Oil prices continue to drift lower in early trading

August oil futures - daily chart
August oil futures – daily chart

Oil continues to find it hard work, building on the bullish breakout of mid June, having moved into a sustained phase of price congestion over the last few weeks, as it continues to slide lower ahead of today’s oil inventories report. This initial weakness was first signalled following the wide spread up candle and high volume of the 12th June, which saw the commodity break out from congestion in the $102 to $104 per barrel region and close the day at $106.03 on solid volume, and validating the move higher. The two subsequent days of trading then added a cautionary note to the price action, with above average volume failing to move the market higher and ending with two shooting star candles, with the commodity duly sliding lower and building a base of support in the $105 per barrel region. This level has since been tested on several occasions, with the two isolated pivots lows clearly marking this level, with the volume at price histogram also defining this further. The weakness at this level was then confirmed once more with the candle of the 25th June, coupled with the pivot high and above average volume once again. Since then, the WTI contract has moved lower, and is now testing this support level once again, with yesterday’s long legged doji candle failing to reverse sentiment.

The forecast for this afternoon’s inventory is for a draw of 2.2m bbls, and if this is close to target, then oil may find some much needed support. Should the inventory figures at Cushing show a build or miss the forecast, then expect to see further selling pressure for the commodity, with the next logical target being the developed platform below at the $103.50 per barrel level. In addition, and with tensions around the world now easing, much of the knee jerk reaction for oil prices is now ebbing away and reflected in the current drift lower.

By Anna Coulling

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