Tuesday, June 30, 2009

IEA Wary of Economic Impact on Energy

The lingering economic crisis and disputes between Russia and Ukraine create uncertainties in the oil and gas sector, the International Energy Agency reports. "The global financial crisis has turned the economic landscape upside down, with huge implications for the oil and gas sector," said Nobuo Tanaka, executive director of the IEA. Tanaka said modest recovery in prices may be a false front as reactionary increases could undermine optimism.....Complete Story

Oilfield Activity May Be Rebounding

After months of decommissioning drilling rigs to balance out lower energy prices and expensive well service costs, mass amputations appear to be over in the oilfield due to a rebound in prices. However, the natural gas sector continues to drown in oversupply. The national oil and gas rig count has been slashed in half since last summer's highs. But since June 5, the number of oil rigs in production has climbed from 179 to 219.....Complete Story

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Natural Gas Renews This Months Decline


Natural gas closed lower on Tuesday thereby renewing the decline off this month's high. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If August extends today's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.710 is the next downside target. From a broad perspective, August needs to close above 4.820 or below 3.520 to confirm a breakout of this spring's trading range and point the direction of the next trending move.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.08
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 4.57

First support is today's low crossing at 3.80
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.71

American Petro Hunter Plans Next Kansas Oil Well


American Petro Hunter has announced that the next prospective oil well in the Company's project development drilling schedule will be at the Brinkman Prospect in Clark County, Kansas and has been designated as the #1 Lee 18AB oil well. The well is currently undergoing permitting, and site surveys are ongoing for a spud date in approximately two weeks on or around July 15th dependent upon rig availability. The Brinkman Prospect is located.....Complete Story

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Oil Rises After Industry Report Shows Drop in Crude Inventories

Oil rose above $70 after an industry report showed the biggest decline in crude inventories since September in the U.S., the world’s largest user of the fuel. Crude supplies fell by 6.8 million barrels to 349.7 million last week, the industry funded American Petroleum Institute said yesterday. A U.S. Energy Department report today will probably show crude oil stockpiles declined 2 million barrels, according to the median of 15 estimates in a Bloomberg News survey.....Complete Story

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Tuesday Proves To Be Consolidation Day For Crude Oil


Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Tuesday as it consolidated some of the rally off last week's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Wednesday.

Despite today's setback stochastics and the RSI remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 72.85 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

If August renews last week's decline, the 38% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target.

First resistance is today's high crossing at 73.38
Second resistance is this month's high crossing at 73.90

First support is last Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25

Oil Plunges 3% to Just Over $69

Oil prices fell more than 3% to $69 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar and as weak consumer confidence data hit equities. Crude for August delivery traded $2.15 lower at $69.34 a barrel, off its earlier eight month high of $73.38. The U.S. dollar rose against the euro, adding pressure to oil prices. A stronger dollar makes commodities denominated in the currency more expensive for investors.....Complete Story

Petrobras Focuses on Costs Ahead of Rig, Platform Tenders


Brazilian state run energy giant Petrobras continues to take a hard line on cost cuts as it prepares to launch tenders for drilling rigs and production platforms. The tenders will likely come to market soon, Chief Financial Officer Almir Barbassa said at a meeting with reporters. "We're in the final phase of the concession process," Barbassa said. The company is hammering out details for financing drill rigs, a complex task, the executive added.....Complete Story

BP, CNPC Win Iraqi Rumaila Oil Field Development Deal

BP and China National Petroleum Corp. have won a contract for the development of Iraq's Rumaila oil field, the first of eight giant Iraqi oil and gas development projects for which Iraq began receiving bids Tuesday, Iraqi officials said. Selected foreign companies including international oil majors and Japanese companies are making bids. Iraq is offering contracts to foreign companies for the first time in around 40 years since its energy.....Complete Story

Oil Falls From Eight Month High on U.S., U.K. Economic Reports

Crude oil fell from an eight month high and gasoline slipped as reports showed that U.S. consumer confidence showed an unexpected decline in June and the U.K. economy shrank the most since 1958. Oil dropped more than $2 after the Conference Board’s sentiment index weakened to 49.3 from a revised 54.8 in May, the New York based research group said today. Gross domestic product in the U.K. decreased 2.4 percent in the first quarter from the final three months of 2008, the Office for National Statistics said today in London.....Complete Story

Oil Trades Little Changed on Forecast U.S. Fuel Stockpiles Rose

Crude oil traded little changed, poised for its biggest quarterly gain since 1990 before a report tomorrow expected to show an increase in U.S. gasoline stockpiles. Gasoline inventories in the U.S. probably climbed 2 million barrels in the week ended June 26 from 208.9 million the previous week as refineries increased production, a Bloomberg News survey showed. Oil fell back after climbing as much as 2.6 percent as a weaker dollar drove investors to commodities as a hedge against inflation and Nigerian rebels attacked oil installations.....Complete Story

Crude Oil Market Commentary For Tuesday Morning

Crude oil was slightly higher overnight as it extends Monday's rally above the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.41. Stochastics and the RSI have turned bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If August extends this week's rally, this month's high crossing at 73.90 is the next upside target. Closes below Monday's low crossing at 68.36 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

Tuesday's pivot point, our line in the sand is 70.60

First resistance is the overnight high crossing at 73.38
Second resistance is this month's high crossing at 73.90

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.15
Second support is Monday's low crossing at 68.36

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Monday, June 29, 2009

Light Trading Day as Market Eyes Oil

Monday's markets closed following a day of light trading. News of a pipeline attack boosted Exxon and Sallie Mae's SLM Corp. benefited from a government contract. Simon Constable reports after the closing bell.



IEA Cuts 5 Year World Oil Demand Outlook on Economy

The International Energy Agency, an adviser to oil consuming nations, cut five-year forecasts for global crude demand because of the economic slump, predicting consumption won’t regain last year’s levels until 2012. The IEA cut its oil demand estimates for every year through 2013 by about 3 million barrels a day, it said in its Medium Term Oil Market Report today. Consumption will average 86.76 million barrels a day in 2012, the first year it will.....Complete Story

Natural Gas Post an Inside Day

Natural gas posted an inside day with a lower close on Monday ending a two day short covering bounce off last week's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If August extends last week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.710 is the next downside target. From a broad perspective, August needs to close above 4.820 or below 3.520 to confirm a breakout of this spring's trading range and point the direction of the next trending move.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.12
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 4.57

First support is last Wednesday's low crossing at 3.87
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.71

China Increases Diesel, Gasoline Prices to Help Oil Refiners

China, the world’s second biggest energy consumer, will increase fuel prices by as much as 11 percent today, allowing the nation’s refiners to pass on climbing crude oil costs. Prices for gasoline and diesel will rise by 600 yuan ($87.80) a metric ton, the National Development and Reform Commission said yesterday, the third increase this year. Jet fuel costs will rise by 620 yuan a ton. China’s consumer prices fell for a fourth month in May.....Complete Story

Crude Oil Set For Higher Open on Tuesday

August crude oil closed higher on Monday as it extends the rebound off last week's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday.

Stochastics and the RSI are turning bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 72.85 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

If August renews last week's decline, the 38% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target.

First resistance is today's high crossing at 71.92
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 72.85

First support is last Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25

Oil Settles Above $71, China to Boost Reserves

Oil prices settled above $71 a barrel Monday, as China said it would boost oil reserves and Nigerian militants partly shut down an offshore oil platform belonging to Royal Dutch Shell PLC. Benchmark crude for August delivery gained $2.33 to settle at $71.49 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Alaron Trading Corp. analyst Phil Flynn said China's plans to increase its strategic crude oil reserves by 60 percent should provide the market with some long term support.....Complete Story

Kurds Blame Baghdad For Oil Delays

The construction of four oil refineries in the Kurdish region of Iraq was delayed because of the failures of the Iraqi oil minister, Kurdish lawmakers say. Refineries in the cities of Kirkuk and Erbil, the Kurdish capital, would have produced nearly 200,000 barrels per day while another plant should have been slated at the Taq Taq field, the Kurdish Globe reports. Those projects were delayed due to the negligence of Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani.....Complete Story

Enterprise Products to Buy Teppco for $3.3 Billion

Enterprise Products Partners LP agreed to buy Teppco Partners LP for about $3.3 billion, combining pipeline operators controlled by Houston billionaire Dan Duncan to create the biggest U.S. energy partnership. Teppco owners will get 1.24 units of Enterprise for each of their units, a deal worth 15 percent more than when an initial offer was made in March, according to a statement today by the partnerships. The transaction is worth $31.36 per unit.....Complete Story

Natural Gas Trading Below 20 Day Moving Average


Natural gas is trading slightly lower, under 4.00, as it consolidates below the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.10. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If August extends last week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.710 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.135 would temper the near term bearish outlook in the market.

Monday's pivot point for natural gas is 4.06

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.10
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.14

First support is last Wednesday's low crossing at 3.87
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.71

Oil, Gasoline Rise as Nigerian Militants Attack Shell Field


Crude oil and gasoline rose after an attack by Nigerian militants shut a field operated by Royal Dutch Shell Plc, cutting output from Africa’s largest producer. Shell said it closed the Estuary field near the Forcados export terminal after the assaults. Hostilities in the Niger River delta have cut more than 20 percent of the country’s oil exports since 2006. The International Energy Agency, an adviser to 28 developed nations, lowered its five-year forecast.....Complete Story

U.S. States Consider Gas and Oil Levies

Cash strapped states are considering raising taxes on oil production to plug yawning budget gaps, but they face strong resistance from oil companies, which warn the moves could lead to lost jobs and higher energy prices. Lawmakers in Pennsylvania and California have proposed what are known as severance taxes on oil and natural gas produced in their states. A tax increase took effect in Arkansas at the beginning of the year, and Alaska last year raised its oil production tax.....Complete Story

Chevron's $27 Billion Problem


Sometime later this year a judge in the sleepy Ecuadoran town of Lago Agrio is likely to sock Chevron Corp. with as much as $27 billion in damages over pollution left over from oil drilling by Chevron's Texaco unit in the 1970s and 1980s. The funny part is, Chevron (CVX-news-people) wanted it this way. When the case was originally filed in New York in 1993, Texaco, then an independent company, argued it would be fairer to hear it in Ecuador.....Complete Story

Crude Oil Hints at Sideways Trading This Week

August crude oil was higher overnight due to light short covering but remains below the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.20. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bullish hinting that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.20 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If August renews last Monday's decline, the 38% retracement of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target.

Mondays' pivot point, our line in the sand is 69.75

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.20
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 71.29

First support is last Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25


Sunday, June 28, 2009

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Venezuela to Borrow to Pay Oil Debts

Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez' announcement that the state will borrow more money to help pay off national oil company debts follows the disclosure by President Hugo Chavez of a letter urging Moscow to cooperate in selling oil at $100 a barrel.
State petroleum company Petroleos de Venezuela has run up billions of dollars in debts to contractors since global oil prices began tumbling nearly a year ago. Although denying that PDVSA had cash-flow problems.....Complete Story

Green Bill's Biggest Test Awaits In The Senate

Following intense last minute wrangling among its members and lobbying from President Obama, the House of Representatives passed potentially landmark legislation Friday that seeks to reduce the release of carbon dioxide by making industry pay for its emissions. The Democrat sponsored American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 passed by a razor thin margin, with 219 votes in favor, including eight from Republicans just one more than the minimum needed.....Complete Story

Kentucky USA Energy Reports on Drilling at New Albany Shale Leasehold

Kentucky USA Energy has provided an update on the Company's drilling operation on its leasehold property in the New Albany Shale in western Kentucky. The Company's drilling contractor mobilized its rig to the Company's next drilling location, Jimmy Jackson #1, spudded-in, and is presently drilling at approximately 1,172 feet. The Hunter Wells #4 location has been acidized in the Dutch Creek formation at 2,610 to 2,625 feet and at 2,705 to......Complete Story

Using DBO, USO and Oil to Play Crude Oil

This article provides some straightforward insight as to how a retail trader/investor can implement a directional play on the price of crude oil. Included is a discussion of the manner in which the forward market for crude oil can cause crude oil ETF returns to deviate from spot market returns. This article is not intended to be authoritative, comprehensive, or highly technical. It is simply a compilation of previous discussions on the topic.....Complete Story

Iraq Warily Moving Ahead on Contracts With Oil Companies

On Monday, when Iraq puts development rights to some of its largest oil fields up for auction to foreign companies, the bidding will be a watershed moment, representing the first chance for petroleum giants like ExxonMobil to tap into the resources of a country they were kicked out of almost 40 years ago. Yet, there are widespread doubts about whether Iraq is ready for a sudden infusion of capital from international oil corporations.....Complete Story

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Russia to Cooperate With Shell on Sakhalin 3 and 4

Russia is prepared to cooperate with Royal Dutch Shell Plc, Europe’s largest oil producer, on oil and gas projects in the Russian Far East known as Sakhalin-3 and Sakhalin-4, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin said. Putin, speaking at his residence in Novo-Ogaryovo, outside Moscow, met with Shell Chief Executive Officer Jeroen van der Veer, and Peter Voser, who will become the next chief executive. Now is an “ideal time” to move quickly.....Complete Story

Oil Prices Hit Reverse as Wall Street Slips

Oil prices fell Friday, mirroring losses on Wall Street, as traders took profits after earlier jumping above 71 dollars per barrel on news of fresh unrest in key crude producer Nigeria. New York's main futures contract, light sweet crude for delivery in August, shed 94 cents to 69.29 dollars a barrel. In London, Brent North Sea crude for August dipped 86 cents to 68.92 dollars. Wall Street shares sank at the open on Friday, one day after a rally, as investors locked in profits and turned cautious ahead of the weekend.....Complete Story

USO : Oil's New Downtrend ?

One of my favorite sites is The ETF Corner. Great analysis, with easy to understand charts using simple channnels. I never make my daily trade set ups without a quick visit to The ETF Corner. Here is their post from Friday on the USO and crude oil......

If USO does not manage to break above $38.5 soon, I believe we will likely see USO trading down within this new red downtrend.

Oil Price Remains Supported As China's Urge For A New Reserve Currency Exerts Pressures On The Dollar

Crude oil price extends gain above 70 in European morning as USD's retreats further against major currencies and stock markets rally. However, the benchmark contract may only add modestly, by around 1-2%, over the week due to the sharp fall earlier this week. NNPC, Nigeria's state oil company said that the nation has already shut around 1.4M bpd of oil production out of its 1.67M bpd quota as MEND's attack has intensified. Managing director of the group said that crude supplies for refinery will finish in 15 days.....Complete Story

Friday, June 26, 2009

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Oil Hints Short Term Low Might be In, Natural Gas Looks to go Lower


Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Friday and the low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI have turned neutral hinting that a short term low might be in or is near.

Closes above last Friday's high crossing at 72.85 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

If August renews this week's decline, the 38% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target.

First resistance is today's high crossing at 71.29
Second resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 72.85

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25

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Natural gas closed higher due to short covering on Friday as it consolidated some of this week's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If August extends this week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.71 is the next downside target. From a broad perspective, August needs to close above 4.82 or below 3.52 to confirm a breakout of this spring's trading range and point the direction of the next trending move.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.17
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 4.57

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 3.87
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.71

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The U.S. Dollar closed lower on Friday as it extends this month's trading range. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. Closes above 81.97 or below 79.62 are needed to clear up near term direction in the market.

First resistance is the reaction high crossing at 81.97
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 83.69

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 79.90
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 79.62

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Industry Gears Up For Drilling, Big Oil's Answer To Carbon Law


"Industry Gears Up for Drilling as Crude Rises"
After plunging to their lowest levels since 2003, NYMEX crude oil futures have rallied strongly during the first half of 2009 and appear set to move even higher, giving oil and gas companies the incentive to start drilling with renewed vigor. As the price of oil climbed steadily during 2008, passing the $100 mark and moving well beyond, predictions for even higher oil prices abounded. In fact, in May 2008, Goldman Sachs predicted that oil prices.....Complete Story

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"Crude Oil, Gasoline Fall After Savings Rate Gains, Stocks Drop"
Crude oil and gasoline fell after the government said the U.S. savings rate climbed to the highest level in more than 15 years, an indication that the economic recovery will be slow to gather strength. Energy futures dropped after the Commerce Department said that household savings increased to 6.9 percent, the highest since December 1993. Equities slipped as the data spurred speculation that the U.S. economy will continue to contract....."Complete Story"

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"Big Oil’ s Answer to Carbon Law May Be Fuel Imports"
America’s biggest oil companies will probably cope with U.S. carbon legislation by closing fuel plants, cutting capital spending and increasing imports. Under the Waxman-Markey climate bill that may be voted on today by the U.S. House, refiners would have to buy allowances for carbon dioxide spewed from their plants and from vehicles when motorists burn their fuel. Imports would need permits only for the latter, which ConocoPhillips.....Complete Story


Lower Dollar Sends Crude Higher, Above 20 DMA


Crude oil was higher overnight trading above the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.27 as it extended this week's rebound. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.32 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

If July renews Monday's decline, the 38% retracement of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target.

Friday's Pivot point, our line in the sand is 69.82

First resistance is the overnight high crossing at 71.29.
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 73.90.

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37.
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25.

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Natural gas was slightly higher due to short covering overnight as it extends Thursday's short covering bounce. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.550 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.997 would temper the near term bearish outlook in the market.

The natural gas pivot point for Friday, 4.01

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.937
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.997

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 3.717
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.550

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Oil Closes Higher on Nigeria Pipeline Attack News


Crude oil closed higher on Thursday as it extends this week's short covering rebound. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday.

Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral hinting that a short term low might be in or is near. Closes above last Friday's high crossing at 72.85 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

If August renews this week's decline, the 38% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target.

First resistance is today's high crossing at 70.93
Second resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 72.85

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25

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Natural gas closed higher due to short covering on Thursday as it consolidated some of this week's decline. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.550 is the next downside target. From a broad perspective, July needs to close above 4.721 or below 3.395 to confirm a breakout of this spring's trading range and point the direction of the next trending move.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.99
Second resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 4.39

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 3.72
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.56


Oil and Gas Surge, Natural Gas Trade Challenged, New California Oil Fields


"Oil and Gasoline Surge After Attack on Shell Pipeline in Nigeria"
Crude oil climbed above $70 and gasoline rose after militants attacked a Royal Dutch Shell Plc pipeline supplying an export terminal in Nigeria, Africa’s largest producer.
The Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta, or MEND, said it attacked a pipeline supplying Shell’s Bonny terminal. Exxon Mobil Corp. shut a fluid catalytic cracker at the Baytown, Texas, refinery yesterday, a union official said. Valero Energy Corp. and Marathon.....Complete Story

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"Natural Gas Trade Challenged by Commodity Focus Shift"
In recent weeks, Wall Street has been shifting its energy focus from crude oil to natural gas as the price of the latter has become historically cheap. The first signs of global economic recovery spurred investors to jump on the energy and materials stocks. The logic was that any increase in economic activity would require an increase in demand for industrial-related commodities and energy and their prices would rise.....Complete Story

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"California’s Undiscovered Oil Fields Beckon Occidental’s Irani"
Occidental Petroleum Corp., the fourth-biggest U.S. oil producer by market value, is drilling exploratory wells in California in a bet that deposits there hold hundreds of millions of barrels of crude. Occidental is counting on prospects near Long Beach and in other parts of the state to drive “meaningful” reserves and output growth in the next decade, Chief Executive Officer Ray Irani said. The company will drill 20 exploratory wells this year.....Complete Story

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Crude Oil Higher On Short Covering


Crude oil was higher overnight due to short covering but remains below the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.02. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's decline, the 38% retracement of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.32 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

Thursday's pivot point, our line in the sand is 68.77

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 70.02
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.32

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25

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Natural gas was slightly lower overnight as it extends Wednesday's decline. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.550 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.987 would temper the near term bearish outlook in the market.

The natural gas pivot point for Thursday is 3.80

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.93
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.99

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 3.72
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.56


Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Renewed Dollar Strength Looks To Send Crude Oil Lower


Crude oil closed sharply lower on Wednesday as it consolidates below the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.85. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If August extends this week's decline, the 25% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 66.29 is the next downside target. Closes above last Friday's high crossing at 72.85 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 69.86
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.76

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 25% retracement level at 66.29

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Natural gas closed lower on Tuesday as it extends last week's decline. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends today's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.550 is the next downside target. From a broad perspective, July needs to close above 4.721 or below 3.395 to confirm a breakout of this spring's trading range and point the direction of the next trending move.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.01
Second resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 4.39

First support is today's low crossing at 3.72
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.56

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The U.S. Dollar closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday while extending this month's trading range. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday.

Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. Closes above 81.97 or below 79.62 are needed to clear up near term direction in the market.

First resistance is the reaction high crossing at 81.97
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 83.69

First support is today's low crossing at 79.90
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 79.62

Natural Gas Falls, More Rigs For Baker Hughes, Sinopec In Iraq


"Natural Gas Falls as U.S. Inventories Build in Mild Weather"
Natural gas futures fell for a fifth day in New York as a government report tomorrow may show that weak demand, prompted by mild weather and the recession, is pushing U.S. stockpiles toward a record high. Gas inventories probably increased 101 billion cubic feet last week, based on the median of 15 analyst estimates compiled by Bloomberg. The five year average increase for the week is 84 billion cubic feet. Storage levels rose to 2.557 trillion cubic feet.....Complete Story

"Is Rig Count About to Rebound? Scenarios for The Future"
Last week Baker Hughes reported that their rig count for active rigs in the United States increased by 23 rigs to 899 active rigs. While this count increased from the prior week, compared to a year ago, the rig count is down by over 1,000 rigs marking one of the worst downturns in the industry history. Our favorite chart shows the rig count for 2000-2009 compared to the rig count of 1973-1983. The similarities are stunning, but even more.....Complete Story

"Sinopec Buys Addax, Gains Reserves in Africa, Iraq’s Kurdistan"
China Petrochemical Corp. will gain reserves in Iraq’s Kurdistan and West Africa upon completing its C$8.3 billion ($7.2 billion) bid for Addax Petroleum Corp. The Chinese company, known as Sinopec Group, is the country’s second-biggest oil producer. It agreed to pay C$52.80 a share in cash for Addax, the Geneva-based company said in a statement yesterday. That’s 47 percent more than Addax’s closing price in Toronto on June 5.....Complete Story


Crude Oil Remains Below 20 Moving Average


Crude oil was lower overnight as it consolidates below the 20 day moving average crossing at 69.87. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's decline, the 38% retracement of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.78 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

Wednesday's pivot point, our line in the sand is 68.17

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 69.87
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.78

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25

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Natural gas was higher due to short covering overnight as it consolidates some of Tuesday's decline but remains below the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.948. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.55 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.02 would temper the near term bearish outlook in the market.

The natural gas pivot point is 3.90 for Wednesday.

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.95
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.02

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 3.83
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.55

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Are Gas Prices Going To Plunge?

Fox Business talks to John Kingston, global director of oil at Platts. Kingston weighs in on what he sees for the future in gasoline prices.




Lower Dollar Sends Crude Higher


Crude oil closed up $1.88 at $67.38 a barrel today. Prices closed nearer the session high on a solid rebound from big losses Monday, and amid a sharply lower U.S. dollar today. Some chart damage was repaired today, but bulls have more work to do soon to suggest the June high can be taken out on the upside.

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Natural gas closed down 4.9 cents at $4.022 today. Prices closed near mid range today. The key "outside markets" were bullish for natural gas futures today, as the U.S. stock indexes were firmer, and crude oil was solidly higher, while the U.S. dollar was sharply lower. Yet, natural gas was pressured any way, which is a bearish clue.

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Oil and Gas Rise on Dollar Weakness, OPEC Wants $80 a Barrel


"Oil, Gasoline Rise as Dollar Drop Boosts Appeal of Commodities"
Crude oil rose more than $1 a barrel and gasoline climbed for the first time in five days as a weaker dollar bolstered the appeal of commodity futures as an alternative investment. Oil climbed as the U.S. currency slipped the most in a month against the euro on speculation that the Federal Reserve will temper expectations for an interest rate increase this year. An Energy Department report tomorrow is forecast to show that U.S. crude oil supplies fell.....Complete Story

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"OPEC Would Like Oil at $80 a Barrel for Investments"
The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries would like oil to reach a price level of $80 a barrel so that most investments in the industry can go ahead, OPEC President Jose Maria Botelho de Vasconcelos said Tuesday. "We would like to reach the $80 per barrel, so that investment could be met," he said during a press conference after meeting with European Union officials. He said the current level of between $60 a barrel.....Complete Story

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"Japan May End $1.5 Billion Venezuela Loan on Seizures"
Japan may cancel a planned $1.5 billion loan for Venezuela’s El Palito and Puerto La Cruz oil refineries after the South American nation seized Japanese company assets, said a person familiar with the situation. The Japan Bank for International Cooperation, or JBIC, is reviewing loans for the upgrades after Venezuela took over Japanese iron and chemicals assets and fell behind on payments to oil service contractors, according to the person, who declined to be identified because the review isn’t public.....Complete Story

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Bears Seem To Have The Near Term Advantage


Crude oil was lower in overnight trading as it extends Monday's decline below the 20 day moving average crossing at 69.54. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If crude oil extends this week's decline, the 38% retracement of this spring's rally crossing at 62.25 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.91 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

Tuesday's pivot point, our line in the sand is 68.05

First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 69.54
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.91

First support is the overnight low crossing at 66.37
Second support is the 38% retracement level at 62.25

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Natural gas was higher due to short covering overnight as it consolidates some of Monday's decline. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.938 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

If July renews this month's rally, May's high crossing at 4.690 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 4.387
Second resistance is May's high crossing at 4.690

First support is Monday's low crossing at 3.860
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.550

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Crude Oil Falls, Lower Open Possible On Tuesday


Crude oil closed sharply lower on Monday and closed below the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.59 confirming that a short term top has been posted. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends today's decline, the 25% retracement level of this spring's rally crossing at 65.56 is the next downside target. Closes above last Friday's high crossing at 72.30 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.60
Second resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 72.30

First support is today's low crossing at 66.25
Second support is the 25% retracement level at 65.56

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Natural gas closed lower on Monday as it extended last week's decline. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If July extends today's decline, the reaction low crossing at 3.550 is the next downside target. From a broad perspective, July needs to close above 4.721 or below 3.395 to confirm a breakout of this spring's trading range and point the direction of the next trending move.

First resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 4.387
Second resistance is May's high crossing at 4.690

First support is today's low crossing at 3.860
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 3.550

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Oil and Gas Tumble on World Bank Report, More Rigs For Petrobras?


"Oil, Gasoline Tumble as World Bank Predicts a Deeper Recession"
Crude oil fell more than $2 and gasoline tumbled after the World Bank said the global recession will be deeper than forecast, bolstering concern that fuel consumption will remain depressed. Oil dropped as much as 4.7 percent after the bank projected the global economy will contract 2.9 percent this year, more than its previously forecast decrease of 1.7 percent. Prices also declined as the dollar strengthened, reducing the appeal of commodities as an alternative investment. “We’re lower because reality is asserting itself,”.....Complete Story

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"Petrobras to Reel in More Rigs for Offshore Santos Basin"
Brazilian state-run energy giant Petrobras (PBR) expects to bring up to four more drilling rigs to a prospect in the offshore Santos Basin in the second half of the year. The ultra-deepwater rigs will be used to "attack" areas in the subsalt region in the Santos Basin, Petrobras' Mario Carminatti told the local Estado news agency. The Santos Basin is home to the Tupi field, the Western Hemisphere's largest oil discovery in more than 30 years.....Complete Story

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"Oil’s Channel Break May Signal End to Rally"
Oil prices moved out of a so called ascending channel that started in April, signaling crude’s rally may falter. Crude oil for July delivery fell 2.6 percent to $69.55 a barrel on June 19, the biggest drop for the front-month contract in two weeks. It was the first close outside a channel that’s bounded intraday highs and lows during the last two months, Zug, Switzerland-based consultant Petromatrix GmbH said today. “The ascending channel was invalidated for the first time and this clearly need to be taken as a negative,” Petromatrix managing director Olivier Jakob said in a note to clients.....Complete Story

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Crude Oil Bears Seem To Have Near Term Advantage


Crude oil was lower overnight and is trading below the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.66. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.66 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted while opening the door for a larger degree decline into the end of June.

If July resumes this spring's rally, the 38% retracement of the 2008-2009 decline crossing at 82.38 is the next upside target.

Crude oil pivot point for Monday is 70.76

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.75
Second resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 73.23

First support is the overnight low crossing at 67.89
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 64.95

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Natural gas was lower overnight as it extends last week's decline. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.926 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

If July renews this month's rally, May's high crossing at 4.690 is the next upside target.

Natural gas pivot point for Monday is 4.07

First resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 4.387
Second resistance is May's high crossing at 4.690

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.990
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.926


Sunday, June 21, 2009

Could This Be Crude Oil's New Trading Range?

I couldn't resist posting this chart from one of my favorite swing traders Atilla and his blog xtrends. Atilla has become popular this year as a die hard bear, an unfair title as he is just a realistic trader that looks at long term trends. And yes it's true, we are still in a bear market.

Here is his current view on the trading range we are in for crude oil

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Here is his weekend call for June 20th....

"Crude Oil Thoughts"

Oh so close to a sell signal on the daily but not yet. The daily is still on a buy. Every pull back has been a buy so is this time diff? If the FED stays the course, which I think they will, Crude should make new highs before the pull back happens that everyone is looking for. I will add more to this string later but the commercials increased their OI last week and reduced their net short position as well not bearish action by any means. Also the USO chart is misleading since it is the second derivative and we are in contango market use the futures contract..........(USO chart paints a diff picture).

I think we can get the big sell off many are looking for if the FED changes their bias statement to indicate a move away from quantitative easing (QE). The current US QE policy is the main reason for the oil rise and dollar weakness. So that is what oil traders will be looking for a change to the current QE policy in the Wednesday FED statement. If no change to QE policy then more of the same declining dollar and rising crude oil. So if you are shorting oil looking for an IT move down then you are betting that the FED will change their QE stance on Wednesday IMHO.

You can see on the chart below from the 2008 bull market that 38.2% and 50% retracements on the daily chart were par for the course and a buying opportunity every single time. Buying the pull backs at the the 38.2% and 50% retracements was the way to go till the trendline on the daily broke.

Crude is currently at the 50% retrace at 69.90 which is the half way mark between the previous swing low at 65.92 and swing high at 73.90. So my point is the daily trend line is not broken, and we are at the 50% from the last swing low to swing high which when looking at the last bull market was a golden opportunity to buy. That's what has me long here despite all the bearishness on crude.....Click Here For His Complete Post and Charts


Saturday, June 20, 2009

Eric Bolling: Street Meat, Got gas?

I don't know about you but I miss Eric Bolling on CNBC. Seems like they dump anyone with a mind of their own. You can't argue this, Eric Bolling knows the energy sector. Check out this video from Fox Business, Street Meat, are oil prices surging?




Friday, June 19, 2009

Crude Oil Post Key Reversal Down Day on Friday


Crude oil posted a key reversal down on Friday and closed below the 10 day moving average crossing at 70.72 signaling that a short term top has been posted. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday.

Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.33 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If July extends the rally off April's low, the 38% retracement level of the 2008-2009 decline crossing at 82.38 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 73.23
Second resistance is the 38% retracement level crossing at 82.38

First support is today's low crossing at 68.90
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.33


Energy Prices Drop, With Gas Leading The Way


Benchmark crude for July delivery dropped $1.09 to $70.28 a barrel on Friday in light trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange as the contract was set to close Monday.

The August contract fell $1.18 to $70.73 a barrel.

The slump in crude came as gasoline markets showed the first signs this week that an extended rally in pump prices is nearing an end after 52 straight days of price increases.

Gasoline for July delivery fell 6.85 cents Friday to $1.9610 a gallon.

Crude prices have doubled their value in three months, hitting a high for the year of $73.23 a barrel last week.....Complete Story

Crude Attempts To Extend Trading Range To The Upside


Crude oil was higher overnight as it extends the current narrow trading range, which began last Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral to bullish with the overnight rally hinting that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If July resumes this spring's rally, the 38% retracement of the 2008-2009 decline crossing at 82.38 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.46 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

Friday's pivot point for crude oil is 71.10

First resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 73.23
Second resistance is the 38% retracement level crossing at 82.38

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 69.00
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 68.46

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Natural Gas Rally Appears to be on Hold


Natural gas closed lower on Thursday due to profit taking as it consolidated some of this week's rally. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday.

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

If July extends this week's rally, May's high crossing at 4.690 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.892 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at 4.387
Second resistance is May's high crossing at 4.690

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.948
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.893

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Thursday Proves To Be Consolidation Day For Crude Oil


Crude oil closed higher due to short covering on Thursday as it consolidated some of this week's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday.

Stochastics and the RSI have turned bearish signaling that a short
term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 67.90 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If July extends the rally off April's low, the 38% retracement level of the 2008-2009 decline crossing at 82.38 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 73.23
Second resistance is the 38% retracement level crossing at 82.38

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 69.00
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 67.90


Analyst: Crude Oil Market Looking Tired Here


"Oil Fluctuates on Signals Recession Easing, Fuel Supplies Gain"
Crude oil fluctuated in New York after reports signaled that the U.S. recession is easing and as fuel inventories increased. Oil climbed from the day’s lows after manufacturing in the Philadelphia region contracted in June at the slowest pace in nine months. U.S. supplies of gasoline and distillate fuel, a category that includes diesel and heating oil, rose last week, the Energy Department said yesterday. “The market is looking a bit tired here,” said Tim Evans, an energy analyst with Citi Futures Perspective in New York. “The fundamentals are really poor, with poor demand and excess supply. The recent rally has priced in quite a lot of good news that hasn’t had any impact on the energy.....Complete Story

Crude Oil Continues Narrow Trading Range


Crude oil was slightly higher overnight as it extends the current narrow trading range, which began last Thursday. 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 67.89 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If July resumes this spring's rally, the 38% retracement of the 2008-2009 decline crossing at 82.38 is the next upside target.

Thursday's pivot point for crude oil, our line in the sand is 70.37

First resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 73.23
Second resistance is the 38% retracement level crossing at 82.38

First support is Wednesday's low crossing at 69.00
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 67.89

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Natural gas was slightly higher overnight as it extends this week's rally. Stochastics and the RSI remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If July extends this week's rally, May's high crossing at 4.690 is the next upside target.

Thursday pivot point for natural gas is 4.19

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at 4.387
Second resistance is May's high crossing at 4.690

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.968
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.903

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

U.S. Dollar Closes Lower On Wednesday


The U.S. Dollar closed lower on Wednesday as it consolidated some of Monday's rally. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday increasing the chance of crude oil moving higher. Stochastics and the RSI remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If September renews the rally off last week's low, the reaction high crossing at 83.69 is the next upside target. Closes below the reaction low crossing at 79.62 would temper the near term friendly outlook in the market.

First resistance is the reaction high crossing at 81.97
Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 83.69

First support is last Thursday's low crossing at 79.62
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 78.83

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Crude Consolidates Decline With High Range Close


Crude oil closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidated some of this week's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday.

Stochastics and the RSI are turning bearish signaling that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 67.43 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

If July extends the rally off April's low, the 38% retracement level of the 2008-2009 decline crossing at 82.38 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 73.23
Second resistance is the 38% retracement level crossing at 82.38

First support is today's low crossing at 69.00
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 67.43


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