May 12, 2023 [Daily Forex]- The oil markets have been showing some interesting price action recently, with both WTI and Brent pulling back slightly during Wednesday’s trading session only to turn around and show signs of life.
However, as always with technical analysis, there are potential support and resistance levels that traders need to be aware of.
US Crude Oil Market
For the WTI crude oil market, attention needs to be paid to the 50-Day EMA above, which is near the $76 level. If the market can break above this level, it could open the possibility of a move toward the 200-Day EMA. On the other hand, if the market breaks down below the bottom of the range for the day, it could potentially drive down to the $70 level. If it falls further, the market could open the possibility of a move down to the $65 level.
It is important to note that the global demand for oil is a major factor in the WTI market’s movement. If economies around the world continue to see slowing economic activity, it could negatively impact the demand for oil and put pressure on the price. As I was writing this article, oil started to fall again.
UK Crude Oil Market
Turning to the Brent market, the $75 level is a key support level to watch. If the market breaks down below this level, it could open the possibility of a move down to the $70 level. However, if the market rallies, the $80 level above sits right around the 50-Day EMA, which is a major technical indicator that a lot of traders will be watching.
- Despite the potential for a rally, caution is advised. It is likely that signs of exhaustion will start to show, particularly if the market does break above the 50-Day exponential moving average.
- Signs of exhaustion are a classic way to play a bear market, and even if the market does rally, it is very likely that the 200-Day EMA above will be at the top of the overall range.
Finally, it is important to pay close attention to the GDP of various countries around the world and the overall economic strength of the world. These factors can have a significant impact on the demand for oil and the price of the commodity.
In conclusion, the WTI and Brent crude oil markets are showing signs of life, but caution is advised. Traders need to be aware of potential support and resistance levels and the impact of global economic activity on the demand for oil. With all things being equal, it is likely that signs of exhaustion will start to show, and traders need to be prepared for a potential bear market.
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