The price of WTI crude oil futures are settling at $58.43. That is a gain of $2.33 or 4.1%. The move higher today was helped by a bigger than expected drawdown of inventories of -4856K versus -1500K estimate. News that Saudi Arabia is is threatening to keep production higher to punish producers who don’t keep to their quotas had little impact.
Looking at the 60 minute chart above, the contract spiked above its 100 hour and 200 hour moving averages (blue and green lines) and extended up to the recent highs over the last 9 or so trading days between $58.67 and $58.74. The high price today reached $58.66. The low for the day was down at $56.28.
A move above this ceiling would be more bullish for the contract. Staying below, and we could see a rotation back down toward the 200 hour moving average of $57.46.
WTI crude oil fell to $57.30 from $58.50 in a quick move after Trump announced he was firing national security advisor John Bolton. It’s since bounced back 40 cents.
Bolton has long favored military solutions everywhere, but particularly in the Middle East. The news diminishes the chances of bombs falling on Iran.
Minutes after that news, the EIA lowered its forecasts for world oil demand this year and next. They saw a rise of an 890,000 barrel per day rise compared to 1 million barrels previously for this year. For 2020, they trimmed the forecast by 30,000 bpd to a rise of 1.4mbpd.
Offsetting that somewhat is a lower forecast for US production next year at 13.23 mbpd compared to 13.26 mbpd.
Follow the trends. This is probably some of the hardest advice for a trader to follow because the personality of the typical futures trader is not “one of the crowd.” Futures traders (and futures brokers) are highly individualistic; the markets seem to attract those who are. Very simply, it takes a special kind of person, not “one of the crowd,” to earn enough risk capital to get involved in the futures markets. So the typical trader and the typical broker must guard against their natural instincts to be highly individualistic, to buck the trend.
Know why you are trading the commodity markets. To relieve boredom? To hit it big? When you can honestly answer this question, you may be on your way to successful futures trading.
Use a trading system, any system, and stick to it.
Apply money management techniques to your trading.
Do not overtrade.
Take a position only when you know where your profit goal is and where you are going to get out if the market goes against you.
Trade with the trends, rather than trying to pick tops and bottoms.
Don’t trade many markets with little capital.
Don’t just trade the volatile contracts.
Calculate the risk/reward ratio before putting a trade on, then guard against holding it too long.
Establish your trading plans before the market opening to eliminate emotional reactions. Decide on entry points, exit points, and objectives. Subject your decisions to only minor changes during the session. Profits are for those who act, not react. Don’t change during the session unless you have a very good reason.
Follow your plan. Once a position is established and stops are selected, do not get out unless the stop is reached or the fundamental reason for taking the position changes.
Use technical signals (charts) to maintain discipline – the vast majority of traders are not emotionally equipped to stay disciplined without some technical tools.
There are some magical numbers and sequences of numbers that have their prints in the nature. They were there in the first place because God who created the whole universe encoded them just like His signature or autograph. Now, we might wonder, why is these magical numbers so important in our discovering of the secrets of the stock market trading and investing business? The simple and quick answer to that question is that these numbers resonate and vibrate in the stock markets, commodity markets and forex just as they are found in the universe that we live in. This is true for any financial markets. Before you discredit my claim of the magical number pi (π) and its application in making money in financial markets, take a good look of Fibonacci. This magical sequence of numbers of Fibonacci that starts from 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, and etc, had been a very good technical indicator of when (time) and where (price) should the index futures reverses its trend. The number of pi (π) is so magical that its decimal portion is unique and there is no repetition of patterns. Just in case that some of you wonder what pi (π) is, it is a constant number where pi π = 3.1415926535897932384626433832795… The study of market cycles and market geometry uses pi (π) to pin-point the exact reversal date and price for stock markets and other financial markets. Here I present to you a video that sings out the magical number of pi (π).