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Oil’s $50 Psychological Level

May 27, 2016

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Oil’s $50 Psychological Level:
We’re back after being unable to get yesterday’s morning blog out. But hey, I’m sure you managed without us! 🙂

If you switched on the TV or flicked to a news website (nobody reads a physical newspaper anymore, right?) this morning then you would have seen a mention of the Oil price hitting $50 per barrel.

On Wednesday, our chart of the day featured the oil support/resistance zone.

OIL Daily:
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But one aspect that we didn’t speak about that has been hammered in the media is that Oil is also approaching this $50 level. One of the roundest numbers in the decimal system and one of the most significant psychological levels as a result.

Have you ever wondered why when you go to the supermarket, you see things priced for $9.95, rather than the fully rounded $10.00. This is because when you glance at the price, your brain automatically registers it as being ‘much cheaper’ than if you see something for a full $10.00. Even though in reality, the difference is negligible.

Well the same concept that retail uses to help you part with your hard earned can be applied to financial markets and the concept of psychological levels acting as support/resistance.

$50.00 per barrel sounds a lot more expensive than $49.95 per barrel.

Oil Price Google Search highlighting $50 psychological level

Type Oil into Google and look at the plethora of headlines featuring the magic $50 price. The perfect example showing why price would react here whether it looks significant on your charts or not.

OIL Hourly:
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With the $50 psych level acting as possible resistance, traders with a short bias will be looking to sell any re-test of either the zone itself, or previous intraday swing lows.

Pending how aggressive you are, the above chart shows the first such retest which you can manage your risk around.


Charts of the Day:
Speaking of psychological levels…

SPI200 Weekly:
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The 5400 level in the Australian SPI200 market is one that price is also having a hard time breaking out from.

SPI200 Daily:
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Always looking for a confluence to add to the argument, I’ve marked the 5400 level on the daily as well as the swing high that stands out just above.

If you haven’t incorporated indices trading into your overall strategy, the fact that so many markets are available to trade on MT4 with Vantage FX, makes now a great time to diversify.


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