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  • The US crude oil benchmark lost some 0.83% on Tuesday, weighed by oil’s news aiming to increase supply.
  • Sentiment shifted sour, augmenting appetite for safe-haven assets to the detriment of commodity prices.
  • According to the Department of Treasure, previous releases from SPR and foreign partners brought gasoline prices  down by “40 cents per gallon.”

The US crude oil benchmark, WTI, slides for the first time in the week, down some 0.83%, and is trading at $95.58 BPD at the time of writing. A risk-off mood, dented appetite for the black gold. US companies reporting earnings, and one of the biggest US retailers, blaming high inflation as one of the factors that spurred a slash in profits, kept investors on their toes.

WTI falls on recession fears as the WH taps the SPR reserves

Alongside the abovementioned, on Monday, prices spiked on news that Russia’s Gazprom slashed natural gas flows to Europe from 40 to 20%, as Moscow reported that the missing turbine was on its way to maintenance but had not been installed. WTI reacted upwards to the announcement and closed around $96.26 BPD.

Sources cited by Reuters said, “The announcement revived fears that Russia, despite its cynical denial, will not shy away from using its energy as a weapon in order to gain concessions in its war against Ukraine and ... could probably expect short-term success.”

On Tuesday, earlier in the North American session, EU countries agreed to reduce gas use for the following winter, which was cheered by oil bears, further pushing prices lower. Furthermore, the White House (WH) announced it would sell 20 million barrels from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. The WH said it would repurchase oil “in future years, likely after 2023.”

Linked to the previously mentioned, the Department of Treasure said that the previous releases from the SPR, alongside releases of crude oil from foreign partners, helped reduce gasoline prices by “about 40 cents per gallon.”

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WTI Key Technical Levels

WTI US OIL

Overview
Today last price 95.58
Today Daily Change -1.07
Today Daily Change % -1.12
Today daily open 95.82
 
Trends
Daily SMA20 99.83
Daily SMA50 107.48
Daily SMA100 105.78
Daily SMA200 93.73
 
Levels
Previous Daily High 96.33
Previous Daily Low 92.44
Previous Weekly High 100.69
Previous Weekly Low 92.77
Previous Monthly High 121.36
Previous Monthly Low 101.17
Daily Fibonacci 38.2% 94.84
Daily Fibonacci 61.8% 93.93
Daily Pivot Point S1 93.39
Daily Pivot Point S2 90.97
Daily Pivot Point S3 89.5
Daily Pivot Point R1 97.29
Daily Pivot Point R2 98.76
Daily Pivot Point R3 101.18

 

 

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