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Article / 29 October 2015 at 12:45 GMT

Is Brent crude oil really heading for $35?

Technical Analyst / Saxo Bank
  • Oil is trading in a sideways range
  • RSI divergence indicates the end of the selloff
  • We're unlikely to see those sub–$40 prices after all
 The picture is getting brighter for crude oil. Photo: iStock

By Kim Cramer Larsson

There were many signs over the summer that oil would drop below $40 and hit the $30–$35 level. But that picture has changed somewhat. It's not that it's turned all bullish but there are some indications that prices below $40 might not be in the cards after all.
Lets start with taking the bigger picture on a weekly chart. 

We have many time talked about the massive selloff in Q3 and Q4 2014 after the symmetrical triangle breakout. Now it looks like it could have concluded a fifth and final wave slightly below the third. The low came with a bullish engulfing candle and divergence on both RSI and MACD.
RSI, which is still showing bearish sentiment, seems to have formed a new symmetrical triangle pattern and a breakout of the two trend lines will most likely indicate the direction the following months. 

Breakout ahead on the Brent crude oil chart:
Brent Crude weekly
Source: Saxo Bank

Currently Brent crude oil is trading in a range between mid $40s and mid $50s. A bullish breakout of the indicated range on the chart and we could either see Brent above $60 trying to push towards $70 whereas a close below $46.40 most likely will lead to a test of $40.

Not much help from RSI or MACD other than RSI is indicating bearish sentiment  it was just below $40 Thursday so I would sit on my hands until one of the horizontal lines have been broken.

Brent Crude daily
 Source: Saxo Bank

On WTI crude oil the range seems to be between $42 and $50. The 200-day moving average which seems to act as a resistance illustrated by the rejecting a couple of weeks ago is flattening and a close above could turn the mood to bullish.  

A close above 50-day and the 200-day moving averages there is room for a moved towards $60.

A break below the Thursday low at around $42.50 and WTI crude oil is on its way towards $30-35 ie. the 2008 low.  
Crude oil daily
 Source: Saxo Bank

— Edited by Clare MacCarthy

Kim Cramer Larsson is a technical analyst at Saxo Bank


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