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How to Trade Oil ETFs When $100 Per Barrel Is Reached


Just because a commodity isn't under the direct spotlight doesn't mean you can't trade it or make money from it.

Crude oil was the commodity to trade back in 2007-2008 when prices rocketed above $145 per barrel then dropped like a rock all the way back down to $35 per barrel leaving many investors and traders either greatly rewarded or dead broke.

Since then the focus of the world has moved to gold and silver as currencies spiral out of control; there are more and more reasons why individuals and entire countries should focus on owning physical metals rather than eroding currencies.

Just because a commodity is not under the direct spotlight, however, does not mean you can't trade it or make money from it. With that said, here is my analysis on how to trade oil if $100 per barrel is reached in the coming trading days.

Let's take a look at the charts.

Long Term Weekly Oil Futures Chart

Here you can see how oil is trading round the $100 level. When the price is trading below it, then $100 will act as resistance; and when oil is above, then it becomes support.

Intermediate Term Daily Oil Trading Chart:

This is more of a close-up look at oil and the $100 price point. Notice how oil has moved higher for an entire month without any real pullbacks, and that it has a clean support trend line underneath. If oil sees some big sellers step in here at the $100-$104 level then I expect the green support trend line to be broken. If that takes place, oil could quickly and easily drop back down to the $90-$92 area.

How to Trade Oil Using an Oil ETF

This chart shows a long (bullish) oil ETF along with its price by volume levels. I like to review the price by volume analysis from time to time when nearing a major support or resistance level on a chart. For those who have difficulty finding support and resistance levels, this indicator/volume analysis tool will take most of your guesswork out of the equation.

To make a long story short, the longer the volume bars on the left side of the chart are, the more people either bought or sold crude oil at that price. Keep in mind that it does not matter if they bought or sold here… the key to remember is that there are a lot of new positions here and that is where people exit their positions at breakeven because they held such a large drawdown over the past few months and just want their money back.

Most traders and investors who trade off pure emotions (fear/greed) would have held a losing position through the August-October selloff and are now going to be more than happy to exit the trade at breakeven and move on to the next emotional roller coaster. It's this type of trading that allows the non-emotional traders who thrive off of price action and mass psychology to catch price swings in the oil market.

The chart below clearly shows that oil is entering into resistance level and a pullback is becoming more likely each day. Those looking for an ETF on how to trade oil should look at buying (SCO). This oil ETF goes up in value when oil loses value.

How to Trade Oil and Oil ETFs Conclusion

In short, oil is becoming overbought, meaning it has moved up too far too fast and should have some profit taking shortly. Due to the fact that oil is reaching a century number ($100) I feel there will be a couple days of selling starting soon. Traders looking to play this support trendline breakdown should look at trading the SCO ETF.

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