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WTI Crude Oil Technical Forecast: Morningstar Candlestick Pattern Hints at Bullish Continuation

WTI Crude Oil Technical Forecast: Morningstar Candlestick Pattern Hints at Bullish Continuation

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Crude Oil had a bullish week to say the least before a temporary spike down on Friday after a report by the Wall Street Journal reported that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) had an internal debate about leaving OPEC+ and pumping more oil but covered all the losses after UAE officials confirmed that they have no plans to leave OPEC+.

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Earlier in the week oil prices received a boost as Chinese manufacturing data beat estimates rekindling hope of a demand surge. Friday morning also saw the Caixin services PMI data grew at its fastest pace in 6 months. Top Chinese officials are extremely upbeat about the recent data stating that it has exceeded their expectations with officials apparently targeting an ambitious growth target of 6% for 2023.


WTI Crude Oil Weekly Chart – March 3, 2023


Source: TradingView

The weekly chart is on course to post a Morningstar candlestick pattern of the bottom of the range which has been in play since the start of the year. WTI has been stuck between the $73 a barrel mark and the top of the range resting at the $82 a barrel mark with the 100-day MA resting above at the $84 handle. Next week will be key if we are to see further upside, we do require a weekly candle close above the $82 handle.

WTI Crude Oil Daily Chart – March 3, 2023


Source: TradingView

The daily timeframe remains interesting with price action mixed as we have seen a lower high swing (FEB 13) followed up by a higher low (FEB 23) as the range discussed above continues to keep gains and losses capped since the start of the year.

We can see the whipsaw price action on Friday which came about due to the rumors around the UAE potentially leaving OPEC+. Price is currently trading above the 50-day MA with immediate resistance resting at the 100-day MA around the $80 handle. Above the $80 handle we have the top of the range at $82 with price failing to break above this key level since November 18 2022. Given the length of time we have spent below this level a break above and daily candle close could see us rally quickly toward the 200-day MA around the $88.60 mark. Caution remains however as we do have some big US data events next week with testimony from Fed Chair Jerome Powell and the NFP jobs report which could add further strength to the USD and cap gains.

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Written by: Zain Vawda, Market Writer for

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