Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Stronger Dollar Sends Crude Oil Bulls to the Sidelines


Crude oil closed down $2.14 at $82.06 a barrel today. Prices closed near the session low today and closed at a fresh five week low close. Prices were pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar index and weaker stock market today. Crude oil bulls are now fading and need to show fresh 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 down 2.4 cents at $4.327 today. Prices closed near mid-range today 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 the April high of $4.421.

Gold futures closed up $8.00 at $1,162.00 today. Prices closed nearer the session high today, scored a bullish "outside day" up on the daily bar chart and hit a fresh three week high. Gold's gains came despite a stronger U.S. dollar and lower crude oil futures prices. Traders were buying gold today as a hedge against further weakening of the European currencies as the Greek debt crisis appears to be worsening. Gold bulls have the firm near term technical advantage and gained some more upside momentum today.

The U.S. dollar index closed up 86 points at 82.47 today. Prices closed nearer the session high today and hit a 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 gained more upside momentum today.


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