Futures were steady in New York after rising 3.8 percent in the previous three sessions. Global demand will climb this year by the most since 2015, the IEA said Wednesday. OPEC on Tuesday raised estimates for the amount of crude it will need to supply in 2018 on stronger consumption from Europe and China. U.S. oil output gained last week as operations returned after Hurricane Harvey. The IEA report “was taken as confirmation of the prevalent supply-tightening narrative, that that oil surplus is slowly disappearing,” said Norbert Ruecker, head of commodity research at Julius Baer Group Ltd. Still, crude is “trading at the upper end of a fundamentally justified price range” and the “upcoming seasonal demand soft patch is set to create near-term headwinds.” Click Read More below for more of the story.
Crude oil prices continued to oscillate in a choppy range as traders weighed the conflicting influence of a weaker US Dollar – a source of support because the WTI benchmark is priced in terms of the greenback – and growing swing supply. US crude inventories and exports jumped to record highs last week, with the latter swelling by the most in almost three years.
Crude oil price standstill continues. A daily close above range resistance at 53.86 paves the way for a test of the 55.21-65 area (January 3 high, 38.2% Fibonacci expansion). Alternatively, a turn below rising trend line support, now at 51.92, sees the next downside barrier at 50.25, the 38.2% Fib retracement.
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