Market update: Crude oil price soars to resistance as retail traders become more bearish
Crude oil prices close at highest since mid-November; retail traders become increasingly bearish, while WTI faces the 61.8% Fibonacci extension point.
Crude oil sentiment outlook: bullish
Crude oil prices are on pace to rise over 1.8% this week so far, with WTI also aiming for a fourth consecutive monthly gain. In response, we can see that retail traders have been becoming increasingly bearish the commodity. This can be seen by taking a look at IG Client Sentiment (IGCS), which often functions as a contrarian indicator. With that in mind, will oil continue higher next?
According to IGCS, only 37% of retail traders are net-long crude oil. Since the majority of them are biased to the downside, this hints prices may continue rising down the road. This is as downside exposure increased by 10.17% and 12.70% compared to yesterday and last week, respectively. With that in mind, the combination of overall exposure and recent changes offers a stronger bullish contrarian outlook.
US crude oil – IG Client Sentiment
Crude oil technical analysis
On the daily chart below, WTI has closed above a string of highs set over the past few days, reaching the highest since the middle of November. The push higher has also brought WTI to the 61.8% Fibonacci extension level at 88.75, which is immediate resistance. A confirmatory breakout higher exposes the 92.43 – 93.72 resistance zone from October.
That would open the door to an increasingly stronger bullish technical conviction. Meanwhile, immediate support seems to be the 84.84 inflection point from August. Just below that is the 50-day moving average (MA), which could reinstate the broader upside focus in the event of a stronger dip lower.
Crude oil daily chart
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