WTI Crude Oil Inventories Are In: Late U.S. Session Outlook

Posted Wednesday, September 27, 2017 by
Shain Vernier • 2 min read

The weekly inventory cycle for WTI crude is complete. As my colleague Arslan covered earlier, crude oil inventories bring considerable action to the marketplace. If there are any major discrepancies between projections and the official statistics, fundamental traders typically assert themselves into the market.

The official stats are in, so let’s take a minute and look them over.


The Official Metrics

Hurricane season has given crude oil analysts fits. Abnormal variance has been apparent in the inventories as a result of disruptions to supply and storage. Here are this week’s stats:

Event                                Previous            Projected         Actual

API Crude Oil Stocks        1.443M                NA               -0.761M

EIA Crude Oil Inventories  4.951M               2.296M        -1.846M

While the API number showed a moderate decline, the EIA inventories came in over four million barrels under projections. The immediate aftermath of the release showed WTI crude to be entering consolidation.

It is worth noting that traded volumes for November WTI crude oil futures during the half-hour following the EIA release topped 100,000. This represents an extremely high degree of market participation.


A Look At Today’s WTI Market

November WTI crude is currently trading sideways inside of Tuesday’s extremes. Are we going to stay here or is this market primed for a move?

CL Daily ChartNovember WTI Crude Oil Futures, Daily Chart

As we move towards the latter half of the trading week, there are a few levels to be aware of:

  • The 38% retracement of this week’s range is $51.65. It serves as considerable support, with today’s session low coming in at $51.63.

  • Tuesday's daily candlestick closed as a near perfect doji formation.

  • Key levels of $52.50 and $53.00 stand as topside resistance.

Bottom Line: With such robust participation, it looks to me as if this market is going to test a few round numbers to the topside. Without a retracement below 38% of the week’s range, my bias is certainly bullish. I will be playing  1:1 breakout scalps above the swing high of $52.43 and $52.50.

The daily range is a tight 73 ticks. I look for late U.S. session extension past the extremes.

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