WTI Crude Oil

Crude Oil Price Update – Holding $76.04 Could Trigger Late Session Surge into $77.85

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures are edging higher on Thursday, underpinned by government data showing steady demand for gasoline and distillates, and the hopes that the impact of Omicron will have a mild impact on the economy.

At 18:21 GMT, March WTI crude oil futures are trading $76.58, up $0.40 or +0.53%. The United States Oil Fund ETF (USO) is at $55.39, up $0.31 or +0.56%.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data on Wednesday showed crude oil inventories fell by 3.6 million barrels in the week to December 24, which was more than analysts polled by Reuters had expected.

At the same time gasoline and distillate inventories fell, compared with analysts’ forecasts for stock builds, indicating demand remains strong.

Daily March WTI Crude Oil

Daily Swing Chart Technical Analysis

The main trend is up according to the daily swing chart. A trade through the intraday high at $77.06 will signal a resumption of the uptrend. A move through $65.93 will change the main trend to down. This is highly unlikely, but the seven day rally puts the market inside the window of time for a closing price reversal top.

The minor trend is also up. A trade through $75.01 will change the minor trend to down. This will shift momentum to the downside.

The minor range is $75.01 to $77.06. The market is currently trading on the strong side of its pivot at $76.04.

The major support is the Fibonacci level at $73.59.

Daily Swing Chart Technical Forecast

The direction of the March WTI crude oil market into the close on Thursday is likely to be determined by trader reaction to $76.04.

Bullish Scenario

A sustained move over $76.04 will indicate the presence of buyers. This could lead to a quick test of the intraday high at $77.06.

Taking out $77.06 will indicate the buying is getting stronger with the November 24 top at $77.85 the next target. This is a potential trigger point for an acceleration to the upside with the next two targets coming in at $80.25 and $80.72, the contract high.

Bearish Scenario

A sustained move under $76.04 will signal the presence of sellers. This could trigger a quick break into the minor bottom at $75.01.

Taking out $75.01 will change the minor trend to down. This could extend the selling into $73.59.

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James Hyerczyk

James A. Hyerczyk has worked as a fundamental and technical financial market analyst since 1982. His technical work features the pattern, price and time analysis techniques of W.D. Gann.