BRENT CRUDE OIL (LCOc1) ANALYSIS
- Putin comment disrupts supply-side forecasts.
- Chinese import data.
CRUDE OIL FUNDAMENTAL BACKDROP
Brent crude continued its gains after yesterdays push higher despite a stronger dollar. The large increase in API U.S. crude storage data (see calendar below) was unable to limit upside that stemmed from Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comments about unsuccessful talks with Ukraine thus opening up room for a tighter crude market and the growing probability of EU crude oil sanctions on Russia.
Source: DailyFX Economic Calendar
Supporting from the demand-side, China has lifted some lockdown restrictions in Shanghai but unfortunately Chinese crude imports showed a marked slowdown since last year limiting crude gains. This was largely expected due to a slump in economic growth as well as China’s ‘zero tolerance’ approach to COVID-19 creating lesser demand for crude oil.
BRENT CRUDE (LCOc1) DAILY CHART
Chart prepared by Warren Venketas, IG
Daily brent crude price action has been sandwiched between the 20-day ad 5-day EMA’s respectively after yesterday’s candle close above the downward sloping trendline (black). This candle close above could be the confirmation needed to spur bulls on to higher highs and subsequent resistance levels.
Key resistance levels:
Key support levels:
- 100-day EMA (yellow)
IG CLIENT SENTIMENT: UNCERTAIN
IGCS shows retail traders are marginally NET LONG on Crude Oil, with 59% of traders currently holding long positions (as of this writing). At DailyFX we typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment however, after recent changes in positioning the bias remains mixed.
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