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  • WTI futures hover around the 200-day SMA
  • Failure to edge higher might lead to a double top
  • Oscillators suggest intensifying positive momentum

WTI oil futures (April delivery) have been staging a comeback following their break above the 50-day simple moving average (SMA) in early February. However, the recovery seems to be on hold for now as the 200-day SMA has been curbing the price’s upside.

Given that both the RSI and MACD are tilted to the upside, the bulls might attack 79.61, which is the 50.0% retracement of the 64.20-95.02 upleg. Further advances could then stall around the 38.2% Fibo of 83.25. Surpassing that zone, the price could ascend to face the 23.6% Fibo of 87.75.

On the flipside, if sellers re-emerge and push the price back below the 200-day SMA, initial support could be found at 61.8% Fibo of 75.97. Lower, the November bottom of 72.40 could act as the next line of defence. A violation of that zone could set the stage for the 78.6% Fibo of 70.80.

In brief, WTI oil futures’ recovery has stalled as the price has been trading sideways around the 200-day SMA in the past few sessions. Therefore, a clear jump above the latter is needed for the short-term rebound to resume.

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