WTI falls to $77.00 on falling Chinese oil imports-led demand concerns


  • WTI price extends its losing streak on demand concern following Chinese oil import data.
  • China's oil imports fell to 10.8 million bpd in the first two months of the year, compared to 11.44 million bpd in December.
  • Crude oil prices could find support from a weakening US Dollar amid growing expectations of a Fed rate cut in June.

The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil price has continued to decline for the third consecutive session, driven by data indicating a decrease in oil imports in China. Imports fell around 5.7% to 10.8 million barrels per day (bpd) in the first two months of the year, compared to 11.44 million bpd in December. The WTI price trades around $77.00 per barrel during the Asian hours on Monday.

Furthermore, the market is adopting a cautious stance ahead of the release of the Consumer Price Index data from the United States (US) scheduled for Tuesday. Investors will also closely monitor Retail Sales and Producer Price Index data expected on Thursday, which could provide fresh insights into the US economic situation amidst growing expectations of a Federal Reserve (Fed) interest rate cut in June.

The WTI price could find support from a weakening US Dollar (USD) following Federal Reserve (Fed) Chair Jerome Powell's testimony before the US Congress last week. Powell reiterated the central bank's stance and hinted at potential cuts in borrowing costs sometime this year, emphasizing that such actions would depend on the inflation trajectory aligning with the Fed's 2% target.

According to the CME FedWatch Tool, the probability of a rate cut in March and May has slightly decreased, with chances at 3.0% and 24.5%, respectively. However, the likelihood of a 25 basis points rate cut has increased to 57.2% for June.

Crude oil prices faced downward pressure due to concerns about demand, offsetting several factors. These include lower US oil stockpiles than expected for the week ending on March 1 and positive sentiment surrounding the Chinese economy, as highlighted by Trade Balance data.

Additionally, Saudi Arabia's unexpected decision to raise prices of its primary grade for buyers in Asia. Furthermore, market participants are closely monitoring ceasefire talks between Israel and Hamas, which have shown little progress.

WTI US OIL

Overview
Today last price 77.03
Today Daily Change -0.50
Today Daily Change % -0.64
Today daily open 77.53
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 77.82
Daily SMA50 75.44
Daily SMA100 75.8
Daily SMA200 77.92
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 79.46
Previous Daily Low 77.18
Previous Weekly High 80.01
Previous Weekly Low 77.18
Previous Monthly High 79.27
Previous Monthly Low 71.46
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 78.05
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 78.59
Daily Pivot Point S1 76.65
Daily Pivot Point S2 75.78
Daily Pivot Point S3 74.37
Daily Pivot Point R1 78.93
Daily Pivot Point R2 80.34
Daily Pivot Point R3 81.21

 

 

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