• WTI price remains vulnerable amid fears of an inevitable global recession.
  • Big build in API crude stocks, Biden’s gas tax holiday undermine oil.        
  • Any rebound in WTI will likely get sold-off, as bears keep their sights on $100.

WTI (NYMEX futures) is reversing a sell-off from the $101 level, as bears take a breather before the next push lower.

A combination of bearish factors continues to keep the downside exposed in WTI, despite the latest rebound. Increasing odds of an incoming global recession undermine the sentiment around the black gold. The euro area preliminary Business PMIs disappointed and revived recession fears.

Meanwhile, a big build in the US stockpiles combined with US President Joe Biden’s gasoline tax holiday add to the weight on the price of oil. The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported a build this week for crude oil of 5.607 million barrels. It is the biggest inventory rise of over 5 million barrels since mid-February.

On Wednesday, Biden urged Congress to pass a three-month suspension of the federal gasoline tax to help combat record pump prices. All eyes now remain on the US PMIs and sentiment on Wall Street for fresh trading opportunities in WTI.

It’s worth noting that the US Energy Information Administration said its weekly crude stocks change data, due for release on Thursday, will be delayed due to systems issues until at least next week.

From a short-term technical perspective, WTI is likely to challenge the bullish 100-Daily Moving Average (DMA) at 104.37, which was the critical support a day before.

Acceptance above the latter will unleash the additional recovery towards 105, above which doors will open up towards the horizontal 50 DMA at 109.09.

WTI: Daily chart

The 14-day Relative Strength Index (RSI) is sitting just above the oversold region, suggesting that any recovery could be a good selling opportunity.

The immediate downside target is seen at Wednesday’s low of 101.17, below which a fresh downswing will kick in towards the 100 mark.

Further south, the My 11 low of 97.21 will be on the sellers’ radars.

WTI: Additional levels to watch


Today last price 103.15
Today Daily Change -0.76
Today Daily Change % -0.73
Today daily open 103.9
Daily SMA20 114.67
Daily SMA50 109.09
Daily SMA100 104.22
Daily SMA200 90.88
Previous Daily High 109.29
Previous Daily Low 101.17
Previous Weekly High 121.02
Previous Weekly Low 106.2
Previous Monthly High 118.66
Previous Monthly Low 97.21
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 104.27
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 106.19
Daily Pivot Point S1 100.29
Daily Pivot Point S2 96.67
Daily Pivot Point S3 92.17
Daily Pivot Point R1 108.4
Daily Pivot Point R2 112.9
Daily Pivot Point R3 116.52



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