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Crude oil prices may be readying to extend lower; daily chart is maintaining a broader bullish bias but, bearish Head & Shoulders in focus on four-hour chart.


original-size.webpSource: Bloomberg

Daniel Dubrovsky | Currency Analyst, DailyFX, San Francisco | Publication date: Wednesday 23 August 2023 

WTI crude drops lower

WTI crude oil prices may be reading to extend lower following recent technical developments, especially on the four-hour chart. For now, let us focus on the daily setting. Oil is currently on course for a second consecutive weekly loss, which has been fairly unusual for WTI given price action since May.

Is this a sign of technical exhaustion?

In recent days, WTI left behind new support around $78.99 after confirming a breakout under the rising trendline from June. This also followed the emergence of a Bearish Engulfing candlestick pattern. Meanwhile, resistance was established around $81.56. Below current price action, a bullish Golden Cross emerged between the 50- and 100-day moving averages (MAs).

So, while the near-term technical landscape is appearing bearish, the broader upside bias remains focused higher. But, there are brewing signs of potentially more bearish price action to come.

WTI crude daily chart


1-crude-oil-prices-ready-to-extend-lowerSource: TradingView

Prices sitting above bearish chart

Using the four-hour setting below, we can see the outlines of a Bearish Head & Shoulders chart formation taking shape. Recently, the peak of the right shoulder was established around $81.69. The neckline seems to be around $79.02.

Now, prices are sitting just above the bearish chart formation. Confirming a breakout lower could open the door to extending lower. That would place the focus on the $77.30 inflection point before the 17 July 2023 low of $73.81 comes into focus.

Otherwise, pushing back above the right shoulder may open the door to revisiting the 10 August 2023 high of $84.85.

WTI crude four-hour chart


2-crude-oil-prices-ready-to-extend-lowerSource: TradingView

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