Crude Oil Now Testing A Crucial Technical Level On The Weekly Chart

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At the start of a new trading week, it’s time to check in on some of my regular market analysis, and this morning I thought I would start with oil which has reached an interesting inflection point, and what follows this week is likely to define the longer-term direction for the commodity.  And the most appropriate time frame to consider is the weekly as this is the most significant from a technical perspective.

As we can see from the chart, last week was a positive one for the commodity which saw it rise on a solid wide-spread candle on good volume and with the wick to the lower body providing some additional momentum. So from a vpa perspective price and volume in agreement and this was despite the massive build in inventory which was the largest since 1982 at 21.5m bbls which failed to dent the bullish momentum as oil closed out the week at $66.09 per barrel.

But herein lies an issue as the price has now run into the extremely well-developed resistance area which sits above at $67 per barrel and marked with the thick blue dashed line of the accumulation and distribution indicator. The indicator presents these levels according to the number of times they have been tested and held, and so delivers a visual and clear picture accordingly of how strong or weak each level is. In this case, it is extremely strong and therefore key in the development of the current bullish price action and whether it is going to cap further advances.

If not, and it is breached, this opens the way to a continuation of the present upwards trend.  In addition, this level is also important for another reason as it is the point at which volume begins to fall away on the VPOC histogram and therefore reduces the resistance likely from a volume-based perspective. So if oil can break and hold above $68 per barrel, two things will happen. First, a strong platform of support will then be in place and second, the price should move easily through to $70 per barrel and on towards $75 per barrel which is the low volume node at the top of the chart in rapid time, and requiring less effort to do so. And once we have achieved $75 per barrel we can then move to the monthly chart for a longer-term assessment.

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