istanbul this week to discuss such matters. However, several reports indicate comments made by Russia’s energy minister dampened hopes that an agreement would be reached during their meeting.

The technical outlook for WTI is bullish, but there have been a few signs of weakness. The recent wave formation up from $43.06 is overextended, the Stochastic is overbought, and most momentum indicators are setup for daily bearish divergences. Although there is no definitive technical evidence the move up will stall, a correction should take place soon.

November is approaching key resistance at $52.6. This is the point at which the wave formation up from contract low connects with the wave up from early August’s low. $52.6 is the 0.618 projection for the wave $34.1 – 53.39 – 40.77 and the 1.00 projection for the wave $40.77 – 50.0 – 43.06. A close over $52.6 would open the way for a longer-term bullish outlook with targets in the upper $50s and low $60s. WTI should rise to $52.6. However, given the importance of this level, we expect to see a correction before $52.6 is overcome.

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Should prices turn lower before rising to $52.6, look for initial support at $50.5 and then $49.6. A close below the latter would call for an extended correction to $48.3. A normal correction should hold $48.3 because it is the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $43.06. A close below this would call for a more substantial correction before the move up continues.

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Bullish optimism regarding OPEC’s preliminary agreement to cut crude oil production has reportedly fueled the move higher during the past week. The news came last Wednesday after members met during a conference in Algeria. OPEC will meet again on November 30 to further discuss and possibly ratify the deal. However, many are still skeptical that an OPEC deal will be enough to balance supply and demand if production is minimally cut or capped near record output levels.

Technical factors reflect the underlying bullish sentiment. The monthly and weekly candlesticks are positive and call for the move up to extend. In addition, November WTI overcame the $48.38 swing high. This was important because the move above $48.38 takes out the primary wave down from $50.0 and significantly dampens odds for a continued decline in the near-term.

On Monday, an important target was met at $48.9. The waves that projected to $48.9 now call for November to challenge the $50.0 swing high. Overcoming $50.0 would solidify a near-term bullish outlook and call for key resistance at $52.3. The $52.3 objective is the gateway for a longer-term bullish outlook.

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That said, bearish divergences were triggered on the $1.00 Kase Bar chart early Tuesday. Therefore, a correction might take place before the move up extends to $50.0. There is initial support at $48.0 and then $46.9. The latter is expected to hold. A close below $46.9 would call for $46.0 and then key support centered around $45.0 to possibly be tested.

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Charts tell us what the market knows about itself, and right now, WTI crude oil is confused. There are many competing fundamental, technical, and geopolitical factors in play at the moment. Therefore, no one factor has a clear and decisive edge over the others.

October WTI is oscillating in a corrective range and will most likely continue to do so until there is a sustained close over $52.4 or below $41.3. These are the points at which the larger scale wave projections up from $39.96 and down from $53.02 merge with the most recent projections up from $43.0 and down from $49.36, respectively.

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These waves also show how the connections are made to the important $52.4 resistance and $41.3 support levels.

The longer-term favors a move up, but in the near-term look for a test of at least $43.8 first. A close below this would call for $41.3. A sustained close below $41.3 is doubtful without help from external factors, but would call for a longer-term bearish outlook.

Should October WTI close over $46.6, near-term odds would shift in favor of $47.7, which is the 0.618 projection of the wave up from $43.0. This wave makes a connection from $47.7 to $49.5 and ultimately $52.4. A sustained close over $52.4 would call for the bullish move up to extend to new highs for 2016.

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On Friday, WTI crude oil prices pulled back sharply after the U.S. Federal Reserve signaled short-term interest rates may be raised in coming weeks. The U.S. dollar rose, and oil prices fell. The week ended on a negative note, and the corrective pullback extended again on Monday.

Aside from the stronger dollar, media outlets also indicate traders and analysts are weighing the potential consequences of a still oversupplied market against the prospects of a production freeze. Last week, DOE data showed U.S. inventories of oil and refined products have risen to a record high. However, Iran has reportedly shown interest in joining talks with other major producers regarding measures to freeze production in a unified effort to stabilize prices.

The longer-term technical outlook for oil remains positive. However, near-term factors indicate the corrective decline should continue to extend first. October WTI met the 0.618 projection of the wave $49.36 – 46.42 – 48.46 on Monday. Nearly 80 percent of waves that meet the 0.618 projection extend to the 1.00 projection. Therefore, odds favor $45.5 before the move up continues.

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The $45.5 target is important because it is near the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $39.96 to $49.36. A “normal” correction should hold $45.5. A close below $45.5 would open the way for an extended correction and potential trading range in the mid-to-upper $40s.

The move down will remain choppy, but over the next few days look for resistance at $47.9 to hold. Key resistance is $48.7. A move to $48.7 would take out the wave down from $49.36 that projects to $45.5 and lower.

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Declines in U.S. crude oil and gasoline inventories, a weaker U.S. dollar, and recent indications that OPEC and other major producers could take measures to stabilize prices are reportedly catalysts for last week’s near eight percent gain. However, some pundits believe the recent rally may keep the market oversupplied as higher prices could encourage more drilling. This point was emphasized by rig counts increasing by 10 last week to the highest level since February.

From a technical perspective, October WTI settled above key resistance levels at $48.0 and $48.7 late last week. The move up is poised to continue above $50.0, but is in desperate need of a correction. The Stochastic has been overbought, and on Friday, an evening star setup formed.

On Monday, the correction WTI has been waiting for began. Friday’s evening star was confirmed on Monday when October settled below $47.58. The Stochastic’s %K line is falling below the %D line, which is also negative. These factors indicate a deeper correction to at least $46.6 and possibly $45.8 should take place this week. The move down will likely be choppy and corrective, but should extend at least a bit more before the move up continues.

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The key support level is $45.8. This is because $45.8 is the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $39.96. A normal correction should hold $45.8. A close below this would call for an extended correction toward the 50 and 62 percent retracements.

Look for initial resistance at $48.3 and $49.0. These are near Monday’s midpoint and open. The $48.3 level will probably be tested in early trading, but should hold. A close over $49.0 would indicate the correction is complete. This would in turn open the way for $50.1 and higher.

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September WTI crude oil’s settle above $44.4 Friday and $45.7 Monday has opened the way for the move up to continue. The Stochastic has risen into overbought territory, but there is no technical evidence the move will stall.

The next targets are $46.3, $47.0, and $47.9. The $47.9 level is a crucial confluence point split between the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $52.73 and the 1.618 projection of the wave up from $39.19. A sustained close over $47.9 would confirm the market is moving toward bullish territory again.

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A pullback may take place soon. However, support at $45.3 should hold. This is near Monday’s midpoint. Key support for the near-term is $44.7. A close below this would call for an extended downward correction to at least $44.1 and possibly $43.5.

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September WTI crude oil’s correction up from $39.19 gained ground on Monday when it settled above $42.8. Media outlets indicate the rise was due renewed hopes that OPEC members might consider freezing production levels. OPEC announced on Monday that they would hold informal talks at an energy conference in September.

That said, from a technical perspective, the move down was due for a correction. September WTI briefly moved into bearish territory last week when it settled below $40.4. However, a highly confluent and important $39.2 target held when the $39.19 swing low was made. The Stochastic has since risen out of oversold territory, and several intraday charts confirmed bullish momentum divergences.

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Friday’s hanging man candlestick pattern was negative by Monday’s close over $42.8. This opens the way for $44.4. This is the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $52.73 to $39.19 and an important decision point for the near-term. If the move down is going to continue within the next few weeks, $44.4 should hold. However, a close over $44.4 would call for an extended correction and could be an early indication that another long-term bottom has been made.

As the move up extends over the next few days, look for near-term support at $42.5, $41.8, and $40.8. The $42.5 level will probably be tested early Tuesday, but should hold. This is near Monday’s midpoint. Key support is $40.8 because it is the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $39.19. A close below this would shift odds in favor of testing $39.19 again.

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