Nadia Simmons: One of the main events of recent days was the first U.S. government shutdown in 17 years. Light crude dropped to a new monthly low at $101.05 on concerns that this event would reduce demand for black gold in the world’s largest oil consumer market. In the previous week, the yellow metal also declined and dropped below $1,300 an ounce. Despite this declines, on Wednesday, both commodities rebounded sharply supported by a weaker U.S. dollar as commodities priced in the greenback became less expensive for holders of other currencies. Additionally, in the second half of the previous week we saw similar price action in both cases.
Taking the above into account, investors are probably wondering: what could happen if the recent positive divergences between both commodities remain in place? Can we find any guidance in the charts? Let’s take a look at the charts below and try to find answer to this question. We’ll start with the daily chart of crude oil (charts courtesy by http://stockcharts.com).
On the above chart, we see that the situation improved slightly in the previous week. Last Monday, crude oil dropped to a new monthly low of $101.05 per barrel. With this move the price of crude oil declined not only below the August low, but also below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level. Despite this drop, we saw a pullback, which erased most of the losses late in the day.
In the following days, we saw further improvements as oil bulls managed to hold this level. This positive event triggered another pullback, which pushed light crude to the previously-broken rising medium-term support line on Wednesday. Additionally, the price of light crude came back above the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level and the breakdown below this level was invalidated. Although crude oil closed Wednesday almost at the rising medium-term support/resistance line, the buyers didn’t have enough strength to break above this resistance until the end of the previous week.
Looking at the above chart, we see that crude oil remains in the declining trend channel. Therefore, if we see a breakout above the medium-term support/resistance line, we could see a move up to the declining short-term resistance line based on the Aug. 28 and Sept. 19 highs - currently close to the $106.4 level (marked with blue).