Crude Oil Price Forecast Talking Points:
- The ONE Thing: Demand dynamics and supply shocks help to keep oil supported. While volatility appears set for a higher average than 2017, which is not saying much as it had the lowest realized cross-asset volatility in multiple decades there appears to be no room for gold to test crude’s dominance of the market. Metals remain mixed as higher rates keep traders away from the non-yielding yellow metal while backwardation continues to support crude. Even base metals are losing their flavor on slowing demand growth in China.
- Last week, President Trump ordered the reinstatement of Iran sanctions: While crude outsiders may see that as the key bullish driver, the demand dynamics remain in the driver seat as supply shocks may continue to arise and help take crude toward bullish targets of $77/bbl, which marks the 61.8% retracement of the 2014/2016 range.
- OPEC raises their 2018 demand forecast helping to show the physical market may tighten further.
- WTI Crude Oil Technical Analysis Strategy: New technical support will be firm at Tuesday’s low of $67.63/bbl. Selling above this level is an ego call that seeks to say when momentum will turn in favor of one’s preconceived notions that the market is “overbought.”
- Access our recent Crude Oil Fundamental Forecast here
WTI crude oil is opening week in the green with front–month contracts of WTI & Brent trading at $70.95/bbl & $77.87/bbl respectively. Over the weekend, Saudi came out to calm markets by saying their capacity would easily make up anything “lost” by newly imposes Iranian sanctions on Trump’s exit from the Iran accord. However, the positive price action is being credited to OPEC’s recently released Monthly Oil Market Report where they lifted (again) their demand estimates.
Futures Positioning Insights From CFTC CoT
Last week’s CFTC Commitment of Traders report that came out before Trump announced he was leaving the Iranian Accord and imposing sanctions on OPEC’s third largest producer showed that investors have recently pared their bullish bets with Brent net longs cut by -22,009 contracts to 569,448 while WTI decreased some -7,439 contracts to 410,608.
CoT Data Shows Crude Bulls At 71% of 52-Week Range
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Technical Analysis – WTI Crude Oil Stays In Bullish Standing > $67.56/BBL
Chart Source: Pro Real Time with IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT
Markets are said to take the stairs higher and the elevator lower. The chart above shows both dynamics as it captures the massive drop in 2014 that mirrored the 2008/2009 drop toward lower levels and the recent rise from the January 2016 low.
When a trend is as strong as we see in crude, it’s often best to sit back and ask, at what level of support would a break below change my bullish view?
On the prompt WTI contract, that would be the January high at $66.58 to the low last week’s low at $67.56. Absent a break below this zone, it’s hard to say a top is in as momentum tends to lead price in markets, and crude is no exception.
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Slowing New Zealand GDP to Rattle Post-Fed NZD/USD Rally
Trading the News: New Zealand Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
Updates to New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report may rattle the NZD/USD rally following the Federal Reserve meeting as the growth rate is expected to narrow to 2.5% from 2.6% per annum in the third-quarter of 2018.
Another downtick in the GDP print may produce headwinds for the New Zealand dollar as it warns of a slowing economy, and a dismal development may push the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to alter the forward-guidance as the central bank warns ‘trading-partner growth is expected to further moderate in 2019.’
Even though the official cash rate (OCR) sits at the record-low of 1.75%, the weakening outlook for economic activity may encourage the RBNZ to further insulate the economy as the central bank asserts that ‘the direction of our next OCR move could be up or down.’ In turn, a GDP print of 2.5% or lower may spark a bearish reaction in NZD/USD, but a positive development may fuel the advance following the Federal Reserve meeting as it curbs bets for an RBNZ rate-cut. Sign up and join DailyFX Currency Analyst David Song LIVE for an opportunity to discuss potential trade setups.
Impact that the New Zealand GDP report has had on NZD/USD during the previous release
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3Q 2018New Zealand Gross Domestic Product (GDP)
NZD/USD 15-Minute Chart
New Zealand’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) report showed the growth rate increasing 2.6% after expanding a revised 3.2% in the second-quarter of 2018. A deeper look at the report showed Mining as the biggest contributor to growth as the sector grew 12.4% in the third-quarter, with Wholesale Trade climbing 1.1.% during the same period, while Utilities suffered a 2.3% decline after rising 4.1% during the three-months through June.
The New Zealand dollar struggled to hold its ground following the below-forecast print, with NZD/USD pulling back from the 0.6800 handle to close the day at 0.6774. Learn more with the DailyFX Advanced Guide for Trading the News.
NZD/USD Daily Chart
- Broader outlook for NZD/USD remains fairly constructive as both price and the Relative Strength Index (RSI) continue to track the upward trends from earlier this year, but the exchange rate may face range-bound conditions over the near-term as it appears to be stuck in a long-term wedge/triangle formation.
- With that said, the Fibonacci overlap around 0.6930 (23.6% expansion) to 0.6960 (38.2% retracement) sits on the radar as it lines up with the 2019-high (0.6942), with a break/close above the stated region raising the risk for a run at the December-high (0.6969).
- Next region of interest comes in around 0.6990 (50% expansion) following by the 0.7040 (50% retracement) zone, but failure to hold above the 0.6820 (23.6% retracement) to 0.6870 (78.6% expansion) area may trigger a move back towards 0.6780 (100% expansion) to 0.6790 (50% expansion).
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Crude Rally Testing Critical Resistance Zone
In this series we scale-back and look at the broader technical picture to gain a bit more perspective on where we are in trend. Crude Oil prices have rallied nearly 10% from the yearly lows with the advance now testing a key technical resistance confluence around the 60-handle. These are the updated targets and invalidation levels that matter on the Crude Oil weekly price chart. Review this week’s Strategy Webinar for an in-depth breakdown of this setup and more.
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USD/CAD Weekly Price Chart
Notes: In last month’s Crude Oil Weekly Technical Outlook we noted that price was approaching 2018 pitchfork resistance with, “A topside breach of this formation / the high-day close at 57.14 targets more a more significant resistance confluence at 59.61-60.06 where the 50% retracement of the October decline and the 2018 open converge on the 2015/ 2016 pitchfork resistance- look for a larger reaction there IF reached.” Oil prices are testing this critical resistance confluence today on the back of a weak inventories report that showed a drop of more than 9.59mln barrels last week.
The focus is on a reaction off this threshold with the yearly advance at risk near-term while below. A weekly close above would be needed to suggest that a more meaningful low was registered in December with such a scenario targeting the 52-week moving average at ~62.82 and the 61.8% retracement of the 2018 decline at 63.68. Key support and bullish invalidation now rests back at 55.21/53– weakness beyond this threshold would risk substantial losses for crude prices.
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Bottom line: We’re looking for a reaction on this stretch into confluence resistance at 59.61 – 60.06. Watch the weekly close- below would highlight the threat for a near-term correction / exhaustion in price. From a trading standpoint, a good place to reduce long-exposure and raise protective stops. We’ll be looking for possible price exhaustion heading into next week IF crude prices respect this threshold into the close. I’ll publish an updated Crude Oil Technical Outlook once we get further clarity in near-term price action
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Crude Oil Trader Sentiment
- A summary of IG Client Sentiment shows traders are net-short Crude Oil – the ratio stands at -1.04 (49.1% of traders are long) – neutral reading
- Long positions are 4.2% lower than yesterday and 5.7% lower from last week
- Short positions are 8.2% lower than yesterday and 1.5% higher from last week
- We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests Oil – US Crude prices may continue to rise. Yet traders are less net-short than yesterday but more net-short from last week and the combination of current positioning and recent changes gives us a further mixed Oil – US Crude trading bias from a sentiment standpoint.
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Previous Weekly Technical Charts
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US Market Open: Top 3 Market Drivers
Market Themes and Movers – Brexit, FOMC and US-China Trade.
GBP: Another day of confusion and conflicting Brexit deal/delay talks continue to leave Sterling rudderless. Despite the current impasse the British Pound remains bid, although it is becoming increasingly vulnerable to short, sharp moves as news flows continue. The latest round of media reports suggest that PM May is looking for a three-month Brexit delay from EU negotiators although putting a revised meaningful vote to Parliament cannot be ruled out. UK inflation data released this morning showed little change and was put aside as traders focus on Brexit updates.
USD: The latest FOMC monetary policy decisionswill be released later in the UK session with monetary settings expected to be left unchanged. Traders will look for clues from Fed Chair Jerome Powell on the future path of interest rates, via the dot plot, and his latest thoughts on balance sheet normalization.
Gold/Oil: Both gold and oil are struggling to make further headway with one eye on the FOMC meeting and the other on the latest US-China trade negotiations with US President Donald Trump tweeting yesterday that talks were going ‘very well’. As with Brexit, the situation remains fluid with news flows again the dominant driver for trade war risk sentiment. With global growth falling, any positive trade news should underpin oil at its present level and may well give it a further leg-up in the short- to medium-term.
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