Saturday, April 17, 2010
Crude Oil Weekly Technical Outlook
Crude oil had a rebound attempt last week but failed at 86.39, below near term high of 87.09, and reversed sharply. The close below near term rising trend line argues that rise from 69.50 is over after hitting 61.8% projection of 69.50 to 83.16 from 78.56 at 87.00. But we'll need more evidence to confirm. Hence, we'll stay neutral first. On the upside, above resistance will suggest that recent rally is still in progress for 90 psychological level before making a top. On the downside, however, firm break of 38.2% retracement of 69.50 to 87.09 at 80.37 will confirm that rise from 69.50 is over and will bring deeper fall to 61.8% retracement at 76.22 and below.
In the bigger picture, note again that medium term rise from 33.20 is viewed as a correction to the whole correction that started at 2008 at 147.27. Our preferred view is that rise from 33.2 is in form of a three wave structure (73.23, 65.05, ?) and should be near to completion. Strong resistance is expected around 90 psychological level, which coincide with 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 and 61.8% projection of 33.2 to 73.23 from 65.05 at 89.79, and bring reversal. Hence, even though another rally cannot be ruled out, upside potential should be limited. On the downside, break of 69.50 support will break the series of higher low pattern from 33.2 and will be an important indication that the trend has reversed. In such case, we'll turn bearish on crude oil and expect the then down trend to target a new low below 33.2.
In the long term picture, there is no change in the view that fall from 147.27 is part of the correction to the five wave sequence from 98 low of 10.65. While the rebound from 33.2 is strong and might continue, there is no solid evidence that suggest fall 147.27 is completed and we're still preferring the case that rebound from 33.2 is merely a corrective rise only. Having said that, strong resistance should be seen between 76.77/90.24 fibo resistance zone and bring reversal for another low below 33.2 before completing the whole correction from 147.27.....Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.
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