WTI retreats from five-day highs, clings to modest gains near $37.50

  • Crude oil prices gained traction on upbeat Chinese data.
  • IEA expects oil demand recovery to decelerate in the remainder of 2020.
  • The API will release its Weekly Crude Oil Stock data.

Crude oil prices turned north during the Asian session on Tuesday and the barrel of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) touched its highest level in five days at $38. However, the WTI struggled to preserve its bullish momentum and erased a portion of its daily gains. As of writing, the WTI was still up nearly 1% on the day at $37.55.

Chinese data boost sentiment on Tuesday

Earlier in the day, the data from China, the world's second-biggest oil consumer, showed that Industrial Production and Retail Sales in August expanded at a stronger pace than expected and revived hopes for a steady recovery.

However, crude oil continues to have a hard time staging a decisive rally as investors remain concerned about the energy demand outlook.

On Tuesday, the International Energy Agency (IEA) in its oil market report said that it expects the oil demand recovery to "decelerate markedly." On Monday, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said that it revised the expectation for the decline in oil demand to 9.46 million barrels per day (bpd) from 9.06 million (BPD) in the previous report.

Later in the day, the American Petroleum Institute (API) will release its Weekly Crude Oil Stock data.

Technical levels to watch for


Today last price 37.82
Today Daily Change 0.31
Today Daily Change % 0.83
Today daily open 37.51
Daily SMA20 41.13
Daily SMA50 41.27
Daily SMA100 37.37
Daily SMA200 41.3
Previous Daily High 37.93
Previous Daily Low 37.08
Previous Weekly High 39.78
Previous Weekly Low 36.43
Previous Monthly High 43.86
Previous Monthly Low 39.75
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 37.4
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 37.6
Daily Pivot Point S1 37.08
Daily Pivot Point S2 36.66
Daily Pivot Point S3 36.24
Daily Pivot Point R1 37.93
Daily Pivot Point R2 38.35
Daily Pivot Point R3 38.78



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