Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Crude Oil Should Open Higher Wednesday, Lower Prices Still Likely Near Term


May crude oil closed higher on Tuesday due to short covering but remains below the 20 day moving average crossing at 49.53.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Wednesday.

Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If May extends Monday's decline, the reaction low crossing at 43.74 is the next downside target.

Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 51.78 would temper the near term bearish outlook.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 52.25.
Second resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 54.66.

First support is today's low crossing at 47.77.
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 43.74.

And since the crude-dollar trade seems to be on......

The June Dollar closed lower on Tuesday due to profit taking as it consolidates some of Monday's rally but remains above the 10 day moving average. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If June extends this week's rally, the 20 day moving average crossing at 86.71 is the next upside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 86.71 would confirm that a short term low has been posted.

Closes below the weekly uptrend line crossing near 83.00 would confirm that a major top in the Dollar has been posted while opening the door for a larger degree decline this spring.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 86.61.
Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 86.71.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 84.79.
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 83.14.

Oil Rises on Stock Rally, Caps Biggest Monthly Gain Since May


"Oil Rises on Stock Rally, Caps Biggest Monthly Gain Since May"
Crude oil rose, heading for its biggest monthly gain since May, as equities increased and a weaker dollar enhanced the appeal of commodities. Oil climbed as much as 3.3 percent after U.S. and European stocks rebounded....Complete Story

SocGen Technical Analyst Says "Oil May Fall to $28 a Barrel"
Crude oil is set to drop to $28 a barrel in New York in the second quarter, according to technical analysis by Societe Generale SA. Prices may rally until meeting resistance at $71 a barrel and....Complete Story

"Petrobras Invests Heavily in Offshore Drilling"
With massive deepwater finds in the pre-salt layer, as well as the Campos and Santos Basins, Brazilian state-owned Petrobras pledged an investment of $174.4 billion for 2009 to 2013. With a firm commitment to....Complete Story

"Kuwait Raises Oil Output Capacity"
OPEC member Kuwait has boosted its oil production capacity to three million barrels per day and aims to raise it to four million by 2020, a top oil executive said on Monday. "We have the capability to....Complete Story

Is The Move In Crude Oil Over?


Crude oil plays such an integral part in our lives whether we care to admit it or not. This one source of energy drives the US economy and indeed the world’s economy.

So what’s ahead for the new black gold? After seeing this market move to its best levels in some time, we have seen a sharp pullback from the recent highs as the crude oil market appears to be mimicking the equity markets.

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Crude Oil Prices Higher On Short Covering Overnight


May crude oil was higher due to short covering overnight as it consolidates some of Monday's decline but remains below the 20 day moving average crossing at 49.53.

Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If May extends Monday's decline, the reaction low crossing at 43.74 is the next downside target.

Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 51.79 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 49.53.
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 51.80.

First support is Monday's low crossing at 48.11.
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 44.72.

4:30 PM ET. Mar 27 API Oil Industry Report

....................Crude Stocks (Net Change) (previous +4.58M)

....................Gasoline Stocks (Net Change) (previous -805K)

....................Distillate Stocks (Net Change) (previous -1.58M)

....................Refinery Runs (previous 82.1%)

Monday, March 30, 2009

Crude Oil Falls Most in Four Weeks as Equities Tumble, Dollar Strengthens


"Iraqi Oil Company Issues Tender To Drill 45 Wells in South Rumaila"
The South Oil Company, an affiliate of the Iraqi Oil Ministry, has issued a new tender to drill 45 oil wells in the country's southern fields in a bid to address a sharp fall in southern oil production, the oil ministry said in its Web site....Complete Story

"Crude Oil Falls Most in Four Weeks as Equities Tumble, Dollar Strengthens"
Crude oil fell the most in four weeks as tumbling equity markets signaled that the recession in major energy-consuming countries may deepen, curbing fuel use....Complete Story

"Austria’s OMV Eyes Emirate’s Oil"
After more than a decade as a partner in Abu Dhabi’s main petrochemicals venture, OMV, Austria’s biggest oil company, is ready to branch into oil and gas production in the emirate....Complete Story

Crude Oil Moving South, Hinting That Short Term High Is In


Pre market Monday morning May crude oil was already down 1.85 breaking through 1st support of 51.83. May crude oil closed lower on Friday due to profit taking as it consolidated some of this month's rally. The low range close set the stage for the lower opening we will get today.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 48.97 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at 58.31 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Thursday's high crossing at 54.66.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at 58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 51.83.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 48.97.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Russia To Become China's Biggest Energy Supplier? Active Oil Rigs In The U.S. Drops By 46


"Oil Falls as Dollar's Gain Against the Euro Reduces Appeal of Commodities"
Crude oil in New York fell the most in two weeks as the dollar’s gain against the euro reduced the appeal of commodities to investors and stock markets declined....Complete Story

"Goldman Sachs Says Oil Rally Vulnerable as Demand Drops, Contango Widens"
Oil’s rally to a four-month high is vulnerable to a correction because near-term demand for crude isn’t yet strong enough to support a sustained advance, Goldman Sachs Group Inc. said....Complete Story

"Russia Capable of Becoming China's Biggest Energy Supplier"
Russia is fully capable of becoming the biggest energy supplier for China in upcoming 15 years," Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Zhukov said here Friday. Zhukov made the remarks in addressing the China-Russia Investment Forum....Complete Story

"Number Of Active Oil Rigs Drops By 46"
The number of rigs actively exploring for oil and natural gas in Wyoming fell by two this past week. Nationally, the number of such rigs in the United States dropped by 46 this week to 1,039....Complete Story

Friday, March 27, 2009

Crude Oil Trading Signals May Be Turning Bearish


May crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Friday as it consolidated some of this month's rally. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 48.97 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at 58.31 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Thursday's high crossing at 54.66.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at 58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 51.83.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 48.97.

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Crude Oil Looks To Open Lower


May crude oil closed higher on Thursday as it extends this month's rally. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at 58.31 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 48.67 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is today's high crossing at 54.66.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at 58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 51.27.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 48.67.

Pre market crude oil is already trading down in the 52.69 area. We are going short for a scalp trade against the trend as we look for crude oil to follow the SP 500 down at the opening. Don't get stuck in this trade, we will probably take our profits at the 10 day moving average 51.27.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Crude Oil Closes Higher, Market Conditions Are Overbought


May crude oil closed higher on Thursday as it extends this month's rally. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $58.31 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $48.67 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is today's high crossing at $54.66.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at $58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $51.27.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $48.67.

The Battle Insues, Obama and Oil Industry


"Oil, Gasoline Rise as Gains for Equities Signal Strengthening Fuel Demand"
Crude oil rose to the highest in almost four months and gasoline gained as an advancing U.S. stock market signaled that fuel demand will increase....Complete Story

"Obama Revives Battle with Oil Industry"
The Obama administration's push to raise taxes on the oil industry is reigniting a battle the industry fought and won last year....Complete Story

"Petrobras May Compete For Iraqi Oil Deal"
Petrobras could join a U.S. firm and two European companies in competing for a contract to develop Iraq's Nahr Bin Umar oil field....Complete Story

"US Company Halts More Oil Rigs In Venezuela"
U.S oil driller Helmerich & Payne said Wednesday it is continuing to halt operations in Venezuela due to delayed payments from Venezuela's state oil company....Complete Story

Crude Oil Overnight, Do Traders Expect A Lower Inventory Number Today?


May crude oil closed lower on Wednesday as it consolidates some of this month's rally.

The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $58.31 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $48.34 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at $54.20.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at $58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $50.65.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $48.34.

10:30 AM ET. Mar 20 EIA National Gas Inventories, in billion cubic feet

....................Total Working Gas in Storage (previous 1651)

....................Total Working Gas in Storage (Net Change) (previous –30)

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Costa Rica Says No To Oil Exploration, Vietnam and Nicaragua Begin Within Weeks


"Costa Rica President Says No to Oil Exploration"
President Oscar Arias this week has affirmed his commitment against oil exploration in Costa Rica. Speaking in front of the Legislative Assembly Monday afternoon to promote a bill regarding rural aqueducts....Complete Story

"PetroChina Sees `Severe Challenges' Ahead After Drop in Profit Last Year"
PetroChina Co., the world’s second- largest company by market value, said it faces “severe challenges” this year after refining losses and a slump in crude oil prices led to its first annual profit drop since 2001....Complete Story

"Exxon, Chevron Count $40 Billion Nightly to Protect Cash From Bank Crisis"
Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., their coffers swollen by last year’s record oil prices, are maneuvering to preserve a combined $40 billion in cash amid a global financial crisis that roiled the banking system....Complete Story

"Nicaragua, Vietnam Ink Oil Deal"
Vietnam will begin prospecting for oil in Nicaragua within four weeks, according to an agreement signed here between both countries´ state run companies....Complete Story

Crude Oil Trades Lower Overnight, Signals Are Still Bullish


May crude oil was lower overnight due to profit taking as it consolidates some of this week's rally.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $58.31 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $48.35 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at $54.20.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at $58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $50.67.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $48.35.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Crude Oil Closes A Whipsaw Trading Day In The High Range


May crude oil closed slightly higher on Tuesday as it extended this month's rally.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Wednesday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $58.31 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $47.93 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is today's high crossing at $54.20.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at $58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $49.76.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $47.93.

China Raises Fuel Prices, Apache Admits They Are In M and A Mode


"China Raises Fuel Prices for First Time This Year After Gains for Crude"
China, the world’s second-biggest energy user, raised fuel prices for the first time this year to reflect the gain in global oil prices....Complete Story

"Apache CEO Says Company On The Prowl For Assets"
Independent oil and gas company Apache Corp is actively looking to buy assets, its CEO told a conference on Tuesday. "We are paddling through the water looking for things to buy," Steven Farris, the chief executive of Apache, told the 2009 Howard Weil Energy Conference....Complete Story

"Saudi Pledges To Sustain Oil Investments"
Saudi Aramco will soon sign a memorandum of understanding with Japan's Sumimoto Chemical Co. to develop a second stage of its $10 billion PetroRabigh petrochemicals complex, the head of the state-run Saudi oil giant said Monday....Complete Story

Trend Analysis For DXO Mid Day Tuesday

Mid Day Trend Analysis For DXO is clearly in an uptrend

Smart Scan Chart Analysis is showing some near term weakness. However, this market remains in the confines of a longer term uptrend Uptrend with tight money management stops.

Based on a pre-defined weighted trend formula for chart analysis, DXO scored +70 on a scale from -100 (strong downtrend) to +100 (strong uptrend):

+10.....Last Hour Close Above 5 Hour Moving Average
+15.....New 3 Day High on Monday
+20.....Last Price Above 20 Day Moving Average
+25.....New 3 Week High, Week Ending March 28th
-30.....New 3 Month Low in February
+70.....Total Score



Crude Oil Traders Take Profits Overnight


May crude oil was lower overnight due to profit taking as it consolidates some of Monday's rally.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $58.31 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $47.92 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $54.05.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at $58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $49.75.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $47.92.

Key Oil Industry Market Events To Watch

4:30 PM ET. Mar 20....API Oil Industry Report

......................Crude Stocks (Net Change) (previous +4.66M)

......................Gasoline Stocks (Net Change) (previous +383K)

......................Distillate Stocks (Net Change) (previous +327K)

......................Refinery Runs (previous 82.3%)

Monday, March 23, 2009

Crude Oil Advances On Rally In Stocks and Hope Of Future Demand Increases


May crude oil closed higher on Monday as it follows the rally in stocks on hopes of future demand increases, extending this month's rally.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday even though futures are done has of the time of this post.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $58.31 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $47.38 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is today's high crossing at $54.05.
Second resistance is January's high crossing at $58.31.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $49.09.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $47.38.

Suncor To Buy Petro-Canada, Crude Oil Up Sharply On Fed Plan and Stock Rally


"Suncor To Buy Petro-Canada For $15 Billion Of Stock"
Suncor Energy Inc. (SU) said Monday it will acquire Petro-Canada (PCZ) for about $15 billion in stock as the two oil-sands companies bulk up to cut costs in the face of lower oil prices and a slowing world economy....Complete Story

"Crude Up Sharply As Stock Markets Rally"
U.S. crude oil futures rose on Monday, jumping above $53 a barrel as Wall Street and global stock markets rallied on a U.S. plan to buy up so-called toxic assets to tidy up bank balance sheets....Complete Story

"Schlumberger Says Another Round of Layoffs Coming"
Schlumberger is preparing for its second round of layoffs this year amid a global downturn in oil and gas activity that also has also pushed rivals to cut jobs....Complete Story

"Russia Sees No Economic Reason to Join OPEC, Energy Minister Shmatko Says"
Russia Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko said his country has no economic reason to join OPEC at the moment as the national oil industry already responds to market signals....Complete Story

Friday, March 20, 2009

Crude Oil Closes Off Friday's High As The U.S. Dollar Rallies


Crude Oil enjoyed a rally on Friday but closed well off the highs of the day as the U.S. dollar gained strength against other currencies. The posting of an inside day consolidates some of Thursday's rally.

The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought making but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at 56.86 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 45.14 would temper the near
term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is Thursday's high crossing at 52.25.
Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at 56.86.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 47.56.
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 45.14.

Horizon Ships First Oil From Oil Sands Project, Kuwait Cancels 2.1 Billion Deal, Israel Looks To Start Drilling In April 2009


"Oil Falls as Dollar's Gain Against the Euro Reduces Appeal of Commodities"
Crude oil fell from a three month high as the dollar climbed against the euro, decreasing the appeal of commodities as an alternative investment....Complete Story

"Zion Oil Anticipates Drilling Commencement in Israel by April 2009"
Zion anticipates that the drilling rig contracted for the Ma'anit-Rehoboth No. 2 well will arrive in Israel, clear customs and be fully rigged-up to begin drilling in April 2009....Complete Story

"Fluor Says Kuwait Halts Refinery Project, Canceling $2.1 Billion in Orders"
Fluor Corp. said the Kuwait National Petroleum Co. canceled its contract for the Al-Zour refinery project and the remaining $2.1 billion in work will be removed from first-quarter backlog....Complete Story

"Horizon Oil Sands Project Ships First Oil"
North Sea operator Canadian Natural Resources has shipped the first cargo from its Horizon Oil Sands project. CNR said the first shipment of synthetic crude....Complete Story

The SP 500 and Crude Oil.....Two Markets, Going In Two Different Directions

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Higher Crude Oil Prices Possible Near Term

April crude oil was lower due to profit taking overnight as it consolidated some of this week's rally.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends the rally, February's high crossing at $56.86 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $45.12 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Thursday's high crossing at $52.25.

Second resistance is February's high crossing at $56.86.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $47.53.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $45.12.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Can The Crude Oil Bulls Pull Through The Market Turn Down


April crude oil closed higher on Thursday as it extended this week's rally and closed above resistance crossing at $50.88.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. And closing above $50.88 on Friday would signal that a near term low has been set. We are calling for the SP 500 to open lower on Friday with a possible end to the recent rally. This could put the crude oil bull's in the position for some very heavy lifting on Friday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, January's high crossing at $56.86 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.55 would temper the near-term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is today's high crossing at $52.25.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $56.86.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $46.94.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.55.

Afghanistan Holds First Bid For Onshore Blocks, Crude Oil Touches Three Month High


"Afghanistan to Hold First Ever Hydrocarbon Bidding Round"
Afghanistan is holding the country's first ever hydrocarbon bidding round with three onshore blocks up for grabs....Complete Story

"Oil Rises Above $52 on Speculation Fed Debt-Buying Plan Will Spur Growth"
Crude oil rose above $52 a barrel, reaching a three month high, after the U.S. Federal Reserve announced plans to spend $1 trillion buying back debt....Complete Story

"Russia May Lease Cuban Offshore Oil Blocks, Reuters Reports"
A group of five Russian companies may lease as many as 15 oil blocks, representing 15,440 square miles, for exploration in Cuba’s portion of the Gulf of Mexico....Complete Story

"TAQA Scales Back Huge North Sea Expansion Plans"
New North Sea operator TAQA has confirmed that it is gearing down from the previously blistering pace of acquisitions, after posting Q4 profits that were down due to....Complete Story

Crude Oil Moves Higher, Is The Reflation Trade On?


April crude oil has opened higher and was higher overnight as it extends this week's rally. Is the reflation trade on?

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends the rally off February's low, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.51 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is the overnight high crossing at $50.00.

Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $46.86.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.51.

I still need two closing days above $50.88 to confirm the mid term low is in.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Crude Oil Still Throwing Off Bullish Signals After Inside Trading Day


April crude oil posted an inside day with a lower close on Wednesday as it consolidated some of this week's rally.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday.

Stochastics and the RSI are becoming overbought but remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.03 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at $49.82.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $46.24.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.03.

Crude Oil Spikes On Federal Reserve News, Iran Complains About Low Oil Prices


"Oil Rises in Electronic Trading on Fed's New Plan to Shore Up U.S. Economy"
Crude oil rose in electronic trading after the Federal Reserve said it will buy as much as $750 billion in mortgage securities and $300 billion in longer term government bonds to help shore up the financial system....Complete Story

"Some in OPEC See $60/Barrel Oil in 2009"
Some members of OPEC have limited their oil price ambitions in 2009 due to the fragility of the world economy, despite OPEC's belief that higher prices are needed to support investment in new supplies....Complete Story

"Naimi Says OPEC Production Quota Compliance to Improve as Members Cut Back"
Saudi Arabia, OPEC’s biggest and most influential oil exporter, expects OPEC members to reduce their shipments from last month to better comply with their quotas, the country’s oil minister said....Complete Story

"Iran FM Calls Oil Price Unjust"
Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki called the current price of oil both unrealistic and unjust on Tuesday, the official Iranian news agency IRNA reported.
Mottaki, on a visit to the....Complete Story

Traders Taking Crude Oil Profits Overnight


April crude oil was lower overnight due to profit taking as it consolidates some of this week's rally.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends the rally off February's low, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.04 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at $49.82.

Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $46.26.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $44.04.

I would like to see 2 consecutive days of closing price above $50.88 to declare the trend has turned to the upside.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Crude Oil Rallies, Sets New Three Month High


April crude oil closed higher on Tuesday as it extends this month's rally.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Wednesday.

Stochastics and the RSI are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $43.47 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is today's high crossing at $49.82.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $43.47.

Second support is the reaction low crossing at $39.44.

Crude Oil Set For Steady To Higher Open


Crude oil is slightly lower going into the equity markets opening this morning. Though yesterday's high range close sets us up for a steady to higher open this morning. Our current trend represents a wide trading range with 1st resistance at 48.83 and 1st support at the 20 day moving average of 42.95. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral to bullish hinting that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at 50.88 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 42.95 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

Monday, March 16, 2009

Crude Oil Surprises And Rallies To Close Higher


April crude oil closed higher on Monday as it extended last Thursday's rally.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday.

Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral to bullish hinting that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.95 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is last Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.95.

Second support is the reaction low crossing at $39.44.

Crude Oil Rises After Brief Down Turn On OPEC News


"Saudi, Iranian Oil Ministers: Prices Should Stand at $60-$75"
The oil ministers of Saudi Arabia and Iran said Monday their target goal for the price of oil was between $60 to $75 a barrel....Complete Story

"Oil Rises as Stocks Climb on Expectations of Economic Recovery by Year-End"
Crude oil rose as global stock markets climbed for a fifth day on optimism that the recession that has curbed demand may end by the close of the year....Complete Story

"Idling of U.S. Gas Rigs Setting Stage for Doubling of Prices"
Survey Shows Natural gas drillers from Devon Energy Corp. to XTO Energy Inc. are idling rigs at the fastest pace since 2002, setting the stage for this year’s worst commodity to almost double as supplies drop faster than demand....Complete Story

"Record Wellhead Order"
Subsea systems provider FMC has been selected by Anadarko to supply a record capacity subsea wellhead system rated for....Complete Story

Crude Oil Lower Overnight On OPEC Meeting News


April crude oil took a gap down and was lower overnight as it consolidates some of last Thursday's rally and digest the news from this weekend's OPEC meeting.

Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.79 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If April renews the rally off February's low, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the overnight low crossing at $43.62.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.79.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Crude Closes Lower Shrugging Off OPEC Meeting On Sunday


April crude oil closed lower on Friday as it consolidated some of Thursday's rally.

The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday.

Stochastics and the RSI have turned bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.68 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.67.

Second support is the reaction low crossing at $39.44.

Crude Oil Falls On IEA, OPEC Forecast. Exxon Brazil Project Rivals Tupi


"Oil Falls After IEA, OPEC Cut Demand Forecasts Because of Global Recession"
Crude oil fell after the International Energy Agency and OPEC cut their global demand forecasts because of the recession in major consuming countries....Complete Story

"Uganda's Environment Body Approves Early Oil Output"
Uganda's environmental authority has approved an early production scheme by Tullow Oil, removing a legal hurdle for development of crude in the Albertine basin....Complete Story

"Exxon Mobil's Brazil Find May Hold 8 Billion Barrels of Oil, Rivaling Tupi"
Exxon Mobil Corp.’s oil discovery off the coast of Brazil may hold enough crude to rival the nearby Tupi prospect as the Western Hemisphere’s largest find in three decades....Complete Story

"South Korea Appeals To Nigerian Government Over Quashed Oil Deal"
Seoul's state energy firm said Thursday it has petitioned Nigerian President Umaru Yar'Adua to reverse his country's decision to scrap oil exploration rights awarded to a South Korean consortium....Complete Story

Crude Oil Signals Short Term Top May Be In, 1st Resistance Is $48.83


April crude oil looks to extend Thursday's rally. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.72 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If April renews the rally off February's low, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $44.56.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.72.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Crude Oil Whip Saws Traders With Back To Back Pivotal Days, Short Term Top May Still Be In


April crude oil closed sharply higher on Thursday ending a two day correction off Monday's high.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday.

Stochastics and the RSI are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.46 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.46.

Second support is the reaction low crossing at $39.44.

SBM Suffers 14.6% Profit Slide, OPEC Considers Next Cut


"SBM Suffers 14.6% Profit Slide"
Offshore contractor Single Buoy Moorings reported final results for 2008 in line with its preliminary announcement with net profit of US $228 m which was down 14.6% from $267 m in 2007....Complete Story

"OPEC February Production Down 28.07 Million Per Day"
The 12 members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries pumped an average 28.07 million barrels per day (b/d) in February, as the oil producer club continued its efforts to slash oversupply and prevent oil prices falling further....Complete Story

"Oil Rises More Than $4 as OPEC Members to Consider Fourth Production Cut"
Crude oil rose more than $4 a barrel, the biggest gain in three weeks, before OPEC meets this weekend to consider a fourth production cut....Complete Story

Crude Oil Seems To Consolidate Rally, Turning Bearish


April crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Wednesday as it consolidates some of its recent rally.

The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.27 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.27.

Second support is the reaction low crossing at $39.44.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Pivotal Day For Crude Oil, Short Term Top May Be In


April crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Wednesday as it consolidates some of its recent rally.

The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday.

Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.27 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.27.

Second support is the reaction low crossing at $39.44.

Crude Oil Falls After Report of Larger Than Expected U.S. Inventory Gain


"Iraq Inaugurates Oil Deal with China's CNPC"
Iraq inaugurated an oil project on Wednesday with the Chinese National Petroleum Company, activating the country's first major oil deal with a foreign firm since the fall of Saddam Hussein in 2003....Complete Story

"Crude Oil Falls After Report of Larger Than Expected U.S. Inventory Gain"
Crude oil futures fell after a U.S. government report showed a bigger than expected inventory gain as lower demand prompted refiners to slow processing....Complete Story


"Bad Weather Halts Kuwait Oil Exports"
Kuwait halted its oil exports of more than 2 million barrels per day on Tuesday due to bad weather, spokesman for state refiner Kuwait National Petroleum Co (KNPC) Mohammad Al-Ajmi said....Complete Story

Can The U.S. Economy Survive $80.00 Crude Oil


We have been saying for some time that the U.S. economy has found itself in the position that if oil spikes again even those that work will not be able to afford to drive, better yet the millions of unemployed. And that includes major industry.

For the first time since September of 2007, the crude oil (NYME_CL) market has flashed a positive signal that it is headed higher. This is the first buy signal that we have seen in over 18 months in the energy markets.

The big question is, if crude oil is headed higher, how much of a price increase can the US economy afford and withstand?

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Here is a raw commodity that is used by everyone and the U.S. has no control over. This key commodity to commerce just happens to be in areas that are normally hostile to the US. If we see a hiccup in the supply chain that changes this market dynamic, even for a short time period, we could see oil move back to the $80/barrel range in a heart beat.

So how will this affect the US equity markets? If crude oil heads back to the $75-$80 range, I expect that the major indices will head south. I call it the 551 syndrome. 5000 on the Dow, 500 on the S&P 500, and finally 1000 on the NASDAQ.

In this short video we will share with you the potential target zones we could see in the next 6 to 12 months in crude oil.

So with the trend in crude oil in a positive trajectory and the trend in the US equity markets in a negative trajectory, I think the two will feed off themselves. Look for traders and hedge funds to move aggressively in both these areas with abandon.

Lastly with no reinstatement of the up-tick rule, expect stocks to once again get pummeled to oblivion.

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Profit Taking Drives Crude Oil Lower


April crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Tuesday as it consolidated some of Monday's rally.

The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Wednesday.

Stochastics and the RSI are becoming overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.32 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $44.15.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.32.

10:30 AM ET. Mar 6 US Energy Dept Oil Inventories

...Crude Oil Stocks (previous 350.59)

...Crude Oil Stocks (Net Change) (expected -300K; previous -757K)

...Gasoline Stocks (previous 215.51)

...Gasoline Stocks (Net Change) (expected -700K; previous +168K)

...Distillate Stocks (previous 143.2M)

...Distillate Stocks (Net Change) (expected +400K; previous +1.67M)

...Refinery Usage (expected 83%; previous 83.1%)

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Chevron To Ramp Up Large Projects, Kazakhstan Will Not Allow Downturn To Effect Their Projects


"Chevron to Buck Downturn with Major Project Developments"
Chevron says it is well positioned in 2009 with a strong balance sheet and numerous projects coming on stream. The company expects new project start ups and continued ramp ups to contribute production of 650,000 barrels per day....Complete Story

"Kashagan Production Still Scheduled for 2012"
The economic downturn will not affect the development of Kazakhstan's Kashagan oil field, said a Shell executive. First production is still scheduled for the fourth quarter 2012....Complete Story

"U.S. Lowers Forecast for 2009 Global Oil Demand as Recession Cuts Fuel Use"
The U.S. reduced its forecast for 2009 global crude oil consumption for the sixth month in a row as the economic slowdown cuts fuel purchases....Complete Story

"OPEC Needs 100% Quota Compliance Before Further Cuts, Qatar's Attiyah Says"
OPEC, supplier of about 40 percent of the world’s oil, needs full compliance with production quotas before discussing a further reduction in output, Qatar’s oil minister said....Complete Story

Crude Oil Bulls Extend The Rally, First Resistance Now $48.83


April crude oil was steady to higher overnight as it extends last week's rally.

Stochastics and the RSI are becoming overbought but remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends the rally, the reaction high crossing at $50.88 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.39 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at $50.88.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $44.30.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.39.

4:30 PM ET. Mar 6 API Oil Industry Report

............Crude Stocks (Net Change) (previous -463K)

............Gasoline Stocks (Net Change) (previous -642K)

............Distillate Stocks (Net Change) (previous +1.6M)

............Refinery Runs (previous 83.5%)

Monday, March 9, 2009

Oil Market Winners and Losers

Winners

Infinity 42.86%
Input/Output 40.66%
Stone Energy 24.86%
McMoRan Exploration 15.09%
Brigham Exploration 9.65%

Losers

TETRA Technologies -13.73%
FX Energy -12.70%
Allis-Chalmers Energy -11.54%
Pioneer Drilling -8.64%
Quicksilver Resources -8.05%

Change based on the last 2 days of trading

Crude Oil Rally Continues, Next Upside Target Is $47.99


April crude oil closed higher on Monday as it extends the rally off February's low.

The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday.

Stochastics and the RSI are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends this month's rally, February's high crossing at $47.99 is the next upside target.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.30 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is today's high crossing at $48.83.

Second resistance is the reaction's high crossing at $47.99.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $43.53.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.31.

Oil Climbs On Speculation Of OPEC Cuts, Oil Companies Struggling To Limit Lay Offs


"Oil Climbs to Two Month High on Speculation OPEC Will Cut Output Further"
Crude oil rose to a two month high in New York on speculation the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will decide to reduce output when ministers gather in Vienna on March 15....Complete Story

"Oil Industry Strives to Limit Its Layoffs"
As oil companies cut costs amid slumping energy prices, they are determined not to repeat the mistakes of the 1980s oil bust, when mass layoffs left the industry ill prepared for the eventual rebound....Complete Story

"Oil at $50 Looms Amid Prospects for More Restictions on OPEC Production"
OPEC’s record production cuts are draining the glut in world oil markets, leading traders to bet that $50 crude is two months away....Complete Story

"OPEC: Current Oil Prices Cannot Guarantee Future Market Stability"
OPEC is expected to lower production at its upcoming meeting. The OPEC Secretary General recently reported that the current excessively low oil prices cannot guarantee its long term stability in the crude market....Complete Story

Crude Oil Higher Overnight, Remains Above 20 Day Moving Average


April crude oil was higher overnight as it extends last week's breakout above the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.30.

Stochastics and the RSI are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If April extends the rally, February's high crossing at $47.99 is the next upside target.

Closes below last Tuesday's low crossing at $39.44 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is the overnight high crossing at $47.03.

Second resistance is February's high crossing at $47.99.

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at $43.52.

Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at $42.30.

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