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Oil Technical Analysis | US shale efficiency drives prices lower

BY Janne Muta

|December 6, 2023

Oil technical analysis - This week, oil prices experienced a 4.6% decline, underscoring the challenges faced by OPEC in stabilizing the market through production cuts. Reuters reports that advancements in efficiency within the US shale sector have enabled consistent production growth, despite lower oil prices and fewer drilling rigs. This efficiency has driven US oil production to unprecedented levels, exerting additional downward pressure on oil prices.

A key reason for the oil price decline is the significant increase in US crude oil production, which reached a record high of 13.24 million barrels per day in September 2023. This surge, resulting from efficiency improvements in the shale industry, has diminished OPEC’s and Saudi Arabia's market control. Oil price weakness has prompted Russian president to fly over to UAE to discuss the oil market.

Looking ahead, the global oil landscape is poised for considerable shifts, largely influenced by the increasing focus on electrification and anticipated reductions in oil consumption within the transportation sector.

This sector, which accounts for about 60% of worldwide oil demand, is likely to see a decline as the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) accelerates. Projections suggest a potential decrease in oil demand by up to 5 million barrels per day by 2030.

In response, major oil corporations and governments in the top oil-consuming nations, including the United States and China, are revising their oil demand forecasts to reflect these evolving trends and the expected long-term impact on the oil market.

Summary of This Oil Technical Analysis Report:

  • The price of oil has dropped by over 11% since the market failed to rally above the 79.63 resistance level. Last week, the market formed a bearish rejection candle, signalling further downward pressure on the price of oil. The market continues to exhibit bearish tendencies on the weekly chart and could potentially decline to 69.75, and even further to 67.40 on an extended move.
  • The daily chart shows that oil has broken below a price range it traded within for approximately three weeks. The measured move target based on this range points to 64.90. It's worth noting, though, that there is a key market structure level at 67.12 which could attract short covering and even speculative buying.
  • In the two-hour chart, the closest key resistance level is at 72.15, with subsequent resistance levels located at 74.26 and 74.81.

Read the full Oil Technical Analysis report below.

Oil Technical Analysis

Oil Technical Analysis, Weekly Chart

Weekly Oil Technical Analysis

The price of oil has dropped by over 11% since the market failed to rally above the 79.63 resistance level. Last week, the market formed a bearish rejection candle, signalling further downward pressure on the price of oil. The market continues to exhibit bearish tendencies on the weekly chart and could potentially decline to 69.75, and even further to 67.40 on an extended move.

Alternatively, our oil technical analysis suggests that if there were a counter-trend rally, we might observe oil trading up to approximately 73.80. The market is currently in an oversold condition according to the stochastic oscillator but such indicators tend to lose their validity when a market is in a persistent downtrend.

Oil Technical Analysis, Daily Chart

Daily Oil Technical Analysis

The daily chart shows that oil has broken below a price range it traded within for approximately three weeks. The measured move target based on this range points to 64.90.

A key market structure level

It's worth noting, though, that there is a key market structure level at 67.12 which could attract short covering and even speculative buying. Therefore, there's no guarantee that the market will reach the measured move target. Alternatively, if the market rallies back within the price range, it might move up to around 73.80.

As per indicator-based oil technical analysis, the market remains bearish in this time frame, with the moving averages pointing lower and the fast-moving average positioned below the slow-moving average.

Oil Technical Analysis, 2h Chart

Oil Technical Analysis, 2h

In the two-hour chart, the closest key resistance level is at 72.15, with subsequent resistance levels located at 74.26 and 74.81. It's worth noting that the 74.26 level closely aligns with the 50-period moving average.

Consequently, the range between 74.26 and 74.81 could represent a significant resistance area. Indicator-based oil technical analysis supports the price action-based analysis, confirming that the oil market remains in a bearish state.

Oil Technical Analysis, Client Sentiment Graph

Client sentiment analysis

TIOmarkets' clientele are mildly bullish on USOIL, with 59% of clients holding long positions and 41% shorting the market.

Please remember that the retail trader client sentiment is a contrarian indicator as most of the retail traders are on average betting against the market trends. This is why, experienced traders tend to trade against the retail client sentiment. You can follow the TIOmarkets client sentiment live on our Forex dashboard.

The next key risk events impacting this market

  • USD - Crude Oil Inventories
  • USD - Average Hourly Earnings
  • USD - Non-Farm Employment Change
  • USD - Unemployment Rate
  • USD - Prelim UoM Consumer Sentiment
  • USD - Prelim UoM Inflation Expectations

Potential Oil Market Moves

The market continues to exhibit bearish tendencies on the weekly chart and could potentially decline to 69.75, and even further to 67.40 on an extended move.

Alternatively, our oil technical analysis suggests that if there were a counter-trend rally, we might observe oil trading up to approximately 73.80.

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Janne Muta

Janne Muta holds an M.Sc in finance and has over 20 years experience in analysing and trading the financial markets.

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