EXXON Mobile/BRENT: Technical Analysis – A correction is possible in oil market

December 5, 2017

By IFCMarkets

A correction is possible in oil market

In this review, we suggest considering the personal composite instrument (PCI) “Exxon Mobil Stocks versus BRENT Oil”. It reflects the price change dynamics of the stocks of American Exxon Mobil Corporation against the Brent oil deliverable futures. Will the XOM_Brent quotes increase?

This may happen in case of an outpacing increase in the value of Exxon Mobil stocks in comparison with oil quotes. It may be contributed by the company’s positive earnings report. ExxonMobil’s net profit according to the 9-month results of 2017 increased by 1.8 compared to the same period of 2016 reaching $11.33 bln. In the Q3 of 2017, the growth in hydrocarbon production was only 1.8% in comparison with the Q3 of 2016, and the net profit increased by 1.5 to $3.97 bln. ExxonMobil’s quarterly revenue was the highest in 2 years and amounted to $64.4 bln. It should be noted that the company’s plans to merge refining and marketing divisions into a separate company- ExxonMobil Fuels & Lubricants Company, are a certain risk for the XOM_Brent PCI. However, this may already be accounted by the market. Since early 2017, the ExxonMobil stocks have dropped by 7.5%, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average, in which they are included, has increased by 22.6% over the same period. It should be noted that Brent oil may well correct down after the OPEC decision to extend the output cut in accordance with traders’ “buy rally, sell fact” saying. From a fundamental point of view, a significant increase in the US production contributes to the decline in oil quotes. At current prices, the development of the US shale fields is becoming more attractive.


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On the daily timeframe, XOM_Brent: D1 has approached the resistance line of the downtrend. Naturally, it has to exceed the resistance line before opening a Buy position. Further price increase is possible in case of the correction of oil quotes and positive information from ExxonMobil company.

  • The Parabolic indicator gives a bullish signal.
  • The Bollinger bands are narrowing, which means lower volatility.
  • The RSI indicator is above 50. It has formed a positive divergence.
  • The MACD indicator gives a bullish signal.

The bullish momentum may develop in case XOM_Brent exceeds the last fractal high at 0.604. This level may serve as an entry point. The initial stop loss may be placed below the last fractal low, the Parabolic signal and the 2.5-year low at 0.57. After opening the pending order, we shall move the stop to the next fractal low following the Bollinger and Parabolic signals. Thus, we are changing the potential profit/loss to the breakeven point. More risk-averse traders may switch to the 4-hour chart after the trade and place there a stop loss moving it in the direction of the trade. If the price meets the stop level at 0.57 without reaching the order at 0.604, we recommend cancelling the position: the market sustains internal changes that were not taken into account.

Summary of technical analysis

Position Buy
Buy stop above 0,604
Stop loss below 0,57

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