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What Is Going On With The Oil Market?

By Michele SchneiderETFsNov 25, 2021 01:28AM ET
www.investing.com/analysis/what-is-going-on-with-the-oil-market-200609498
What Is Going On With The Oil Market?
By Michele Schneider   |  Nov 25, 2021 01:28AM ET
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The oil market has the media spotlight with projected prices continuing to rise. Shortages, inflation, and economic growth have all been major factors in oil trending higher throughout this year. And with gas at a 7-year high, pressure has been mounting on the Biden administration to ease the consistent price climb.

USO-Daily Chart
USO-Daily Chart

However, this leads to the current disagreement between the U.S. and OPEC (Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries).

While the U.S. and other countries have entertained the idea of releasing personal oil reserves to calm prices, OPEC has responded with a warning that if the U.S., India, China, and South Korea all release oil, they will not ramp up their oil productions. They believe that the oil market will swing into a surplus cautioning haste on releasing too much oil.

From the inflation side, JP Morgan created a study on oil prices compared to equities adjusted through inflation, showing that going back 20 years, if oil had followed equities' percentage increase (excluding the NASDAQ index), oil would be priced near $115 per barrel.

Currently, the price is $78 per barrel. From this standpoint, oil is still much cheaper compared to $115. However, with so many moving parts and potential manipulation from OPEC, it’s tough to gauge where price should be based on growing demand.

Pulling away from fundamentals, charting can add more perspective to oil’s short-term future. Above is a chart of United States Oil Fund ETF (NYSE:USO). Currently, USO has made a second close over its 50-Day moving average (DMA) confirming a bullish phase.

Though it is within a recent downward trend, if USO can hold over its 50-DMA at $55.18, or its 10-DMA at $55.53, we could see it run back to highs near $59.

On the other hand, if USO breaks down, watch the support area from $53.50 – 54.50 to hold. Either way, consumers are looking for cheaper prices which OPEC is hesitant to meet through adding supply.

Therefore, it will be interesting to watch the oil market going forward if demand continues to outpace supply, thus putting pressure not only on travel and movement of goods, but the current U.S. administration.

ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY) 464.45 new support to hold.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM) 228.26 support the 50-DMA.
  • Dow (DIAWatching 355.34 to hold.
  • NASDAQ (QQQ) Watching to stay over the 10-DMA at 397.62.
  • KRE (Regional Banks) 75.75 resistance area.
  • SMH (Semiconductors) Like this to stay over 300.
  • IYT (Transportation) 270.89 support.
  • IBB (Biotechnology) 150.21 new support.
  • XRT (Retail) Sitting in support from prior trading range.
  • Junk Bonds (JNK) Watching for reversal pattern.
  • SLV (Silver21.78 the 50-DMA.
  • USO (US Oil Fund) 53.50 – 54.50 support.
  • TLT (iShares 20+ Year Treasuries) 144.60 support area.
  • DBA (Agriculture) 20.00 the 10-DMA minor support
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MuraliKrishna Brahmandam
MuraliKrishna Brahmandam Nov 25, 2021 1:38AM ET
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okay the chess oil game and lose to Russian and MBS. this is the price US pays for the stimulus lion 🦁 dr. Jerome Bubble set off
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Nothing wrong in releasing when under pressure. Everything has shelf life. never good to hold under pressure. after all reserves get released, MBS wants $309 oil. no limit.
 
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