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Crude Oil Gains Support as Iran Squeezed Out, Trade War Lingers

Posted Monday, February 11, 2019 by
Arslan Butt • 1 min read

The black gold, crude oil, continues to trade sideways at $52.32, losing -0.76% for the day. Honestly, the market is a bit confused about whether to go long on Iran’s sanctions or to go short on the US-China trade war concerns.

Crude oil exhibits weakness as concerns grew that US-China talks this week would not fix a crack over trade between the world’s largest economies. The US and China are trying to come up with a deal ahead of the March 1 deadline as, after this, the US will increase the 10% tariff to 25%.

China, the world’s second biggest economy, has more to lose if they fail to keep tariffs on hold. In response, their manufacturing may suffer and we may see a drop in crude oil prices. This is why investors are trading oil with a bearish sentiment.

Technically, an upward trendline is supporting WTI crude oil above $52.30. While the 20 periods moving average is still signaling a bearish bias. Crude oil may trade bearish below $53, support becomes resistance level. However, the bullish breakout of $53 can lead oil prices towards $54.15.

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Arslan Butt // 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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