Crude Oil Price: Eight-Day Losing Streak Broken (26/08/15)
Crude oil prices snapped an eight-day losing streak, pausing to consolidate above the $42/barrel figure having broken below January’s lows. The Brent contract is now hovering at the lowest levels since March 2012. The extent to which the slowdown may precede a rebound is unclear however absent the formation of a defined reversal signal. In the interim, the dominant directional bias remains bearish.
Near-termsupport is at 42.36, the 76.4% Fibonacci expansion, with a break below that on a daily closing basis exposing the 100% level at 39.67. Alternatively, a reversal above the 61.8% Fib at 44.03 opens the door for a challenge of the 45.17-38 area, marked by support-turned-resistance at the January 13 low and the 50% expansion.