Crude Oil Short-Term Forecast – July 31, 2018

WTI Crude Oil

WTI held the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $72.98 and subsequently broke lower out of an intra-day bearish flag. The 50-day moving average at $68.22 was tested and held on a closing basis, but the break lower out of the flag and the wave down from $70.43 call for $68.0 tomorrow. This is an important objective because it is the 62 percent retracement of the rise from $66.29. Settling below this would be a strong indication the recent move up is over and that prices will challenge support around the $66.29 swing low over the next few days.

WTI Crude Oil - 65 Cent Kase Bar
WTI Crude Oil – 65 Cent Kase Bar

For now, resistance at $69.4 should hold. However, to regain a bullish near-term outlook WTI must settle above $70.6, which would then open the way for $71.5 and higher. This is doubtful given the break lower out of the bearish flag and will become must less probable upon a close below $68.0.

Brent Crude Oil

Brent settled back below the 50-day moving average today and the move down from yesterday’s $75.79 swing high accelerated. Prices are now poised to challenge at least $73.7 and $73.0 within the next day or so. The latter is key for the near-term outlook because it is the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $71.3. A close below this would be a strong indication the recent move up is over and would open the way for $72.0, $71.1, and lower.

Today’s $74.9 midpoint should hold upon a test of resistance. Key resistance and the barrier for a more positive near-term outlook again is $76.6. A move above this is unlikely though unless support at $73.0 holds, which is currently looking doubtful.

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Dean Rogers

Dean Rogers is the general manager of the Kase Call Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He oversees all of Kase and Company, Inc.’s operations including research and development, marketing, and client support. Dean began his career with Kase in early 2001 as a programmer, but has developed into Kase’s senior technical analyst. He writes Kase’s award winning weekly Crude Oil and Natural Gas Commentaries. He is an instructor at Kase's classes and webinars and provides all of the necessary training and support for Kase's hedging models and trading indicators for both retail and institutional traders.

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