Crude oil has been trading sideways for the past year between the 2011 high and low. The trading range through 2012 has been contracting with a series of lower-highs and higher-lows. Because this pennant formation is taking place after an uptrend is a bullish pattern with $110 and possibly even $140+ per barrel in the next 6-18 months.
If you look at the weekly investing chart of crude oil the key support and resistance levels area clearly marked. A breakout of the white pennant will trigger a move to the next support or resistance level. And judging from the positive economic numbers not only form the United States but globally the odds are increased for the $110+ price target to be reached sooner than later.
Crude Oil Price Chart – Weekly Investing
Crude Oil Price Chart – Daily short term Analysis & Target
If we zoom into the daily chart and analyze price and volume, you will notice the $100 per barrel level is potentially only 2-3 days way… But keep in mind whole numbers (decade & century numbers) naturally act as support and resistance levels. So when the $100 price is reached, there will be a wave of sellers with fat thumbs who will slam the price back down to the $96 and possibly back down to the $92 level before oil continues higher.