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Oil price volatility picked up with rising oil demand fears as the Delta variant rapidly spreads.

And with oil inventory data hitting the wires soon, the short-term downtrend is one to watch for a potential short-term setup in the Asia and London session.

Before moving on, ICYMI, today’s Daily U.S. Session Watchlist looked at a break-and-retest setup on EUR/NZD, so be sure to check that out to see if there is still a potential play!

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Upcoming Potential Catalysts on the Economic Calendar

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What to Watch: Oil

Crude Oil Futures 1-Hour Chart
Crude Oil Futures 1-Hour Chart

Oil hits the top of the watchlist today as it tends to be a short-term mover on the weekly oil inventories report.

This week, expectations are for a smaller drawdown than the previous drawdown of -1.05M barrels, and if so, that could spark a slightly bearish reaction in the price of oil.

Even as this data series shows that inventories are shedding barrels on net every week, it’s been at a slowing pace through the last four weeks, with even one week in July showing an inventory increase.

Traders could take this as a signal confirming a slowing demand for oil and continue to put pressure on the commodity in the short term.

In terms of price action, the market has recently bounced after hitting the July lows just above the $65.00 handle. Traders took the market back up to the $69.00 handle in today’s session, and the question now is whether or not this strong area of interest will draw in sellers of the new trend lower.

We can see a couple of bearish arguments (e.g., bearish divergence, previously strong resistance) that suggests short-term technical trend traders may take a bearish shot at the very least.

We’ll be watching the $69.00 – $70.00 area for bearish reversal patterns if the upcoming oil inventory data comes in weaker-than-expected.

If that scenario plays out and broad risk sentiment continues to lean negative on Delta variant worries or the U.S. dollar sees strength off tapering speculation, a move to the $66.00 handle is not out of the question within one session given the average daily true range of around $2.28.