WTI US Crude Oil Forecast: Oil Bulls Drive Rally To Fresh Yearly High

WTI – US Crude Oil reached a fresh yearly high after catalyzing off of a combination of a reduction in US crude inventories and the approval of the larger US Fiscal Stimulus package. An increase in demand for the major commodity provided bulls with renewed optimism, allowing them to push through the critical level at 5204.3, formed by the 76.4% Fibonacci retracement level of the 2020 move.

WTI – US Crude Oil Monthly Chart

WTI US Crude Oil Monthly Chart

Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa, IG

Meanwhile, short-term price action remains within the confines of a bullish channel, after bears failed to break below current support, allowing buyers to run with the trend. A break above the upper Bollinger Band, combined with a Commodity Channel Index (CCI) reading of 227, indicates that although the bullish trend has prevailed, prices remain in oversold territory, potentially hindering further gains.

WTI – US Crude Oil Daily Chart

WTI US Crude Oil Daily Chart

Chart prepared by Tammy Da Costa, IG


WTI US Crude Oil Forecast: Oil Bulls Drive Rally to Fresh Yearly High

At the time of writing, retail trader data shows 38.10% of traders are net-long with the ratio of traders short to long at 1.62 to 1. The number of traders net-long is 7.44% lower than yesterday and 8.33% lower from last week, while the number of traders net-short is 6.00% lower than yesterday and 28.60% higher from last week.

We typically take a contrarian view to crowd sentiment, and the fact traders are net-short suggests Oil - US Crude prices may continue to rise.

Traders are further net-short than yesterday and last week, and the combination of current sentiment and recent changes gives us a stronger Oil - US Crude-bullish contrarian trading bias.

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