FXStreet (Edinburgh) - Crude oil prices are recovering the smile today, trading on a better mood and extending the bounce off session lows in the $30.60 area per barrel. WTI stronger despite USD-buying Auspicious results from the Chinese trade balance during December have somewhat alleviated fears of a slowdown in the economy, boosting commodities and the rest of the riskier assets. The barrel of West Texas Intermediate has managed to retake the $31.00 mark in spite of the current environment favouring the greenback, albeit it has lost some upside momentum in the $31.50/55 band. WTI levels to watch At the moment the barrel of WTI is up 3.15 % at $31.43 facing the next hurdle at $35.20 (20-day sma) ahead of $38.39 (high Jan.4) and then $40.95 (downtrend from $50.92). On the flip side, a breach of $29.93 (low Jan.12) would aim for $29.66 (monthly low Dec.2003) and finally $28.47 (monthly low Nov.2003). For more information, read our latest forex news.