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WTI loses more than 5%, to four-month lows, due to poor demand prospects

  • WTI crude oil plummets to $72.55 per barrel as US crude inventories build up more than expected.
  • Weak U.S. economic indicators, such as rising jobless claims and falling industrial production, are fueling concerns about weakening oil demand.
  • Despite the downward trend, possible production cuts from Saudi Arabia and Russia and optimistic forecasts from Commerzbank offer some support to oil prices.

He West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the US crude oil benchmark, plummets to a four-month low of $72.22 in late trading in the New York session. Investor concerns and the buildup of US oil inventories dragged WTI prices down more than 5%, trading at $72.55 after reaching a high of $76.58.

WTI prices pressured by poor US economic data and concerns about global demand.

Data on Wednesday from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed a huge crude oil buildup of more than 3.6 million barrels in the United States last week, sending black gold tumbling. This, together with the uninspiring data from the US, which points to a faster economic slowdown, caused a drop in WTI due to fears that demand would decrease.

US industrial production plummeted on Thursday due to the United Auto Workers (UAW) strike. At the same time, jobless claims last week saw the biggest increase in three months and hit a high of 230,000, exceeding forecasts of 220,000, suggesting the labor market is easing. Wednesday’s US retail sales report was subdued, suggesting American households are starting to spend less heading into the holiday season.

OPEC and the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted that supply would decline in the fourth quarter, although US data shows the opposite.

Meanwhile, the expected slowdown of oil refineries in China added to the list of headwinds dragging down WTI prices. However, Industrial Production in China advanced, as did retail sales. However, weak growth in the Japanese economy during the third quarter hurts the prospects for higher oil prices, as Japan is one of the world’s largest energy importers.

Therefore, WTI prices would be under pressure. Still, a commitment by Saudi Arabia and Russia to cut production by 1.3 million barrels by the end of the year would dampen oil prices.

Commerzbank analysts expect oil prices to exceed $80 in the first quarter of 2024. They write that “if Saudi Arabia were to maintain its current level of production, the risk of oversupply would be substantially reduced and would therefore allow “We expect the price to recover slightly to $85 per barrel (from its current level; the previous forecast assumed a drop to $85).”

WTI Price Analysis: Technical Perspective

On a daily basis, WTI has turned lower after falling below the last cycle low recorded on August 24, at $77.64, opening the door to further losses. Recovery prices could be seen as better entry prices for shorts, who could be looking to push prices towards the June 28 cycle low at $67.10, well below $70.00. On the other hand, if buyers push prices above the November 8 daily low of $74.96, this could pave the way for a rally towards $80.00.

WTI US OIL

Overview
Latest price today 72.96
Today’s daily change -3.70
Today’s daily variation -4.83
Today’s daily opening 76.66
Trends
daily SMA20 81.33
daily SMA50 84.99
SMA100 daily 81.88
SMA200 daily 78.02
Levels
Previous daily high 78.68
Previous daily low 76.45
Previous weekly high 82.01
Previous weekly low 74.94
Previous Monthly High 90.88
Previous monthly low 80.52
Daily Fibonacci 38.2 77.3
Fibonacci 61.8% daily 77.83
Daily Pivot Point S1 75.85
Daily Pivot Point S2 75.03
Daily Pivot Point S3 73.61
Daily Pivot Point R1 78.08
Daily Pivot Point R2 79.5
Daily Pivot Point R3 80.32

Source: Fx Street

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