Crude oil futures continue to surprise to the upside as three major factors remain the bullish catalyst. First, from the supply side, we are seeing continued drops in week inventory data as well as in rig counts. This could lead to a rebalancing in the total U.S. supply and bring it back to more normalized levels. Secondly, once the U.S. and China come to an agreement on trade negotiations, this should ignite the Chinese economy and therefore boost demand. Finally, from a technical perspective, there is an upside breakout on the charts which could clear the way to the 200-day moving average. I have outlined some key levels of support and resistance below as well as a chart.

Two Key Levels of resistance are $60.00 and $60.93

*$60.00 Key psychological level

*$60.93 is the 200 DMA

Two Key Levels of support are $57.86 and $54.52

*$54.52 was the washout low from March 8th

*$57.86 was old resistance and is now new support

Crude Oil Apr ’19 Daily Chart

Crude Oil Apr '19 Daily Chart

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Phillip Streible

Early in his career Phillip began trading his own account as a screen trader focusing on the metals, grains and stock indices. He then became a Series 7 licensed financial consultant with A.G. Edwards. Later, he expanded his trading experience into a Series 3 licensed commodity broker with Investment Analysis Group. Most recently he was a senior market strategist at MF Global before joining RJO Futures in October 2011 as a senior commodities broker. As a senior commodities broker his goal is to show clients how to anticipate, recognize and react to bull and bear market conditions through the use of technical analysis techniques that help them to define risk.