Monday, April 19, 2010

Crude Oil Market Commentary For Monday Evening


Crude oil closed down $1.60 at $81.64 a barrel today. Prices closed near mid-range today and hit a fresh three week low. No serious chart damage has been inflicted in crude, but the bulls have faded and need to show fresh power soon to keep the uptrend on the daily bar chart in place. The Goldman Sachs fraud news and the volcanic ash that is shutting down air travel in Europe are bearish factors for crude. Crude oil bulls still have the overall near term technical advantage.

Natural gas closed down 8.4 cents at $3.955 today. Prices closed near mid-range today. Bears still have the solid near term technical advantage. The next upside price objective for the bulls is closing prices above solid technical resistance at the April high of $4.334.

The U.S. dollar index closed up 11 points at 81.06 today. Prices closed near the session low today. The bulls still have the overall near term technical advantage. Bulls' next upside price objective is to close prices above solid technical resistance at the April high of 82.06.

Gold futures closed down $1.30 at $1,135.60 today. Prices closed nearer the session high today after hitting a fresh two week low early on, following Friday's steep losses that produced a bearish weekly low close. The key "outside markets" were in a bearish posture for gold today, as the U.S. dollar index was higher, while crude oil prices were lower. Uncertainty regarding the Goldman Sachs fraud charges from the SEC also added to selling pressure in gold today.


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