<p>WTI crude oil settled at $89.01, up 47 cents on the day.</p><p>That’s a win for the bulls but certainly not the kind of bounce they were hoping for after yesteday’s breakdown below $90. It wasn’t all bad news though as crude showed some life after a drop to as low as $87.01. </p><p>On the fundamental side, the strong US jobs report undermines the idea that a recession will sap oil demand. The US added 528,000 jobs in July, more than double what economists were expecting.</p><p>Still, it was one of the worst weeks for oil this year. It fell $10 from last Friday’s close and is now up just $10 on the year. Technically, the daily and weekly closes were below a series of March/April lows. The period of consolidation over most of the year has now resolved lower.</p><p>The open question in the week ahead is what is going on with US gasoline demand. I wrote about it here: <a href=”https://www.forexlive.com/news/the-data-thats-driving-the-rout-in-oil-prices-is-barely-believable-20220804/” target=”_blank”>The data that’s driving the rout in oil prices is barely believable</a>. It’s something that oil bulls are talking about non-stop and even made its way to <a href=”https://www.zerohedge.com/commodities/very-crooked-numbers-biden-admin-accused-fabricating-gas-demand-data-hammer-price-oil” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>ZeroHedge</a>.</p>
This article was written by Adam Button at www.forexlive.com.