Crude oil hasn’t closed higher yesterday and the previous series of rallies appears to face stiff headwinds. Is this it, or can the oil bulls pull a rabbit out of their hats? After all, they’ve reversed Monday’s downswing already. Or does the prospect of wide spectrum U.S. – China uncertainties have the upper hand? It’s making itself heard across the board and crude oil is no exception. Let’s assess the technical picture now.
We’ll take a closer look at the chart below (chart courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).
Yesterday’s crude oil trading was almost a mirror image of the Monday’s session. While the bulls eked out minor gains on Monday, it was the bears who was stronger yesterday. The price closed down below the 50% Fibonacci retracement yet again. This has been the fourth unsuccessful attempt to overcome it in a row.
As we have pointed to in our yesterday Alert’s title (“The Shifting Sands in the Oil Arena”), this suggests a bearish reversal of fortunes ahead. Indeed, at the moment of writing these words, black gold changes hands at around $62.20 which is back inside the blue consolidation.
Should the commodity keep moving lower from current levels, we’re likely to see at least a test of the lower border of the blue consolidation. Such a move lower is supported by the unconvincingly low volume of the preceding upswing days.
Summing up, the outlook for oil remains bearish. Oil is still trading below the previously-broken red horizontal line and has had trouble overcoming the 50% Fibonacci retracement. Today, it appears to be rolling over and heading south. The weekly indicators still supports the downside move. The short position continues to be justified.
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