Crude Oil Forecast: WTI Approaching Key Resistance

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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Reports indicate increasing OPEC exports out of Nigeria and Libya and a partial shutdown of a major U.S. gasoline pipeline weighed on crude oil prices last week. In addition, U.S. rig counts rose to 416, the highest level since February.

That said, some traders are turning their attention to the late September meeting between members of OPEC and Russia to discuss capping production. However, pundits think any meaningful consensus coming out of the meeting is unlikely.

The majority of technical factors are negative and call for crude oil’s decline to continue.

Early Monday, November WTI rallied to $44.7. However, the move up stalled and failed to settle above Friday’s $44.32 open. A bullish Harami line and star setup formed, but the long upper shadow indicates the pattern will likely fail.

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Tomorrow, look for at least $43.1 and possibly $42.7. Both targets connect to major support at $42.1, which is a confluent projection for the primary waves down from $50.0 and $48.38. This is also the last major target protecting the $40.77 swing low. Therefore, $42.1 may hold, at least initially.

Resistance at $44.3 is still important for the near term. However, key resistance for the next day or so will be $44.7. A close over this would call for an extended upward correction to $45.3, $45.9, and possibly $46.5.

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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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The U.K.’s vote for Brexit came as a shock to many investors and traders around the world. Equity markets have tumbled and crude oil followed suit as the U.S. dollar has risen substantially. Some pundits think the downturn in oil has been overdue, and warn that the market is still oversupplied and could slip further in coming weeks and months. Others hold the recovery will continue and that the decline is likely an overreaction to Brexit.

It is clear that sentiment is mixed. However, charts tell a clearer story. The long-term bias is positive, and ultimately odds still favor the move up. However, the downward correction is poised to continue for the near-term.

Negative Factors

August WTI met confluent support near $46.0 on Monday. This was in line the 0.618 projection of the wave $50.54 – 46.7 – 48.45 and 1.382 projection of the wave $48.45 – 46.92 – 47.96. Near-term odds favor a decline to at least $44.7, the 1.00 projections of the waves $52.28 – 46.4 – 50.54 and $50.54 – 46.7 – 48.45. This is a very important target and decision point for WTI. A close below $44.7 would open the way for targets in the low $40s. It is at those targets that the market will need to decide whether the move up will continue or a long-term bearish outlook would be adopted again.

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Positive Factors

The upward correction that began late Monday afternoon may extend to $46.8 and even $47.5 in early trading Tuesday. However, $47.5 should hold. A close over $47.5 would call for a test of key resistance levels above $50.0, that if overcome, would indicate the downward correction is over.

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The falling U.S. dollar and higher probability the U.K. will vote to remain in the European Union are reportedly causes for crude oil’s recovery. However, some analysts have stated that increasing U.S. rig counts and production coming back online in Canada will keep a lid on oil prices for the near term.

August WTI crude oil met crucial support at $46.41 on Friday before turning higher and forming a daily bullish engulfing line. So far, the move up to $50.0 has retraced 62 percent of the decline from $52.28 to $46.4. A close over $50.0 would significantly increase odds for $51.0 and possibly $52.3 later this week.

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Support at $48.6 will most likely hold. The key level for the next few days will be $47.8. These are the 38 and 62 percent retracements from $46.4 to $50.0, respectively. A close below $47.8 would indicate the move up has likely formed Wave B of a larger scale ABC correction. This would in turn open the way for the downward correction to extend to targets in the mid-to-low $40s.

This scenario is less likely given the strong price rise over the past few days. With all factors considered, crude oil will most likely settle into a range in the upper $40s and low $50s soon while it sorts through the conflicting geopolitical, fundamental, and technical factors.

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