The Days Of Sliding Oil

March 17, 2020

The tensions in the oil market are very palpable, and today is no exception to strong moves. Can we talk about a bottom in sight?

Let’s take a closer look at the chart below (chart courtesy of www.stooq.com ).

In our Friday’s Alert, we wrote the following:

(…) The gap closed the gap, and futures rose slightly above yesterday’s high. Despite this superficial improvement, the overall situation in either the short or very short term remains almost unchanged as crude oil futures are still trading inside the blue consolidation around the lower border of the orange resistance gap created at the beginning of the week.

Therefore, as long as we do not see a breakout above the upper line of the formation, or a breakdown under the lower border short-lived moves in both directions are likely.

The above chart reveals that although crude oil futures closed the gap created at the beginning of Friday, the bulls didn’t manage to hold gained ground. Today’s session started with another bearish gap that we have marked with red for your convenience.

The buyers tried to close it in the following hours, but they failed. A reversal followed, coupled with a tiny drop below the lower border of the above-mentioned blue consolidation.

What does it mean for the futures?

In our opinion, if the bears manage to push them even lower and close the day below the lower border of the consolidation, the way to the recent lows will be open. But taking into account the size of the consolidation, it’s very likely that we’ll see not only a test of the last week’s low, but also a fresh 2020 low at around $25.40.

Why this price point?

It’s that in this area, the size of the downward move would correspond to the height of the preceding blue consolidation.

Summing up, we might have a good shorting opportunity once crude oil closes below the recent lows, but at this point the risk to reward continues to favor staying on the sidelines.

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Nadia Simmons

Day Trading and Oil Trading Strategist

Przemyslaw Radomski, CFA

Editor-in-chief, Gold & Silver Fund Manager

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Nadia is a private investor and trader, dealing in currencies, commodities (mainly crude oil), and stocks. Using her background in technical analysis, she spends countless hours identifying market trends, major support and resistance zones, breakouts and failures. In her writing, she presents complex ideas with clarity that enables you to easily understand market changes, and profit on them. Nadia is the person behind Sunshine Profits' 3 premium trading services: Forex Trading Alerts, Oil Trading Alerts, and Oil Investment Updates.

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