Monday, July 2, 2012

Obviously, the Crude Oil Markets Overreacted Last Week

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CME: August crude oil prices traded lower during the overnight and early morning hours, as they corrected Friday's more than 9.0% gain. Some traders suggested that sluggish China and European manufacturing data served to tamp down global oil demand prospects and pressured crude oil prices lower. Meanwhile, there were a couple of positives in the crude oil market that might have limited early morning losses, including a European embargo on Iranian oil that went into effect over the weekend and the ongoing oil workers strike in Norway. The Commitments of Traders Futures and Options report as of June 26th showed non-commercial traders were net long 178,866 contracts, a decrease of 13,193. Non-commercial and nonreportable traders combined held a net long position of 192,382 contracts, for a decrease of 5,729 in their net long position.

COT: August crude oil was lower overnight as it consolidated some of last Friday's rally but remains above the 20 day moving average crossing at 82.49. Stochastics and the RSI have turned bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If August extends the rally off June's low, the reaction high crossing at 87.32 is the next upside target. If August renews this year's decline, the 75% retracement level of the 2009-2011 rally crossing at 73.28 is the next downside target. First resistance is the reaction high crossing at 87.32. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 92.52. First support is last Thursday's low crossing at 77.28. Second support is the 75% retracement level of the 2009-2011 rally crossing at 73.28.

“The economic data doesn’t seem to suggest oil demand is going to be very explosive, and the demand expectation is softening,” said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at the Price Futures Group in Chicago. “The market realized that maybe people overreacted last week and we are pulling back to a more normal area.”

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