Thursday, May 13, 2010

Commodities Market Commentary For Thursday Evening


Crude oil closed lower on Thursday as it resumed last week's decline. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If June extends today's decline, the 87% retracement level of the February-April rally crossing at 72.86 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 81.47 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 79.03. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 81.47. First support is today's low crossing at 73.62. Second support is the 87% retracement level of the February-April rally crossing at 72.86.

Natural gas closed higher on Thursday as it extended this week's rally. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If June extends this week's rally, the 25% retracement level of the October-April decline crossing at 4.438 is the next upside target. Closes below the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.077 would temper the near term friendly outlook. First resistance is today's high crossing at 4.414. Second resistance is the 25% retracement level of the October-April decline crossing at 4.438. First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.128. Second support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.077.

The U.S. Dollar closed higher on Thursday as it extends the rebound off Monday's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought, diverging but are turning bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If June extends this month's rally, weekly resistance crossing at 85.85 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 82.86 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is last Thursday's high crossing at 85.46. Second resistance is weekly resistance crossing at 85.85. First support is Monday's low crossing at 83.07. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 82.86.

Gold closed lower due to profit taking on Thursday as it consolidated some of the rally off February's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought, diverging but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If June extends this year's rally into uncharted territory, upside targets are hard to project. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1176.40 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is Wednesday's high crossing at 1249.20. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1201.40. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1176.40.



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