WTI Crude Oil Price Analysis for August 15, 2019

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WTI crude oil recently broke below the ascending trend line on its 1-hour time frame to signal that a reversal from the uptrend is due. Price seems to have completed a pullback to this broken support and might resume the slide to the next downside targets.

The Fibonacci extension tool shows the potential support areas from here. The 38.2% level lines up with the $54 per barrel and the swing low. Stronger selling pressure could take it down to the 50% level at $52.50 per barrel or the 61.8% level at $53.17 per barrel. The 78.6% level is at $52.59 per barrel and the full extension is at $51.85 per barrel.

The 100 SMA is above the longer-term 200 SMA to indicate that the path of least resistance is to the upside. In other words, the uptrend is more likely to gain traction from here. Price found support at the 200 SMA dynamic inflection point but is below the 100 SMA to signal a bit of bearish pressure.

RSI is heading up to indicate that buyers have the upper hand, possibly taking price up for a higher pullback. Stochastic is also heading up, so price could follow suit while bullish momentum is present.

The Energy Information Administration reported that crude oil inventories rose by 1.6 million barrels during the week ending August 9 versus the projected draw of 2.5 million barrels. Prior to this, the American Petroleum Institute reported crude oil inventories increased by 3.7 million barrels to 443 million, compared with analyst expectations for a decrease of 2.8 million barrels.

This underscores weakening business demand as trade tensions return while production likely got a big boost from the reopening of previously shutdown pipelines. Up ahead, the Baker Hughes oil rig counts could also lead to additional volatility by the end of the week.

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