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Oil Market Forecast & Review 3rd May 2013

June crude oil is set to close lower for the week after heavy selling pressure hit the market following a test of a major 50% price level at $94.66. The actual high for the week is $94.69. This 50% level has been mentioned for weeks since the main range was formed between $107.86 and $81.46. It is important because it represents the pivot price between bullish and bearish.

Currently, the pivot price is acting like resistance which means the market is trading on the bearish side. Investors will continue to sell rallies into this pivot as long as it holds as resistance. If speculators can sustain a rally above this pivot then look for a breakout into a downtrending trend line at $97.41. A move through the uptrend line at $92.32 will be a sign of weakness and could trigger a break into $90.30.


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Because of the lower-top, lower-bottom formation, the main trend is down. This means that the current rally is a counter-trend move. Since the main trend is down, professional traders are likely to continue to sell rallies. The swing chart suggests that a breakout over $98.06 will turn the main trend to up while a breakdown under $85.90 will reaffirm the downtrend.

Fundamentally, the market remains weak because of signs of sluggish growth in the U.S. and China. A slowdown in the economies of the world’s top two consumers is likely to mean a drop in demand and a rise in inventory.  The fact that U.S. crude oil stocks are at their…

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