Despite having a solid year, up 7.38%, oil futures were the second worst performing commodity in the month of October, down 13.67%. With the market in a firm downtrend it is difficult to find anything to be bullish about. Looking at the technicals the ADX is rising showing the strength of the downtrend is intact and stochastics are in oversold territory indicating a bear market. On the supply side EIA crude stocks are sitting at 426 million barrels which is above the 5-year average at 418 million barrels. Imports have been declining and that is generally supportive but with the China trade war in a standoff its hard to say where the U.S. would be exporting. Cushing stocks have been steadily increasing showing demand maybe stalling.
Crude Oil Dec ’18 Daily Chart