U.S. oil futures are plunging and threatening to knife below a key line in the sand
Crude-oil prices plunged Friday midday, putting the commodity on the brink of sliding below a closely followed trend line, with oil futures taking a beating on news that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and Russia are considering lifting production caps. Most recently, June oil futures CLN8, -4.41% were recently down 4.3% at $67.67 a barrel, just above its 50-day moving average at $67.54, according to FactSet data. Market technicians sometimes use moving averages as a dividing line between bullish and bearish momentum in an asset. West Texas Intermediate crude oil trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange--the U.S. benchmark--hasn't broken below its 50-day moving average since early April. To be sure, oil has been a strong performer, of late, last week hitting a 3 1/2-year peak and rising 6.6% over the past three months, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, -0.34% is down 2.2% over the same period and the S&P 500 index SPX, -0.36% has lost 1%.