Oil traded flat Monday as desperate hopes for Greece to avoid a near-term bankruptcy brightened the outlook for oil demand from Europe, while violent protests in Egypt reignited supply concern.

The Euro Politicians are yet again due to try to hammer out a deal to get international lenders to release emergency aid to Greece before its next debt repayments.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she was confident a deal could be reached, while the French finance minister said an agreement was close.

German business sentiment surprised with a rise in November, breaking a six-month run of declines. The closely watched Munich-based Ifo think tank said its business climate index rose to 101.4, beating forecasts.

However, a regional Spanish election which favored separatist parties raised concern about a negative impact on the Spanish economy and its fiscal conditions, and in turn, oil demand.

On Friday, the contract rose 90 cents to close at $88.28 a barrel on the Nymex after Israeli troops fired on crowds in Gaza surging toward a border fence, killing one Palestinian.

Prior to the shooting, oil prices had been falling, thanks mostly to optimism that the cease-fire agreement between the two sides would prevent a broader conflict in the region that could disrupt crude supplies. The truce was struck last Wednesday to end to an eight-day Israeli offensive against Gaza militants who had fired rockets into Israel, but remains fragile.

Economist and Hedge Fund Manager Shayne Heffernan of www.livetradingnews.com takes a look at the Charts.

Pivot: 87.40
Shayne Heffernan Recommends: LONG positions above 87.4 with 88.6 & 89.15 in sight.

Beware: The downside penetration of 87.4 will call for a slide towards 86.2 & 85.15.

Comment: technically, the RSI is above its neutrality area at 50.

Green Lines Represent Resistance | Red Represent Support Levels | Light Blue is a Pivot Point | Black represents the price when the report was produced.

Shayne Heffernan

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