Crude Oil Commentary - Tuesday, June 18

Summer Demand Expectations

Crude prices are shrugging off the impact of a stronger US Dollar and weaker China data this week with crude futures seen pushing up to fresh highs for the month. The market has rallied firmly off the 72.61 level and is now up almost 8% off the June lows. The key driver behind the move has been the increased demand expectations at the start of the summer driving season in the US and Europe. Jet fuel demand is also typically seen higher over the coming months which is expected to help pull the market into a deficit. Indeed, in a note released this week Goldman Sachs said that its tracking of global stocks and OECD commercial stocks shows that the deficit is already beginning to show after two months of surplus.

 

US Data & Fed Commentary

Looking ahead this week, alongside the focus on demand expectations (crude inventories on Thursday will be key to watch), traders will also be tracking movements in USD. The latest US retail sales due later today alongside US PMIs later in the week will be the key data focus. We also have a slew of Fed speakers due across the week, beginning later today. Any fresh upside in USD in response to bullish data or hawkish commentary might create headwinds for crude. However, should we see any USD weakness, this should amplify demand for crude in near-term.

 

Technical Views

 

Crude

The rally in crude has seen the market breaking out above the recent bear channel and above the 77.64 level. With momentum studies bullish, focus is on a continuation higher near-term and a fresh test of the 82.59 level and retest of the broken bull trend line off last year’s lows. 

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