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October WTI Crude Oil Futures: Technical Outlook

Posted Monday, September 10, 2018 by
Shain Vernier • 1 min read

It seems like just yesterday we were contemplating the idea of $75.00 crude oil going into the fall trading season. Well, things change. Inventories are building, demand is hitting a plateau, and traders are happy on the short side of the global oil market. At press time, October WTI crude is trading to the bear, just above the $67.50 handle.

Today’s action on the futures market has been a bit strange. We are beginning to see the impact of split volumes, specifically between the October and November contracts. It is a bit premature to be talking volume, but the October/November spit is about 4/1. Be on the lookout for this to change rapidly as the trading week progresses. 

The October WTI futures contract has been traded exceptionally heavily due to seasonality. A coming directional move in the WTI market is likely as the big money players bring the October/November spread in. In my view, it will be toward the bear.

October WTI Crude Oil Technicals

WTI crude has come off nicely from last Tuesday’s spike above $71.00. For the moment, it appears as though $65.00 is the next psyche level up for scrutiny.

October WTI Crude Oil Futures (CL), Daily Chart
October WTI Crude Oil Futures (CL), Daily Chart

Here are a few support levels to watch as we approach this week’s inventory cycle:

  • Support(1): Daily SMA, $66.81
  • Support(2): 62% Retracement, $66.76

Bottom Line: For the remainder of the week, I will have longs queued up from $66.77. Using a flat 1:1 risk vs reward management plan, this trade yields 30 pips with an initial stop at $66.47.

A bounce from the 62% retracement support level is likely. With a bit of luck, this long play will set up during today’s late U.S. session.

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