Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Crude Oil Market Commentary For Wednesday Evening


Crude oil closed up $0.76 at $83.20 a barrel today. Prices closed near the session high today after hitting a fresh five week low early on. Crude oil bulls are fading and need to show more power soon. The next upside price objective for the bulls is producing a close above solid technical resistance at the April high of $87.59 a barrel.

Natural gas closed up 4.2 cents at $4.357 today. Prices closed near mid-range today and did hit a fresh five week high in quieter trading. Bears still have the overall near term technical advantage. Prices are trading sideways and choppy at lower price levels. The next upside price objective for the bulls is closing prices above solid technical resistance at $4.75.

Gold futures closed up $10.00 at $1,172.70 today. Prices closed nearer the session high today and hit a fresh nearly five month high. Gold's gains today again came despite a stronger U.S. dollar and lower crude oil futures prices. Traders this week are buying gold as a safe haven asset and as a hedge against further weakening of the European currencies as the Greek debt crisis appears to be worsening. Gold bulls have the solid near term technical advantage and have gained more upside momentum this week.

The U.S. dollar index closed up 16 points at 82.47 today. Prices closed near mid-range today and hit another fresh contract high on a flight to quality amid the European Union's sovereign debt crisis. The bulls have the solid overall near term technical advantage and have gained more upside momentum this week.


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