The drop in oil prices is ominous

Author: Adam Button | Category: News

The market was too quiet for too long

WTI technical analysis
The lack of volatility in oil since early June is inexplicable. It was a time when broader financial market volatility was extraordinary and crude was stuck to $40/barrel.

As prices stabilized, more companies brought production back online. Meanwhile, OPEC was expected to keep carrying the weight. In China, there was a glut of tanker ships in a sure sign of stockpiling. In Libya, small oil shipments are resuming.

What appears to have broken the oil market though is a slump in demand. The summer driving season is over. The reopening bump is fading even if the Fri/Sat gasoline numbers on the long weekend were strong, according to GasBuddy.

Technically, the picture is worrisome. The 200-dma and 55-dma easily gave way last week and The July lows fell today. Now, there isn't much support until the area around $35 where there is the 100-dma and the mid-June low.

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