Thursday, April 15, 2010

Crude Closes Lower, Bulls Still Maintain The Advantage


Crude oil closed down $0.34 at $85.50 a barrel today. Prices closed nearer the session low today and saw mild profit taking. Crude oil bulls still have the solid overall near term technical advantage. The next upside price objective for the bulls is producing a close above solid technical resistance at the April high of $87.09 a barrel.

Natural gas closed down 19.2 cents at $4.007 today. Prices closed near the session low today and were pressured by a bearish weekly natural gas storage report. Bears have the solid near term technical advantage. The next upside price objective for the bulls is closing prices above solid technical resistance at last week's high of $4.334.

Gold futures closed up $0.50 at $1,160.10 today. Prices closed near the session high today and were supported by speculative bargain hunting buying after prices were under selling pressure early on. A stronger U.S. dollar index did limit gains in gold, however. Bulls still have the solid near term technical advantage. A nine week old uptrend line is in place on the daily bar chart.

The U.S. dollar index closed up 28 points at 80.58 today. Prices closed near mid-range today. While no serious chart damage has occurred recently the bulls have faded and need to show more power soon. The bulls still have the overall near term technical advantage.


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