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Crude Enters Second Weakest Month on a Down Note


Light Crude fell sharply on the last trading day of October and ended the month down. Crude even poked its head above $52 twice during the month, but fell sharply the last two weeks of October and ended below $47. This reversal of fortune is especially interesting when we look at the seasonality chart for crude. October and November were the two weakest months over the last 20 years. October finished higher just 35% of the time and November finished higher 42% of the time. Moreover, the average loss was 3.1% in October and 3.4% in November. It is also interesting to note that December is not a good month for oil either. Even though crude was higher 58% of the time, the average gain was actually a loss (-1.1%). 

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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