Crude Oil News | US Crude Drops 5%, Inventory data is anticipated

Crude Oil News | US Crude Drops 5%, Inventory data is anticipated

Crude oil had a speculative trade yesterday. Prices drop drastically as concerns about slowing European demand offset worries about Middle East supply disruptions stemming from the Israel-Hamas conflict in Gaza.

Brent crude futures dropped 3.69%, to $87.11 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were down 2.82%, to $83.63 a barrel. MCX crude oil down 3.18% at 7132.00.

Euro zone business activity data took a surprise downturn this month, suggesting the bloc may slip into recession, creating a drag on the outlook for oil demand. Overall, the region’s oil refineries have been consuming less crude than a year ago amid lacklustre economic growth, Euroilstock data has shown.

Countries are pushing for a pause or ceasefire in fighting between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip so that humanitarian aid could be delivered to besieged Palestinian civilians and the leaders of U.S. and Saudi Arabia on Tuesday discussed efforts to prevent the conflict from widening to potentially include major producer Iran.

However, Crude prices may find some support as the top parliament body in China, the world’s biggest oil importer, approved a bill to issue 1 trillion yuan ($137 billion) in sovereign bonds and allow local governments to issue new debt from their 2024 quota to boost the economy.

But demand for crude oil in China could be capped as Beijing put a ceiling for its oil refining capacity at 1 billion metric tons by 2025 to streamline its vast oil processing sector and curb carbon emissions.

Falling crude oil stockpiles in the U.S., the world’s biggest oil consumer, also restricted some fall. U.S. inventories declined by about 2.7 million barrels in the week ended on Oct. 20, according to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures on Tuesday.

The decline went against the forecast by eight analysts polled by Reuters who had estimated on average that crude inventories were up by about 200,000 barrels for the week. [API/S]

Gasoline inventories dropped by 4.2 million barrels, while distillate inventories fell by about 2.3 million barrels, the API data showed.

Crude Oil News | Technical Outlook

US CRUDE OIL prices plunged more than 2.80% yesterday. Prices turned lower from the peak of $89.82 and touched three week lows of $82.99.

On the above chart, prices breached its short term pennant  support, which is indicating more pain will come out in near future. Furthermore, a three black crows candlestick pattern also supports weak momentum.

On the downside, a break below $82.90 will open the door for next support $82.25-$81.16 very soon. Alternatively, any rise towards $85.35-$85.55 will attract some pressure .

 However, downside momentum could be limited amid geopolitical jitters.  And if prices break above its massive resistance $87.55 then it could again retest $88.35-$90.00.

Apart from technical, U.S. government data on inventories is due later today, which will add volatility in the prices.