WTI Crude Oil Price Forecast
The long-term outlook for WTI crude oil is bullish. The move up is poised to eventually reach $41.8 where it will attempt to fill the July contract’s March 7 gap down from $41.88. However, WTI has desperately been due for a significant correction. Based on this afternoon’s price action, there is still a good chance for a larger test of support during the next couple of days.
There is little doubt that the move down from $40.44 is corrective. Today’s close above the 62 percent retracement of the decline to $34.36 is positive for the near-term outlook. Even so, today’s move up stalled just below the $39.1 target as called for in yesterday’s update. Also, the wave formation down from $39.06 calls for a test of $37.3 and likely $36.3 before a new high is made. Falling below $36.3 will call for $35.3, the smaller than (0.618) target of the primary wave down from $40.44. A close below $35.3 would call for $33.0 and possibly lower.
Should WTI overcome $39.2, look for a test of what has become key near-term resistance at $40.1. Settling above this will shift near-term odds in favor of making the push to $41.8 sooner rather than later.
Brent Crude Oil Price Forecast
Brent crude oil settled above the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $43.33. This strongly suggests that the recent move down is corrective and that a new high will likely be made soon. However, today’s move up stalled just above the larger than (1.618) target of the primary wave up from $37.01. Therefore, a test of $40.0, likely $39.3, and possibly $38.6 is expected before a new high is made. Settling below $38.6 will call for key support at $37.6, a close below which would call for a much more substantial downward correction before the move up ultimately continues.
For tomorrow, resistance at $41.7 is expected to hold and $42.6 is key. Settling above $42.6 will open the way for $43.5 and higher.
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