WTI crude rises to highest since 2019 as it breaks $66

Oil on an absolute sizzler

Oil on an absolute sizzler

Oil has turned into the best trade of the year as stocks (particularly tech) continue to struggle.

OPEC+ delivered an incredible boost to the market yesterday and the earlier timeline on vaccines is providing a one-two punch.

Today’s rally breaks the January 2020 high of $65.65. That came after the US assassinated Iranian general Qasem Soleimani and Iran retaliated by launching rocket attacks at US bases in Iraq.

The next resistance level is the 2019 high of $60.60. Crude might be overdue for a pullback but if the market is tight, there’s nothing to trigger it. Oil is also so hated that spec positioning isn’t particularly long. In short, this is such a hated trade that I think it can continue to run if $60.60 breaks. In Brent, the 2019 high is way up at $76 so there’s more room to run there (spot at $69).

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By Jonathan Prop

Jonathan Prop is an independent financial advisor. He has been working in finance for the last 20 years. After retiring early in his 40s, Jonathan decided to help others get to grip with financial markets, particularly his area of expertise - forex!

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