WTI rallies to 2-week tops above $63, adds more than 2% on Thursday


  • Heightened tensions in the Middle East boost crude oil prices.
  • Saudis accuse Iran of ordering the drone attack.

Although crude oil prices struggled to push higher yesterday after the weekly EIA report showed a higher-than-expected buildup in crude oil inventories, heightened tensions in the Middle East provided a boost today, lifting the barrel of West Texas Intermediate to a fresh 2-week high at $63.46. As of writing, the WTI was up 2% on the day at $63.30.

Earlier today, Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi militia claimed responsibility for drone attacks on Saudi oil pumping stations and Saudi Arabia accused Iran of ordering these attacks, reviving concerns over supply disruptions in the region. 

"The attack by the Iranian-backed Houthi militias against the two Aramco pumping stations proves that these militias are merely a tool that Iran's regime uses to implement its expansionist agenda in the region," Prince Khalid bin Salman, a son of King Salman, tweeted out. "The terrorist acts, ordered by the regime in Tehran, and carried out by the Houthis, are tightening the noose around the ongoing political efforts."

Earlier this week, the EIA reported that crude oil inventories in the U.S. increased by 5.4 million barrels in the week ending May 10. Friday's Baker Hughes rig-count report will be the next data to watch.

Key technical levels

AUD/USD

Overview
Today last price 0.6905
Today Daily Change -0.0024
Today Daily Change % -0.35
Today daily open 0.6929
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 0.7027
Daily SMA50 0.7075
Daily SMA100 0.7104
Daily SMA200 0.7153
Levels
Previous Daily High 0.6949
Previous Daily Low 0.6914
Previous Weekly High 0.7048
Previous Weekly Low 0.6947
Previous Monthly High 0.7206
Previous Monthly Low 0.6988
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 0.6927
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 0.6936
Daily Pivot Point S1 0.6912
Daily Pivot Point S2 0.6896
Daily Pivot Point S3 0.6877
Daily Pivot Point R1 0.6947
Daily Pivot Point R2 0.6966
Daily Pivot Point R3 0.6982

 

 

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