Oil Market Update - back in buying territory after post-breakout correction...

originally published Monday, May 20, 2024

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With the main fundamental drivers for a higher oil price remaining in play, namely continuing strife in the Mid-East with the ongoing risk of flare ups and the growing risk of a dollar collapse, this looks like a good point to buy oil and oil related investments after the corrective phase of the past 5 weeks or so.

On the 8-month chart for Light Crude we can see how oil ran up in late March and early April following a breakout from a Head-and-Shoulders bottom. Then we saw what looks like a normal post-breakout reaction back to test the support at the top of the pattern with an intermediate base pattern forming in this support this month within which are a couple of “bull hammers” which are long-tailed bullish candles, which are more easily seen on shorter-term charts. This correction has more than fully unwound the earlier overbought condition and has put oil in position to advance anew soon.

Turning now to oil stocks we see on the 8-month chart for the XOI oil index that they had quite a strong runup on the back of the rise in the oil price in March and April but from early April we see that this index has reacted back in what looks like a classic bull Flag / Pennant that will lead to renewed advance. We can see that the duration of this corrective pattern has allowed time for the earlier heavily overbought condition shown by the MACD indicator to fully unwind, thus restoring upside potential, and for its bullishly aligned moving averages to partially catch up, thus creating the conditions for renewed advance. This therefore is believed to be a good time to buy selected oil stocks.

A good vehicle for playing renewed advance by the energy sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund, code XLE, and on its 8-month chart we see that it has corrected back over the past 5 weeks or so in sympathy with the sector to arrive at the lower rail of a powerful uptrend cannel, which has allowed time for its earlier heavily overbought condition to fully unwound. This correction is believed to be a bull Flag that will lead soon to another strong upleg, an interpretation that is given added weight by the fact that the Accumulation line has held up very well on the correction and is even on the point of making new highs even though the price has not yet broken out of the Flag. This is very bullish and so XLE is rated a strong buy here. Whilst XLE is not viewed as especially speculative in this environment, buyers here may want to place a stop some way beneath the lower rail of the channel or to reduce the risk of being shaken out before a big rally, it’s perhaps better to place a stop beneath the support level at approximately $90 - $91.50.

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Posted at 2.10 pm EDT on 20th May 24.

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