Nymex crude oil fell below $90 per barrel for the first time in 17 month last week amid signs of a supply glut, and charts suggest further downside.
Prices dropped amid signs that supply will outpace slowing demand from China and Europe. In September, the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its 2015 oil demand forecast by 165,000 barrels per day. Meanwhile, the IEA forecast U.S. oil production to reach its highest level since 1970 next year, while Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, cut prices for its crude oil last week amid slack demand.
Nymex oil has been trading in a broad band between $88 and $110. The weekly chart shows an uptrend starting June 2012 – trend line A, which starts near $81. Trend line A connects the lows in November 2012 and the low in April 2013 – three anchor points for the uptrend line. The rebound in 2014 January confirms the position of trend line A, which is a steady, slow-moving uptrend.