WTI Crude – Price Reversal at Triangle Resistance

WTI Crude - Price Reversal at Triangle Resistance

WTI Crude Oil found support at 98.75 in the beginning of May and has been bullish throughout the month.

WTI Crude 4H
wti crude 5/29

After finding resistance at 104.50 last week, WTI Crude consolidated between 103.50 and 104.50. During the 5/28 session, price action formed a top in the 4H chart, and broke below a rising trendline seen in the 4H chart.

The 4H RSI also tagged 30, which shows not only a loss of bullish momentum, but possible start of bearish momentum. If there is a pullback during the 5/29 session and price stays south of 104 (central pivot of the 103.50-104.50 range), the bearish outlook will look even more attractive.

What context does this bearish outlook have in the broader view/higher time-frame?

WTI Crude Daily
WTI daily chart 5/28

The daily chart shows oil prices in a triangle formation since it tagged 105.00 in March. Note that there is no persistent bullish trend before the triangle (just a bullish swing), there is no strong bullish bias. In fact, before the bullish, swing there was a bearish swing from Nov. to Dec. 2013.

Given the neutral condition, we still should limit the bearish outlook to the triangle support. There is a pivot at 100.76, so the 100.80-101 area should come in focus if the price top seen in the 4H chart is respected.

A break above 105 will be needed to open up a bullish continuation scenario that opens up the 110-111 area.

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