WTI rises towards late March highs at $116.50

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  • WTI has continued to rise on Tuesday, reaching $115.50, up some $17 from last week’s lows below $100.
  • Easing China lockdown fears coupled with Russia/OPEC+ production issues and risk appetite inflows are supporting prices on Tuesday.
  • The bulls are looking for a test of the late March highs at $116.50.

oil prices have maintained and extended their recent bullish momentum on Tuesday, with WTI futures of the first month rising to $115.50 per barrel and aiming to test the late March highs of $116.50. Constructive updates regarding the Covid-19 situation in China, with Shanghai reporting no Covid-19 infections outside of lockdown for a third day, have fueled hopes of an imminent lockdown easing. This, combined with a general feeling of heightened risk in global macroeconomic trade and a weaker US dollar amid hopes that Chinese tech measures will also ease, has injected the latest momentum into WTI.

Benchmark US light sweet oil is now trading about $17 higher, off last week’s lows below $100. While the easing of China shutdown fears has been the latest bullish catalyst, analysts continue to cite numerous other factors as supporting prices. Firstly, traders remain betting that the EU will soon agree to some kind of embargo on Russian oil imports (although Hungary remains opposed), with some pointing to the EU summit on May 30-31 as a possible date on which that an agreement could be reached.

An embargo would be a devastating blow to Russia’s already depleted oil production. Since the West imposed harsh sanctions on the nation for its invasion of Ukraine, Russian production has dwindled as exporters struggle to find buyers. OPEC+ production fell short of the group’s target of 2.6 million barrels per day (BPD) in April, according to a Reuters study published on Tuesday. Half of this default was due to falling Russian production and the situation is expected to have worsened this month. But the latest report also highlighted the difficulties many small OPEC+ countries continue to have in increasing production in line with their target, despite high oil prices.

Continued production problems from Russia and OPEC+, coupled with easing shutdown fears from China, have turned out to be a bullish combination for oil markets in recent days. If risk appetite in broader markets (such as equities) continues to improve, WTI could break back above its late March highs of $116.50 in the near future. This would open the door for a rally towards yearly highs around $130. Should the bulls become fatigued, support in the form of previous monthly highs at $111.50 should offer short-term support.

WTI US OIL

Panorama
Last Price Today 112.28
Today’s Daily Change 0.68
Today’s Daily Change % 0.61
Today’s Daily Opening 111.6
Trends
20 Daily SMA 103.95
50 Daily SMA 104.09
100 Daily SMA 95.62
200 Daily SMA 84.73
levels
Previous Daily High 112.57
Previous Daily Minimum 106.36
Previous Maximum Weekly 109.55
Previous Weekly Minimum 97.21
Monthly Prior Maximum 109.13
Previous Monthly Minimum 92.65
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 110.2
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 108.73
Daily Pivot Point S1 107.78
Daily Pivot Point S2 103.97
Daily Pivot Point S3 101.58
Daily Pivot Point R1 113.99
Daily Pivot Point R2 116.38
Daily Pivot Point R3 120.2

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Source: Fx Street

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