By Nadia Simmons

Although crude oil increased after the market’s open, approaching Thursday’s high, the commodity gave up some gains in the following hours weakened by the strengthening U.S. dollar. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude closed another day under the resistance line. Will it be strong enough to stop oil bulls in the coming days?

Although Friday’s Baker Hughes’ report showed that the number of active U.S. oil rigs dropped by 8 to 343, posting a fifth consecutive week of declines, the strengthening U.S. dollar pushed the commodity lower, making light crude less attractive for buyers holding other currencies. As a result, crude oil closed another day under the resistance line based on the previous highs. Will it be strong enough to stop oil bulls in the coming days? Let’s examine charts and try to answer this question.

WTIC - the daily chart

Looking at the daily chart, we see that although crude oil moved little higher after the market’s open, oil bulls didn’t manage to push the commodity above the Thursday’s high, which resulted in a pullback. With this move, light crude slipped under the black resistance line based on the previous high and closed another day below it, which increases the importance of this line.

Will it be strong enough to stop further rally? From today’s point of view, we see that this black line is slightly below the solid resistance zone, which suggests that reversal and lower values of light crude are just around the corner. Why? We think that the best answer to this question will be quotes from our Thursday’s alert:

(…) In our previous assumption, we wrote that the first wave and the potential fifth wave are quite similar in terms of length and time. Nevertheless, as it turned out, the recent rally pushed crude oil to a new peak, suggesting that the fifth wave may be about 161.8% greater than the first wave. If this is the case, we may see another upswing even to around $44.83 in the coming days (additionally, if we consider the last upward move (since Apr 5) we can also discern five waves). At this point it is worth noting that in this area (around $45-$45.60) is also the red resistance zone created by the 76.4% and 78.6% Fibonacci retracement levels based on the Oct-Feb downward move, which could encourage oil bears to act.

Once we know the above, we would like to draw your attention to Fibonacci extensions based on earlier pullbacks. Firstly, when we consider the downward move from mid-March high of $42.49 to Apr low of $35.24, we see that the first important extension (127.2%) is around $44.46. Secondly, when we analyze extensions based on the recent decline (from $43.69 to $39), we notice that the 127.2% extension is around $44.96. Connecting the dots, both extensions are very close to current levels and the red resistance zone, which increases the likelihood of reversal in the coming day(s).

On top of that, there are negative divergences between the CCI, the Stochastic Oscillator and the price of the commodity, which could be an additional signal for oil bears.

(…) we would also like to comment the current situation in the oil-to-gold and oil-to-silver ratios.

the oil-to-gold ratio - the daily chart

Looking at the above chart, we see that the ratio reached the red resistance zone created by the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement (based on the Oct-Feb downward move) and the 200-day moving average. As you see several times in the past, this important moving average was strong enough to stop further improvement (even if we saw small and very short-lived breakouts above it), which increases the probability of reversal in the coming day(s). Additionally, there are bearish divergences between the CCI, Stochastic Oscillator and the ratio, which may be another factor that will encourage oil bears to action in near future.

On top of that when we zoom out our picture, we notice one more interesting fact.

the oil-to-gold ratio - the weekly chart

From this perspective, we see that the ratio reached the medium-term red declining resistance line, which is another pro-bearish factor, which could trigger a reversal in near future.

(…) let’s focus on the relationship between black gold and silver.

the oil-to-silver ratio - weekly chart

The first thing that catches the eye on the above chart is negative divergence between the ratio and the price of crude oil. When we took a closer look at the chart we noticed similar situation in the previous year. Back then, such price action preceded declines in the commodity, which suggests that history may repeat itself once again – especially when we factor in the proximity to the long-term red declining resistance line and high reading of the Stochastic Oscillator.

Conclusion

Although crude oil moved higher once again, oil bulls didn’t manage to push the commodity above the previous high, which resulted in a drop under the black resistance line based on the previous highs. Taking this fact into account, and combining it with the proximity to the red resistance zone (marked on the daily chart), the current situation in the oil-to-gold and oil-to-silver rations, negative divergences between indicators and the price of crude oil (and also between indicators and the value of both ratios) we believe that the space for gains seems limited and reversal in the coming week is very likely.