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Why the Crude Oil Price Collapsed to $50

Commodities / Crude Oil Nov 28, 2018 - 04:54 PM GMT

By: Nadeem_Walayat

Commodities

From a high of $77 barely 6 weeks ago the crude oil price has been on a relentless downwards slide, slicing through key support levels all the way to a new low for the year of just $50! A move that NO ONE saw coming! With the key triggering price point coming late October when the oil price failed to hold support at $64.


Firstly, a reminder of my forecast expectations for the year which were the for the oil price to target a trend to $80, that came within touching distance of achieving early October.

Crude Oil Forecast 2018

01 Jan 2018 - Crude Oil Achieves $60 Forecast Expectations for 2017, $80 Next?

Oil is clearly in a bull market and thus I expect the bullish trend to continue and would not be surprised if we see crude oil break above $80 during the year!

My update of late February reaffirmed the $80 target despite the then deep 15% drop.

27 Feb 2018 - Crude Oil Price Trend Forecast for March 2018

CONCLUSION

Therefore the crude oil price appears likely to remain within a trading range for the next month or so with-in the high of $67 and a low of $58. Thus given that the oil price is currently at $64 is near resistant then the oil price should soon reverse lower to target $58 which is likely to be the trend for most of March 2018 before the next assault on the high as my longer term 2018 forecast for a $80 crude oil price remains in tact.

With my last look at the oil price of late September concluding:

Therefore my forecast remains as at the start of the year that the crude oil price will target a trend to $80 which is not likely to be achieved during late December / early January 2019 as so far it is not showing any signs of wanting to breakdown into the lower end of its trend channel the consequences of which would be it would take a lot longer to get to $80.

So what happened to the oil price to turn a volatile bull market into a nose bleed drop bear market during October. Why did the oil price fail to hold support at $60 -$64, a clue being that the oil price is not behaving in a technically sound manner.

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