Crude Oil tests higher ground on quiet Wednesday, WTI touches $81.00

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Updated Jun 20, 2024 01:15
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■  Barrel bids tested into fresh peaks on Wednesday, but remain subdued.

■  With US markets dark for Wednesday's holiday, market flows and volatility remain thin.

■  An extended uptick in US Crude Oil supplies could dampen the mood.


West Texas Intermediate (WTI) US Crude Oil tested into fresh Wednesday highs on thin volume, clipping $81.00 per barrel as commodities drift softly higher despite US exchanges shuttered for the Juneteenth holiday. WTI found a new seven-week high and is on pace to extend into a second straight week of gain as Crude Oil recovers from a recent swing low, but bolstered energy market hopes of a summertime upswing in energy demand could slump again if US Crude Oil production continues to outpace draws.


The American Petroleum Institute (API) reported another week-on-week increase in US Weekly Crude Oil Stocks this week, adding another 2.264 million barrels to counts and eating away at the previous week’s -2.428 million barrel decline as US production of Crude Oil continues to overhang on current demand levels.


The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its extended network of non-ally countries, OPEC  is on pace to end voluntary production cuts later in the year that were meant to bolster global Crude Oil prices by crimping production. However, OPEC  nations that rely on Crude Oil output to balance their government budgets are buckling under the pressure and pumping caps are set to begin phasing out in the third quarter. 


Recent demand figures from China also disappointed energy markets, however, barrel traders are pivoting to hope for an ambiguous expected uptick in summertime energy demand to press down on current oversupply. The Energy Information Administration (EIA) will be publishing its own week-on-week barrel counts on Thursday, and barrel traders are hoping for a -2.0 million barrel drawdown for the week ended June 14 after the previous week’s 3.73 million barrel buildup.


WTI technical outlook


WTI US Crude Oil has temporarily halted a technical recovery from the last major swing low into $72.45. WTI has closed in the green for all but four of the last eleven consecutive trading days, and has managed to crack north of the 200-day Exponential Moving Average (EMA) at $78.84. Slack in bullish momentum could pull US Crude Oil back below the 200-day EMA and send WTI into another leg lower, pushing bids back below a descending trendline drawn from 2024’s peak bids around $87.00 per barrel.


WTI daily chart


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