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  • Bears are testing trendline support with 54 and then the 52 psychological targets in mind.  
  • Saudi production, waning tensions in the Middle East and trade wars weigh on price.

The price of oil was lower again on Friday, with West Texas Intermediate crude travelling from a high of $56.75 to a low of $54.79 and ending the day down -0.80%. Prior to the cash close, WTI crude for November delivery has dropped lost 50 cents, or 0.9%, to settle at $55.91 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  

The partial cease-fire between Saudi and Yemen continues to see the geopolitical risk premium priced out of markets and for the week, futures prices for the front-month contract ended 3.8% lower.  

“Reports that Saudi Arabia is ahead of schedule in restoring its output capacity continues to help crude oil prices weaken sharply lower,” analysts at TD Securities explained, adding:

“We continue to acknowledge that Saudi incentives are aligned to understate the impact of the attacks, but reports of its speedy recovery, when combined with sustained fears of waning demand growth, present a bleak macro picture for crude bulls.”

Trade talks continue  to weigh

At the same time, the U.S. is considering limits on investor portfolio flows into China pressured prices, contributing to a loss of nearly 4% for the week considering that rising trade tensions between China and the US would hurt energy demand.

Oil levels:

In today’s price action bears closed below the 50-daily moving average again and pierced the trendline support which guards space all the way back to the 54 and then the 52 psychological targets.    Bulls will need to gather demand back above the 21-DMA to open prospects for the 59 handle that will then bring in the April highs at 66.58 on the wide as a target.