WTI Crude Oil Technical Analysis and Short-Term Forecast
WTI crude oil took out $44.6 and fell to challenge support around $43.9. This lower objective, which is adjusted to $43.8 for tomorrow, is a highly confluent and crucial wave projection and retracement. Another attempted test of $43.8 is expected. However, settling below $43.8 might prove to be a challenge because the decline from $46.26 is most likely corrective and forms a bullish flag that should break higher during the next few days.
Nevertheless, taking out $43.8 will negate the flag and clear the way for $43.3 and possibly $42.8. These are the intermediate (1.382) and larger than (1.618) targets of the primary wave down from $46.26.
That said, the long-term outlook for WTI is bullish, and as stated, the decline from $46.26 will most likely prove to be a correction of the move up from $34.04. Furthermore, should WTI overcome $44.9 before taking out $43.8 look for a test of key near-term resistance at the $45.8 intra-day swing high. Overcoming $45.8 will invalidate the wave down from $46.26 that calls for $43.8 and lower and will confirm a break higher out of the bullish flag. This will clear the way for a test of crucial resistance at $46.4.
Brent Crude Oil Technical Analysis and Short-Term Forecast
Brent crude oil fell to challenge support at $46.8 as called for. The decline from $49.0 is most likely corrective and forms a bullish flag that should break higher in the coming days. However, the primary wave down from $49.0 now calls for a test of $46.4 first. Closing below this tomorrow will negate the flag and clear the way for $45.7 and possibly $45.2 instead.
For now, Brent is expected to hold $47.7 as the move down extends toward $46.4. Overcoming $47.7 will call for key near-term resistance at $48.3. Rising above this will invalidate the wave down from $49.0 that calls for $46.4 and lower and will confirm a break higher out of the bullish flag.
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