Crude oil attempts further recovery

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US crude oil (daily chart shown below) has been in a relatively steep ascent for the past month since the new six-year low around 42.00 was established in mid-March. That low dipped under the prior multi-year low of 43.60 that was hit in late January.

Having formed the two tentative bottoms in the first quarter of this year, crude oil has shown some signs of an attempt to recover from the prolonged plunge that has been in place for the past ten months.

This plunge brought oil prices down from an intermediate high of 107.65 in June of 2014 to the noted six-year low around 42.00 this March – a drop of more than 60%.



Last week, price action rose to a new 2015 high of 57.38, comfortably surpassing the previous 2015 high set in February and further bolstering its recovery attempts.

Any further rise and recovery has its next price target around the key 60.00 level. To the downside, tentative support on any pullback continues to reside around the 50.00 level, which is also in the current vicinity of the 50-day moving average.

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