As of Thursday morning, the October crude oil contract was trading near the $64.50 price level following Thursday’s EIA report which featured a build in inventories of 6.9 million barrels.  This report coupled with an increasingly stronger dollar and diminishing supply and demand prospects amid increasing geopolitical risks has lead the contract to a bearish posture.

Of course, this is visible in the daily chart below as the market has made lower highs for the last month and a half and has also traded to at the lowest levels in that timeframe in the past 48 hours.  Should the bear trend continue, it will be interesting to see if the $62.50- 63.60 level which coincides with the 200-day moving average and the June 18 low.

Eyeing whether the trendline support pictured below holds may provide guidance in addition to monitoring other factors such as:

          Currencies, especially dollar index strength as well as Lira contagion

          Geopolitical risk amid United States/Turkey, United States/China, Turkey/EU, and GBP/Eu

          An extremely high refinery capacity rate of 98.1%

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Crude Oil Oct ’18 Daily Chart

Crude Oil Oct '18 Daily Chart

Michael O'Donnell

Mike started his career in the markets on the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade as a trade checker for a local market maker in the Dow Futures pit. This led to interning with an independent introducing broker and going on to work with a number of market participants including: speculating clients, hedge clients, introducing brokers, futures commission merchants, commodity trading advisors, proprietary traders, trading educators, system creators, and a number of international financial market participants.