Crude Oil Short-Term Forecast – June 12, 2018

WTI Crude Oil

WTI’s corrective wave formation still calls for $67.0. However, today’s high of $66.7 was in line with the upper trend line connecting the $65.69 and $66.24 swing highs. It is also becoming clear that the move up forms a bearish flag. Therefore, while there is still the threat of testing $67.0 and possibly $67.7 (confirmed double bottom’s target), near-term odds have shifted back in favor of a continued decline.

Tomorrow, look for a test of initial support at $65.8, a move below which would call for the flag’s $65.0 lower trend line to be challenged. Settling below $65.0 would be quite bearish and open the way for $64.1 and lower.

That said, a move above $66.5 before prices fall to $65.8 would call for $67.0 to be challenged. Resistance at $67.0 is expected to hold due to the confluence of wave projections and retracements at that level. Settling above $67.0 would call for $67.7 and possibly higher, though this would likely indicate a significant bullish shift in external factors.

Brent Crude Oil

Brent’s near-term outlook is still weaker than WTI’s and has more downside room to extend since WTI led the move down in late May. Brent’s wave down from $77.61 is in position to challenge at least $75.0 and likely $74.5 tomorrow. The latter is most important because it is the 50-day moving average, a close below which would call for a new low of at least $73.7 and eventually $73.1.

Resistance at $76.5 is expected to hold, though the key level for the near-term is $77.3. A close above $77.3 would call for the most important near-term resistance at $77.9 to be tested.

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Dean Rogers, CMT

Dean Rogers, CMT 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, Natural Gas, and Metals 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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