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Chart Of The Day: Crude Oil On A Slippery Slope

By Fawad RazaqzadaCommoditiesJun 18, 2021 08:21
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Chart Of The Day: Crude Oil On A Slippery Slope
By Fawad Razaqzada   |  Jun 18, 2021 08:21
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Crude oil was struggling to find support on Friday after a two-day sell-off. As the rally fizzled out, the key question is whether oil prices are now on a slippery slope, or whether this is just a pause in the uptrend? Whatever the case, expect to see at least a bit more selling, judging by the drops in other commodities and this week’s bearish-looking price action in oil. 

Oil prices have been driven sharply higher from their historic drop last year, due to supply restrictions from the OPEC+ group and optimism about recovering demand as coronavirus lockdowns and other restrictions ease. The dollar’s bearish trend had also supported buck-denominated oil prices. 

But just like gold and copper, crude oil is not immune to a rebounding dollar, with the greenback storming back to life in response to a hawkish Federal Reserve policy decision last week. The fact that several other commodities have also weakened means sentiment towards the sector has turned negative, hurting crude oil in the process. 

Oil Daily
Oil Daily

The daily oil chart shows a three-bar reversal pattern and a trend break. The base of this reversal is around $71.00, a level which was being tested from underneath at the time of writing. It is likely that this level will offer resistance having previously served as support, potentially leading to another drop. The next area of potential support is the shaded region around $67.00 - $68.00. 

Zooming out to the weekly chart and we can see further bearish price action:

Oil Weekly
Oil Weekly

On this time frame, WTI is currently displaying an incomplete doji candle, which, by the close of the week, could look like a hammer or a bearish engulfing candle if the selling continues today. Interestingly, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) is in a state of negative divergence, making lower highs compared with the higher highs in the underlying oil price. This points to a weakening bull trend. Previously such divergences had caused big drops in oil. 

Oil’s drop, if sustained, could have ramifications elsewhere. For example, the S&P energy sector (XLE), which has been this year's best performer, could weigh on the benchmark stock index. The likes of the Canadian dollar and Norwegian krone could also suffer. 

Chart Of The Day: Crude Oil On A Slippery Slope
 

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Ed Head Jun 19, 2021 14:06
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WTI and related stocks will fly after Q2 results
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Occurs 3rd Friday in Mar, Jun, Sept & Dec
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It happens 4 times per year
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Volatility was due to triple witching, that's it!
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