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WTI Crude Oil False Break in Progress?


Earlier this month crude oil tested a confluence of resistance at 63.80/90.

It’s the intersection of ascending channel resistance and a horizontal level that served as support during the second half of last year.

The 63.80 level is also the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement of the late 2018 selloff that took oil from 76.70 to 42.40 in three months.

You can see where buyers broke through this area on April 8th.

However, I wasn’t buying it (quite literally).

As is often the case with an upside break of an ascending level, this was a false break. At least that’s how things stand today.

I posted something similar in the member’s area on April 11th.

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That candle on the 11th didn’t actually close below 63.80 though.

In fact, WTI is still holding above that area on a daily closing basis or is at least attempting to do so.

So while buyers appear to be losing a bit of steam in this 63.80/90 region, there isn’t a clear selling opportunity just yet.

That could change this week, though, depending on how the market reacts to 63.80/90 going forward.

Keep in mind that any oil shorts are counter-trend trades.

If you sell this market right now, the momentum since last December is not on your side.

As such, it makes sense to either use a starter position or wait for a clear sell signal on the daily time frame.

You will also want to keep a close eye on the confluence of support at 60.30.

That will be a key test for oil bears and bulls alike. It will also serve as a hinge for the uptrend that began last December.

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  • Prashant says:

    v risky trade. better wud b to wait for retrace few $ lower if it comes then wait for buy signal ..

    • I think you’re confusing an idea with a trade. I even wrote that there is no trade here just yet…

      “So while buyers appear to be losing a bit of steam in this 63.80/90 region, there isn’t a clear selling opportunity just yet.”

  • Pierre Mifsud says:

    I see it differently from you…..I am confident that CAD will remain strong from CADCHF, AUDCAD, EURCAD, GBPCAD and that oil will reach a minimum of 70.27 handle from the weekly time frame

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