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Oil Price Remains Bid Ahead of OPEC+ Meeting, US NFPs

Oil Price Remains Bid Ahead of OPEC+ Meeting, US NFPs

Nick Cawley, Senior Strategist


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Oil Prices, Charts, and Analysis

  • Oil bolstered by Saudi Arabia, Russia output cuts
  • OPEC+ meeting and US Jobs Report later.
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The price of oil is trying to make a fresh three-month high after Saudi Arabia and Russia extended their output cuts yesterday. Saudi Arabia announced that it would extend its one million barrels a day cut by a further month until the end of September, while Russia said that it would cut output by 300,000 barrels a day next month. Yesterday’s announcement followed Wednesday’s news of a sharp drop in crude oil stocks. The weekly EIA report showed a much larger-than-expected stock draw of 17 million barrels, dwarfing the predicted -1.367 million barrels and a prior week’s -0.6 million.

Today’s OPEC+ meeting is due later but no additional action is expected. Also today, the latest US Jobs Report will show the current strength of the labor market and will set the risk tone for the week ahead.

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Brent oil remains in a multi-week bullish channel and is a couple of dollars away from levels last seen in early April this year. Ongoing oil demand is pushing the price higher as fears of a recession in the US continue to fade. The daily chart also shows a bullish 20-day/200-day simple moving average crossover, driven by the sharp move higher in the shorter-dated average, while the CCI indicator suggests that the market is overbought, but not excessively. Short-term support is seen between $81.60/bbl. and $82.50/bbl.

Brent Oil Daily Price Chart – August 4, 2023

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The US oil chart is very similar to the UK chart with a bullish crossover and prices nearing the mid-April peak. Short-term support down to $78.00bbl.

US Oil Daily Price Chart


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Retail trader data shows 35.70% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.80 to 1. Large weekly shifts are driving sentiment. You can download the full US oil sentiment report below.

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of clients are net long. of clients are net short.
Change in Longs Shorts OI
Daily 8% -7% -2%
Weekly 2% 1% 1%
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