Oil Price Analysis and News
- Record Crude Oil Losing Streak
- OPEC U-Turn
- Trump Jawboning
- Brent Crude Futures Moves Deeper into Contango
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Record Crude Oil Losing Streak
Yesterday saw oil prices drop for the 11th consecutive session, marking a record run of losses for crude oil, which looks set to continue with Brent slipping some 2% this morning. Consequently, Brent crude has fallen over $18/bbl (-21%) since the October peak, while WTI crude is eying its lowest close of the year.
Ahead of US sanctions on Iran, investor angst over potential supply shocks had risen, which in turn saw oil prices reach 4yr highs. Much to the displeasure of President Trump, the President had increased his calls for the likes of OPEC to boost production to stem further price rises. In response to this, Saudi Arabia had complied to this, with the OPEC kingpin, alongside Russia both agreeing to boost production ahead of the imposition of Iranian sanctions, while US oil production also surged to record levels.
However, at the beginning of November, the US had announced that they would provide waivers to 8 nations, allowing them to continue buying Iranian oil at a reduced rate. As such, this had reduced the potential impact that Iranian sanctions would have on oil market supply, prompting a sell- off in prices as investors priced out risks of higher oil prices.
Consequently, this has led to a U-TURN from OPEC, who at the most recent JMMC meeting and OPEC monthly report expect supply growth to outstrip demand growth, implying that the bearish sentiment is set to continue in their short-term outlook. This in turn, has seen Saudi Arabia now pledge to reduce exports by 500kbpd and call on OPEC to reduce production by 1mbpd.
Initial optimism from potential oil cuts from 2019, quickly receded after further jawboning from President Trump, stating that he “hopes, Saudi Arabia and OPEC will not be cutting production. Oil prices should be much lower based on supply”. While it is unlikely that OPEC will listen to Trump’s jawboning given that the cartel is warning of a supply glut, it is likely that Trump will continue to enforce the view that oil need to be lower.
Brent Crude Futures Moves Deeper into Contango
Structurally oil prices are looking increasingly bearish as the Brent curve moves deeper into contango (Spot price lower than forward price) with the front month spread now -$0.28. In turn, this raises risks of lower oil prices for longer as contango markets typically signal a negative roll yield, prompting speculators to exit bullish bets.
Source: Refinitiv, Managed Money Positioning of ICE Brent crude futures.
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Brent crude oil prices remains on the backfoot to test lower levels. However, with the RSI moving back into oversold territory, this may provide a slight reprieve, which will allow for bears to reload shorts and test April lows situated at $66.60
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Traders Net-Short Are 63.3% Higher from Last Week
TRADERS REMAIN NET-SHORT
US 500: Retail trader data shows 24.6% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 3.07 to 1. In fact, traders have remained net-short since Jan 07 when US 500 traded near 2473.53; price has moved 11.9% higher since then. The number of traders net-long is 1.7% higher than yesterday and 1.6% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 5.2% higher than yesterday and 63.3% higher from last week.
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S&P 500 SUGGESTS STRONG BULLISH BIAS
We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests US 500 prices may continue to rise. Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger US 500-bullish contrarian trading bias.
— Written by Nancy Pakbaz, CFA, DailyFX Research
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On to the Next Big Levels of Resistance
S&P 500/Dow Jones/Nasdaq 100 Technical Highlights:
- S&P 500 nearing 2800-area, several swing-highs from last year
- Dow Jones 26k-ish stands between it and record highs
- Nasdaq 100 trading around resistance already
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S&P 500 nearing 2800-area, several swing-highs from last year
The S&P 500 is continuing to show impressive strength since its v-bottom began the day after Christmas, with it having a few points along the way where it could have been stopped in its tracks. But it wasn’t, and this has levels prior to the December swoon in view. The area surrounding 2800 is a big one.
From 2800 up to 2817 there were three peaks created from failed rallies, a logical area, with the rally having come this far, to look for stocks to weaken from. Watching price action will be key, as always, but especially around the levels just ahead.
While resistance looks likely to get tested soon, the upward channel structure over the past month will keep stocks pointed higher for as long as it holds. If the S&P is rejected off resistance, to further bolster the notion of a sizable retracement we’ll need to see the underside parallel undermined.
For now, the top-side must be respected, but the time for material weakness may be nearing…
Stocks are rallying, but will it last in the long-term? Find out where our analysts see stocks headed in the Global Equities Forecast.
S&P 500 Daily Chart (2800/817 big spot)
Dow Jones 26k-ish stands between it and record highs
The Dow is nearing the 26k-area, a spot which is basically the equivalent of what 2800 is to the S&P 500. The zone runs up to near 26300. The focus is primarily on the S&P right now as it is the broader index, but depending on how price action plays out, the Dow may be the better index to short at some point if it shows relative weakness to the broader market.
Dow Daily Chart (26k-ish stands in the way)
Nasdaq 100 trading around resistance already
The Nasdaq 100 continues to lag behind, which is something to continue monitor given it was the bull-market leader with its leading group of stocks – FAANG – dominating price action and sentiment. The NDX is trading around the 200-day and near late-year swing highs equivalent to the ones discussed with regard to the S&P 500 and Dow. So far, relative weakness is making the 100 the preferred fade if the S&P finds material selling off resistance surrounding 2800/17.
Nasdaq 100 Daily Chart (trading around resistance)
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Aussie Dollar Falls on RBA Minutes, US-China Trade Talks Eyed
TALKING POINTS – AUSSIE DOLLAR, RBA MINUTES, ZEW, TRADE WARS, CHINA
- Aussie Dollar, commodity bloc FX down on downbeat RBA meeting minutes
- Germany’s ZEW survey may compound worries about slowing global growth
- Trade wars in focus on US-China negotiations, fears of US auto tariff hike
The sentiment-linked Australian, Canadian and New Zealand Dollars weakened in otherwise quiet Asia Pacific trade. The move appeared to be inspired by an ominous tone in minutes from February’s RBA policy meeting. Meanwhile, the US Dollar corrected gently higher.
RBA officials cited “significant uncertainties”, noting that trade tensions and cooling domestic demand have increased negative knock-on risks from China. They added that consumption may fall if domestic house prices fall much further. They suffered the worst drop since 1983 in the three months through January.
TRADE WAR DEVELOPMENTS, GERMAN ZEW DATA MENACE MARKETS
Looking ahead, Germany’s ZEW survey of analyst sentiment may compound the downbeat mood, especially if it echoes the disappointing trend in regional data outcomes since September. A small improvement in the forward-looking Expectations index is nevertheless expected to keep it within a hair of six-year lows.
The tone of US-China trade negotiations may also be formative as a delegation from Beijing arrives in the US for continued talks. Both sides painted a rosy picture earlier in the week, but the Trump administration may be preparing a spoiler as the President ponders raising auto import tariffs.
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