Friday, May 14, 2010

Crude Oil Finishes the Week Sharply Lower, Bears Maintain Near Term Advantage


Crude oil closed sharply lower on Friday as it extended the decline off April's high but fell short of testing February's low crossing at 70.75. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. 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, February's low crossing at 70.75 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.83 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 77.59. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.83. First support is today's low crossing at 70.83. Second support is February's low crossing at 70.75.

Natural gas closed slightly lower due to light profit taking on Friday as it consolidated some of this week's rally. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. 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 4.119 would temper the near term friendly outlook. First resistance is Thursday'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 4.140. Second support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.119.

The U.S. Dollar closed higher on Friday as it extends this year's rally. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If June extends this month's rally, weekly resistance crossing at 87.22 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 83.13 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is today's high crossing at 86.40. Second resistance is weekly resistance crossing at 87.22. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 84.52. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 83.13.

Gold closed higher on Friday as it extended the rally off February's low. Profit taking tempered early gains and the mid-range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Monday. 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 1181.00 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is today's high crossing at 1249.70. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1206.30. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1181.00.


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