In early Wednesday trading, crude has dropped below $96.50, and has blown through most major support levels below $100 just this week. The next major level of support comes in at $94.75.
Traders await the second report coming from the Energy Information Administration this week. The prior report was delayed until Monday, but this one will be at its regularly scheduled time of 10:30 a.m. EDT Wednesday. The prior report showed that crude inventories rose 4 million barrels in the week ending Oct. 11, which was well above analyst expectations. With inventories building week after week—and this being accompanied by a hit in growth caused by the government shutdown—the path of least resistance remains lower.
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The high in early Wednesday trading is $98.29, and only a close back above here will put a halt to the immediate-term bearishness. A close below the $97.61 to $97.78 level will keep this bear leg fully intact, as it looks like $90 could come in as a psychological support. But at this pace, a trade down to $90 shouldn't shock anyone.