WTI Crude Oil: It’s Inventory Day!

Posted Wednesday, September 13, 2017 by
Shain Vernier • 2 min read

Today’s release of the EIA crude oil stocks report marks the end of this week’s inventory cycle. Amid the fallout from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, inventory statistics have become the go-to fundamental metric for oil traders.

As always, the inventory releases bolster volatility and participation. My colleague Arslan has discussed how to trade the inventories and their impact on the market in-depth.


The Hard Data

The numbers are out, so let’s get to them:

Event                                  Previous           Projected         Actual

API Crude Oil Stocks          2.791M                NA                6.181M

EIA Crude Oil Stocks          4.580M              3.238M           5.888M


The stats each show a considerable build. This is often expected when refineries go offline as is the case in Texas right now. Currently, October WTI crude is trading around $49.00, up 70 cents on the session.


The Market

Perhaps the largest aspect of WTI crude oil futures is the pending rollover. We are seeing an increasing volume dilution between the October and November contracts, at a 2/1 ratio.

CL Daily CahrtOctober WTI Crude Oil, Daily Chart


As you can see from the chart, the roadmap here is relatively simple:

  • WTI crude is in macro consolidation between $50.00 and $45.00

  • The 78% retracement of August’s range ($49.43) and the Daily SMA ($47.30) serve as the intermediate-term trading range. Until we break out of this area, we are in for more sideways action.

Overview: It can be a challenge to trade rotational markets. Without the proper strategy, aligning risk and reward is difficult. For now, I am taking a wait and see approach to WTI crude. Failure at the 78% level may set up an upcoming shorting opportunity.

The situation is fluid, so stay tuned. Until then, check out the trading signals here at FX Leaders for proven ideas to attack today’s markets.

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