Crude Oil Price Bottom, Forecast to Double Before End of 2016Commodities / Crude Oil Feb 22, 2016 - 06:23 AM GMT
The crude oil price last close of $32 stands $6 higher than its recent multi-year bear market low of $26. Whilst little has changed fundamentally so far in terms of supply i.e. OPEC and others are still pumping flat out and Iran continues to ramp up production, nevertheless demand destruction of many smaller oil producers operating at below break even prices is finally starting to be discounted by the market.
However, from a technical perspective there is little sign on the price chart in terms of a higher high or bottom to confirm that the oil price has actually bottomed. The only thing of significance so far is the fact that the MACD has clearly turned higher signaling that multi-month up trend is probable.
Crude Oil Price Trend Forecast 2016
it is now over 1 month since I published my forecast expectations for the crude oil price to bottom early February 2016 at approx $25, the actual bottom came in at $26 and within the time window for a final bear market bottom as excerpted below. Therefore with the crude oil price showing little deviation from the trend forecast thu far then this implies that the crude oil price should now target a DOUBLING off of its low price of $26 and therefore trend towards at least $52 before the end of this year.
Crude Oil Price 2016 Forecast Conclusion
My forecast conclusion is for the crude oil price to trade within three distinct trading ranges for 2016 of $20 to $40, $35 to $50 and $62 to $40. Furthermore the trend pattern imposed onto the trading ranges implies that a bottom is likely by early February 2016 at around $25, followed by a trend higher into Mid year towards $50, a correction into September, followed by a trend towards $62 before succumbing to a correction during December to target an end year price of approx $48 as illustrated by the following forecast graph.
The bottom line is that the current the oil price collapse is a wake up call to all major oil producers that crude oil as an energy source is running out of time. So whilst there may be future oil price spikes, however the long-term trend, given the likes of climate change is for the oil age to go the way of previous ages such as the Stone Age and Bronze age and so it will be for the oil age. Which means nations such as Saudi Arabia, regardless of price understand they need to get as much of their oil out of the ground as possible and sold off before they run out of customers!
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