Since the beginning of the pandemic till this day, Oil price projections have been one of the most anticipated instruments in the financial markets.
Crude oil futures reached prices below 0 level for the first time in history in April 2020. After that crude oil prices started retracing to the upside as demand increased due to the initiation of the vaccination phase.
Logically, as demand (Figure 1) started to increase with businesses reopening and Covid restrictions easing in most countries, Oil prices were projected to start increasing.
Figure 1: Source TradingView WTI Crude Oil prices
Major global banks projected the crude oil prices to reach $100/Barrel within the year 2021, However, these projections were analyzed taking into consideration that OPEC+ might increase supply.
Yet to this day, the OPEC+ still didn’t issue a supply increase order to tackle the increases in Oil Prices. Due to the above reasons, the current Russian/Ukrainian War, and the U.S. administration banning Russian oil imports, crude Oil prices hiked further-reaching prices exceeding $126/Barrel.
However, after that, we witnessed sharp decreases in prices, backed by the release of the SPR by the Biden Administration, which pumped more Oil into the market, and also because negotiations between Russia and Ukraine started.
This drop was technically signaled by the Head and Shoulders formation which in this case in specific was successfully triggering the Crude Oil prices downwards (Figure 2).
Figure 2: Source TradingView WTI Crude Oil prices
As also seen in the above chart (Figure 2), Crude Oil prices witnessed a major Price Support line, which was proven to be strong due to the respected upward trendline and the strong demand Zone.
On another hand, the negotiations did not prove to be positive yet, and the U.S. Administration issued further sanctions on Russia.
Currently, prices are testing 2 major Supply and Demand Zones, being at approximately $113 and $104 per barrel consecutively.
In order to possibly project the future movements of Crude Oil prices, we should focus on 4 major points, and they are the following:
- Russian – Ukrainian Negotiations
- OPEC+ supply orders
- Breakout from Demand or Supply Zone (Stated Above)
- Possibility of Europe to ban Russian oil imports
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Given all the above-mentioned reasons, will the Oil prices reach $200/barrel by end of the year 2022 as projected by major investment banks? Or did the speculators already price in most of the news?