There is very little in the way of news headlines to impact crude oil valuations, and potential price action looks set to continue the sideways consolidation. Trade desk updates recently highlighted continued consolidation above support at 95.00 on West Texas Intermediate (WTI) (98.40), and for USO (39.05), the exchange traded fund (ETF) that tracks oil momentum to consolidate above support at 37.50.
Expectancy is for a break higher in crude prices if global equity indices can find buyers. Any existing oil positions should be closely monitored while recent price action is absorbed, as price action looks to have found fair value.
Oil Price Action:
Strong buying activity was seen at 97.00 on WTI in April and May. This potential price reversal area (swing point) will be closely monitored and market alerts sent to subscribers if it breaks.
Main WTI support: 96.50. Main WTI resistance: 101.50.
ETF Price Action:
Strong buying activity was seen at 42.00 on USO in April and May. This potential price reversal area (swing point) will be closely monitored and market alerts sent to subscribers if it breaks.
Main USO support: 38.00. Main USO resistance: 42.50.
WTI 100-day Simple Moving Average (SMA) is at 101.10. WTI has a 36-month 75% correlation to S&P moves, and a 90% correlation to the euro (Eur/Usd) currency pair.
Daily trading range on WTI is $2.70, which is above the historical norm and indicates increasing speculative interest.
A trade signal to buy WTI from 101.50 has not yet triggered. Clients will be notified when price action breaks near-term resistance areas and the signal detail will be updated.
Sentiment towards WTI trade is mixed after recent tests of support held steady. Price action favors a bounce off support that buys the recent dips. Traders committing to oil trades at these levels need to reduce trade size, as volatile intra-day trading patterns are likely to continue in the near-term.
Seeking Alpha's Disclosure: Past performance is no guarantee of future results. No recommendation or advice is being given as to whether any investment is suitable for a particular investor. Any views or opinions expressed above may not reflect those of Seeking Alpha as a whole. Seeking Alpha is not a licensed securities dealer, broker or US investment adviser or investment bank. Our analysts are third party authors that include both professional investors and individual investors who may not be licensed or certified by any institute or regulatory body.