Oil Futures: Gripped By Bears 

The trajectory of WTI Crude Oil Futures (NYMEX: CL) has taken a stark turn, encapsulating a narrative of decline since surpassing the pivotal $70.00 mark. This descent, spanning seven consecutive weeks and poised for an eighth in negative territory, paints a vivid picture of the oil market’s subdued state. Recent weeks have seen a staggering almost 30% plunge, marking a year-on-year decline of 14%, a descent that mirrors concerns looming over global economic prospects. 

The precipitous fall stems from apprehensions surrounding the demand landscape, shadowed by a slowdown in industrial activity across major economies and an unexpected surge in inventory levels. Factors such as uncertainties regarding the global economy in the coming year, inconsistent pledges to reduce output by OPEC+, and increased production, particularly in the U.S. at unprecedented levels, heavily influence the present pricing dynamics. 

As markets pivot towards the Federal Reserve’s imminent interest rate decision, the lens is focused on potential cues for policy shifts, especially in light of dwindling inflation and a decelerating labour market, pivotal elements steering inflationary trends.  


The WTI Crude Oil Futures have entrenched themselves in a clear downward trajectory, tracing a well-defined descending channel pattern while residing beneath the 100-day moving average. This trend commenced sharply from the $79.54 per barrel mark, establishing a resistance level coinciding with the upper boundary of the descending channel amid overbought RSI conditions. 

As the oil futures continue their descent, they currently hover near the lower boundary of the descending channel, coinciding with oversold RSI conditions. Should this downtrend persist, attention may shift towards the $63.65 per barrel support level, constituting the year-to-date low, particularly given prevailing downside volumes. 

Conversely, the lower boundary of the descending channel could impede further downside potential, potentially serving as a barrier. In the event of a reversal, the 100-day moving average could emerge as a pivotal marker for potential upside movement. 


The WTI Crude Oil Futures’ dramatic decline, mirrored by a staggering 30% plunge in recent weeks, unveils the market’s subdued state amid global economic uncertainties. Factors like weakened demand, increased production, and wavering OPEC+ commitments weigh heavily on pricing dynamics. As attention turns to the Federal Reserve’s imminent decisions, market cues and economic indicators become pivotal in steering this trajectory amid a challenging landscape. 

Sources: Reuters, TradingView 

Piece Written By Nkosilathi Dube, Trive Financial Market Analyst

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