In the previous week, crude oil moved higher once again and re-tested the strength of the key resistance zone.
Despite this improvement, oil bulls didn’t manage to hold gained levels, which resulted in another invalidation of earlier breakouts. What happened at the same time with oil stocks? Will they follow crude oil’s moves in the coming weeks? Let’s jump right into charts (chart courtesy of http://stockcharts.com) and find out what can we infer from them.
Let’s start today’s article with the long-term chart of oil stocks.
Looking at the monthly chart, we see that oil bulls push the XOI higher in the previous month, which resulted in invalidation of the breakdown under the long-term black resistance line. This positive signal triggered further improvement and oil stocks increased slightly above the upper border of the blue declining trend channel
Despite this improvement, oil bulls didn’t manage to hold gained levels, which resulted in a decline under this important resistance line. Earlier this month, we saw similar price action, but the index dropped once again, invalidating earlier breakout. This is a bearish signal, which suggests further deterioration and (at least) a test of the previously-broken black long-term support/resistance line (currently around 1,070) in the coming weeks.
Finishing today’s commentary on the long-term picture, we would also like to draw your attention to the current position of the monthly indicators. As you see, we saw similar signals at the beginning of Feb 2015. Back then, they didn’t trigger significant upward move, which suggests that they are not reliable enough.