CRUDE OIL PRICES MAY FALL ON DOWNBEAT ECB, FOMC GLOBAL SLOWDOWN FEARS
Crude oil prices fell alongside stocks yesterday amid a broad-based deterioration in risk appetite. The bulk of the move played out after the IMF unveiled a grim global economic outlook update (as expected). Earlier worries EU-US trade war risk and a downgrade of Italy’s growth outlook – along with its implications for renewed budgetary tensions between Rome and EU authorities – added to the downbeat mood.
Looking ahead, the ECB monetary policy announcement as well as the release of minutes last month’s FOMC meeting are in focus. Grim rhetoric speaking to policymakers’ deepening concerns about a downshift in the global business cycle may keep markets in a defensive stance. That seems to bode ill for oil. As before, the impact on gold will depend on the relative magnitude of divergent moves in bond rates and USD.
Elsewhere, industrial production figures from Italy, France and the UK as well as the monthly UK GDP report may inform global growth bets. US CPI is also on tap. A tendency to disappoint on recent macro news-flow warns of soft results that might pressure sentiment further. Finally, EIA inventory data is seen showing stockpiles added 2.5 million barrels last week. API flagged a larger 4.09-million-barrel rise yesterday.
Crude Oil Technical Analysis
Crude oil prices put in a Harami candlestick pattern below support-turned-resistance in the 63.59-64.88 area. This is a sign of indecision that may precede a downturn. A daily close below the $60/bbl figure would break the uptrend from late December and expose 57.24-88 zone. Alternatively, a push above 64.88 is followed almost immediately by another layer of resistance in the 66.09-67.03 infection zone.
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