Commodity Chart Of The Day: Crude Oil

 |  Includes: DBO, USO
by: Matthew Bradbard

Commodity Chart Of The Day

Daily Crude Oil

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As of this post, crude oil is lower by 3.16%, hitting my second target at $89.25 early this morning. See previous posts. Continue to use the Fibonacci levels as your targets, as a trade under $87 in November futures is my third and final target. I will keep traders abreast, as I am not clear on if I will be reversing under $87 or looking to buy at lower levels. I will react depending on the price action. I think a lot of this will have to do with outside market forces in the coming weeks.

The fact that the distillates finally look like they are starting to move lower should support further weakness. In recent weeks and months, it has been the tail wagging the dog, with RBOB higher by 35% and heating oil appreciating 27% in the last four months.

My favored play for bearish crude oil trades is shoring futures while simultaneously selling out of the money puts. The idea is you make more money in the futures than you lose in the options. This strategy lowers your margin, and also cushions a loss if the futures move in the wrong direction. It is not foolproof, but in my experience, it allows more flexibility than outright futures or options plays.

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