Crude Standstill ahead of EIA Stockpile Report

Posted Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

During the London session, WTI crude oil traded sideways in a narrow trading range of $69.35 – $70 and that’s because of the upcoming EIA report which is due in the U.S. session. In addition, crude oil got bullish momentum after Saudi Arabia symbolized that it was satisfied with a higher price range ahead of a meeting between principal producing countries in Algeria. According to the news updates, Saudi Arabian officials said they are happy with Brent prices moving over $80 a barrel as markets adapt to the loss of supply from U.S. sanctions.

Speaking about the U.S. crude stockpiles, the figure showed a rise by 1.2M barrels to 397.1M in the week of September 14, the American Petroleum Institute said. Today, the EIA report is due at 15:30 (GMT) with a forecast of -2.7M draw vs. -5.3M.

The technical side hasn’t changed much. Crude oil violated the descending triangle pattern which was proving $68.80 a strong resistance. It can drop to $69.30 for a slight correction, but the odds of a bullish trend still remains strong. WTI can face an immediate resistance near $70 and $70.75, while the support prevails at $69.40. Good luck!

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Arslan Butt is our Index & Commodity Analyst
Arslan Butt is our Lead Commodities and Indices Analyst. Arslan is a professional market analyst and day trader. He holds an MBA in Behavioral Finance and is working towards his Ph.D. Before joining FX Leaders Arslan served as a senior analyst in a major brokerage firm. Arslan is also an experienced instructor and public speaker.
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