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Oil Prices Jump as Crude Clings on to Technical Support

Oil Prices Jump as Crude Clings on to Technical Support

Rich Dvorak, Analyst


  • Crude oil prices rose over 1 percent following reports of ‘drone terrorism’ against pipeline infrastructure in Saudi Arabia
  • Geopolitical risk and seasonal demand factors are helping offset bearish headwinds brewing from US China Trade War rhetoric
  • Oil outlook appears more sanguine if prices can hold technical support above $60/bbl
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Crude prices soared roughly 1.2 percent to $61.54/bbl during Tuesday’s trading session in response to the latest geopolitical outburst impacting the oil market. Saudi Arabia’s Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih stated earlier that an “act of terrorism” was carried out on two of the country’s major oil pipelines. The report quoted Saudi’s al-Falih as saying that the attack targeted the UAE and “the security of world oil supplies and the global economy.”


Crude Oil Price Chart

Today’s gains have helped offset a string of losses as fears over increasing oil output coupled with diminishing hopes that a US China trade deal will be reached. But, crude oil prices still remain above technical support at the 50.0 percent retracement level around $60.00/bbl drawn from October’s peak and December’s bottom last year.

Positive sentiment from a technical perspective has waned, however, after bullish uptrend support from the latest 40-plus percent rally was broken earlier this month. Now, a short-term bearish downtrend has formed while a downward-sloping 34-day EMA both look to serve as headwinds to further upside in oil prices.


Crude Oil Price Chart

Focusing in on a closer perspective, it appears that the 78.6 percent Fibonacci retracement level drawn from the high and low recorded on April 23 and May 6 respectively serves as a new area of confluence around the $61.50/bbl price. Oil bulls will likely watch this level closely to see if technical support continues to hold with the 61.8 percent and 50.0 percent Fibs encompassing the $62.50-63.20/bbl price level eyed as short-term upside targets. Although, if prices fail to hold footing above $60.00/bbl, crude could quickly accelerate to the downside.

- Written by Rich Dvorak, Junior Analyst for DailyFX

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