Brent Crude Oil Price Forecast Talking Points:
- The ONE Thing: Bears are losing reasons to fight the trend. The latest developments from U.S.-Iran shows that supply shocks appear likely in addition to potential overtightening from the OPEC+ alliance while options additionally show a premium being paid to protect against upside shocks.
- Brent Crude Oil Technical Analysis Strategy: Despite a potentially stretched move, Brent crude has approached the 50% Fibonacci level of the 2012/2016 price range at $ 77.75/bbl. A move higher here would next target $ 89.70/bbl, which is currently supported by the fundamental backdrop.
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Not all commodities are treated equally. Some are kings where others are being treated like paupers. Take gold and oil for example. Recently, an attendee on my FX Closing Bell webinar encouraged me to take a look at the ratio of gold priced in barrels of Brent crude.
Gold Has Not Been This Unattractive Relative To Crude Oil Since 2014
Data source: Bloomberg
The chart above shows a ratio of Gold priced in the front-month contract of Brent crude oil futures. Brent, of course, has been buoyed by supply fears and growing demand while the return to a low volatility environment has been particularly bad for Gold bulls.
Recently, the ratio has dropped to the lowest levels when Brent was trading north of $ 100/bbl. In addition to low volatility, the ratio (and gold in general) has been taken lower by a strengthening US Dollar out of a year-plus long downtrend, higher US interest rates and a stable global economy that shows a non-yielding rock doesn’t deserve the premium it once does.
In addition to the lack of a haven trade, the bid in crude is showing the opposite development in the demand is there as supply is dropping.
The Lottery Ticket Trade Is Back – Options Jump on $ 100 Brent Calls
A rise in December options for Brent at $ 100/bbl jumped this week after the imposition of US sanction on Iran, OPEC’s third largest producer per Bloomberg. Deep out of the money calls are not a sure-thing as they’re often purchased when possibility and low-prices make a trade worthwhile.
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Technical Analysis – Brent Crude Oil Stays In Bullish Standing
Chart Source: Pro Real Time with IG UK Price Feed. Created by Tyler Yell, CMT
The chart above shows Brent crude at a major technical juncture when looked at in the context of the 2012-2016 move from $ 128-$ 27/bbl.
The key level is the 50% Fibonacci retracement of that range that sits at $ 77.75.
A close above this level, and if done on a weekly basis would likely further discourage bears from holding the trade and could see an eventual move toward the 61.8% Fibonacci level of the same range at $ 89, which would align with how the options market is seeing crude.
Short-term support can be found at the range of the 9- & 26-day midpoint at $ 75.11-$ 74.17/bbl. These are Ichimoku levels applied to daily trading data that have provided a clear view of bullishness since mid-March.
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