Oil Price Forecast: WTI Crude Oil Prices Test Support – Key Levels To Watch

A range of fundamental factors continue to weigh on the commodity sector, affecting prices for both oil and gas which have risen sharply throughout the year.

Although both the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB) have continued to maintain a dovish stance throughout the global Covid-19 pandemic, rising commodity prices have raised fears that inflation may not be ‘transitory’, placing this week’s interest rate decision by the world’s two largest economies at the forefront of risk-sentiment.

Oil Price Forecast: WTI Crude Oil Prices Test Support – Key Levels to Watch

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However, supply bottlenecks were further exacerbated by disruptions in the production of WTI as oil producers off the Gulf of Mexico struggle to recover from the detrimental damages caused by Hurricane Ida.

Meanwhile, the pandemic and a rise in natural disasters have caused European policymakers to shift their focus towards fighting climate change, forcing producers and suppliers of non-renewable energy to pay higher costs which have seen gas prices surge by approximately 280% this year.

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Source: Refinitiv

Us Crude Oil (WTI) Prices – Key Levels To Watch

After rebounding off of the August low ($61.70), oil supply shortages supported the strong rebound in crude oil prices, allowing bulls to temporarily drive prices higher.

However, after facing a wall of resistance just below the key psychological level of $73.00, bears were able to drive prices back towards the 23.6% Fibonacci level of the August – September move, currently holding as support at $70.39.

With prices currently trading above the 50-period moving average (MA), the commodity channel index (CCI) is currently trading below 100, at least for now.

Although price action currently remains encapsulated between key Fibonacci levels of the above-mentioned move, persistent supply constraints and economic woes remain the key catalysts for the imminent move.

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William K. 4 weeks ago Member's comment

A TORNADO is certainly transitory, but the damage done is not. Likewise inflation, since it is seldom followed by deflation, where our dollars regain their purchasing power. This needs to be repeated loudly enough to convince the fed that most people outside the financial sector are damaged by inflation, some much more than others.