Friday, May 7, 2010

Stage is Set For Lower Crude Oil Numbers Next Week


Crude oil closed lower on Friday as it extends this week's decline. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If June extends this week'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 83.51 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 82.23. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 83.52. First support is today's low crossing at 74.51. Second support is the 87% retracement level of the February-April rally crossing at 72.86.

Natural gas closed higher due to short covering on Friday as it consolidates above trading range support crossing at 3.914. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If June renews this winter's decline, weekly support crossing at 3.502 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.119 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.119. Second resistance is the 25% retracement level of the October-April decline crossing at 4.438. First support is Thursday's low crossing at 3.855. Second support is weekly support crossing at 3.502.

The U.S. Dollar closed lower due to profit taking on Friday as it consolidated some of this month's rally. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to 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 82.01 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is Thursday's high crossing at 85.46. Second resistance is weekly resistance crossing at 85.85. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 83.04. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 82.01.

Gold closed higher on Friday as it extends the rally off February's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If June extends this year's rally, December's high crossing at 1230.00 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1163.20 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is today's high crossing at 1214.90. Second resistance is December's high crossing at 1230.00. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 1177.10. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1163.20.




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