WTI Crude Oil Price Forecast
The long-term outlook for crude oil remains bullish. However, the move up is due for a significant test of support before rising much higher. During the past couple of days, a few bearish signals have been confirmed that suggest a larger test of support may be underway.
Today’s initial move down tested and held the 100-day moving average. The subsequent move up was aggressive, especially just before the settlement, but held the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $40.44 and the intermediate (1.382) target of the intra-day wave up from $37.07. WTI pulled back a bit this afternoon, which suggests a test of at least $37.9 will take place early tomorrow. Closing below this would then call for $37.0, the smaller than (0.618) target of the primary wave down from $40.44. Closing below $37.0 will clear the way for $35.7 and possibly lower during the next few days.
Nevertheless, the move up has been resilient, so this is a tight call for the near-term. Should WTI rise above $39.7 before taking out $37.0 look for the move up to extend to $40.6 and then the next major objective and potential stalling point at $41.8.
Brent Crude Oil Price Forecast
Brent crude oil’s near-term outlook is a bit more bearish than that of WTI. This afternoon’s move up stalled near the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $43.41 and the subsequent move down is already approaching $40.0 again. Falling below $40.0 will call for a test of $39.0, which then connects to $37.7 and lower.
Today’s long lower shadow suggests a larger test of resistance might take place, but $42.1 is expected to hold. Rising above this will call for $42.8 and then $43.7 and higher.
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