Just as oil looked poised to break out and run, Covid-19 realities sunk in as demand fear started to raise its ugly head. A surge in cases in India and an announcement that Prime Minister Modi was going to give a speech addressing the issue caused oil bulls to panic.
Oil prices are fluctuating in a bull flag mode as Joe Biden's foreign policy is adding to global risk factors, along with a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in southern Iran that’s damaged a critical oil facility and disrupted production.
Oil bulls are back, and strong oil demand numbers have put bulls back in the driver's seat. Not only did we see encouraging data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), but from the U.S. Department of Transportation, as well.
Since the break of the sharp oil uptrend, prices have whipsawed, driven by headlines and fear; fear of rising Covid-19 cases that may hurt demand and fear that the Biden administration’s infrastructure plan may never pass.