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Short WTI Following Wedge Breakout

Short WTI Following Wedge Breakout


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  • Concerns Around the Chinese Economy Continues to Weigh on Sentiment.
  • Wedge Breakout and Death Cross (4H Chart) Hint at Further Downside.
  • Retracement Needed for Bullish Continuation Setups to Come into Play.
  • The Analysis in this Article Makes use of Chart Patterns and Key Support and Resistance Levels. For More Information Visit our Comprehensive Education Library.

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WTI prices had been consolidating for a prolonged period following the announcement by Saudi Arabia on continuing production cuts. The initial rally saw WTI prices reach November 2022 highs before stalling on concerns around the global recovery.

GDP data from parts of the developed world have however continued to surprise. Whether this could in part be down to a busy summer period of travel and increased demand remains to be seen.

The Chinese picture has seen fears resurface around the recovery from the world’s second largest economy. This may be misplaced however given recent data which showed Chinese demand for oil at record highs as they look to increase their stockpiles as well.

Given the position of OPEC and the Saudi cuts the outlook for the rest of Q3 and part of Q4 remain largely positive for Oil prices. A short -term correction however does appear appealing particularly from a technical standpoint.

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WTI Daily Chart – August 16, 2023


Source: TradingView

On the daily chart we can see the break below the wedge pattern yesterday stalling around the 80.50 mark before a bounce of the 20-day MA. Since the range breakout around the 75.00 mark WTI has been on an aggressive push higher with very little pullback/retracement.

The selloff from the high print around 84.85 to yesterday's lows however is quite a significant drop which should not be scoffed at. The 50-day MA has crossed above the 100-day MA and remains my only concern around a move below the psychological 80.00 mark.

WTI Four-Hour Chart– June 15, 2023


Source: TradingView

Given the comments above I would prefer some form of retracement before a potential short entry for a better risk to reward. Looking at the four-hour chart above and here we have a death cross in direct contrast to the golden cross pattern on the Daily timeframe.

Now ideally, I would like a pullback to the resistance area around the 82.00-83.00 mark which would provide a better risk-to -reward opportunity for potential shorts. The downside prospects on WTI remain juicy with targets all the way down at 77.75 (200-day MA) and 77.00.

A daily candle close above the 83.00 mark would invalidate the bearish setup and will force me to re-evaluate WTI moving forward.

Key resistance levels:

  • 81.37 (100-day MA)
  • 81.93
  • 82.44

Key support levels:

  • 80.50
  • 80.00 (psychological level)
  • 77.75 (200-day MA)

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Written by: Zain Vawda, Market Writer for

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