. Oil rises on U.S. crude stocks data, tight supply outlook

Oil rises on U.S. crude stocks data, tight supply outlook

18 Aug 2022

Brent Crude Oil Future’s is trading up 2.10% at 94.52

Oil prices rose on Thursday as robust U.S. fuel consumption data and expected falls in Russian supply late in the year offset concerns that a possible looming recession could undercut demand.

Brent crude futures climbed $1.43, or 1.5%, to $95.08 a barrel by 0900 GMT. U.S. crude futures gained $1.15, or 1.3%, to $89.26 a barrel.

Prices rose more than 1% during the previous session, although Brent at one point fell to its lowest since February.

Futures have fallen over the past few months, as investors have pored over economic data that has spurred concerns about a potential recession that could hurt energy demand.

British consumer price inflation jumped to 10.1% in July, its highest since February 1982, intensifying a squeeze on households.

China’s refining output remained lacklustre in July as strict COVID-19 lockdowns and fuel export controls curbed production.

Supporting prices, U.S. crude stocks fell by 7.1 million barrels in the week to Aug. 12, Energy Information Administration (EIA) data showed, against expectations for a 275,000-barrel drop, as exports hit 5 million barrels per day (bpd), the highest on record.

Bans by the European Union on Russian seaborne crude in December and on products imports early next year could dramatically tighten supply and drive-up prices, analysts warn.

For now, however, Russia has started to gradually increase oil production after sanctions-related curbs and as Asian buyers have increased purchases, leading Moscow to raise its forecasts for output and exports until the end of 2025, an economy ministry document reviewed by Reuters showed.

On technical fronts Brent Crude Oil Future’s RSI stood at 42.20 and currently it is trading above 5 days MA & below 20 and 50 days MA. So, SELL position can be taken with following target and stoploss:

TRADE SIGNAL – : Brent Crude Oil Future’s – SELL: 94.46, TARGET: 92.66, STOP LOSS : 95.34