Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Stock Market and Commodities Commentary For Tuesday Evening Sept. 28th

The U.S. stock indexes closed firmer today despite a weak consumer confidence index reading that sunk the U.S. dollar. The indexes this week have hit fresh multi month highs. Bulls still have upside near term technical momentum as the stock market continues to "climb a wall of worry." We are half way through the historically bearish period from September to October, and the stock indexes have so far performed very well. It is my bias that if this autumn were to see serious market turbulence, it would likely have occurred during September.

Crude oil closed down $0.41 at $76.11 a barrel today. Prices closed near mid-range again today. Bulls and bears are on a level near term technical playing field. The next near term upside price objective for the bulls is producing a close above solid technical resistance at the September high of $78.86 a barrel.

Natural gas closed up 4.5 cents at $3.961 today. Prices closed near mid range again today and saw tepid short covering in a bear market. The bears still have the solid overall near term technical advantage. Prices have seen a bearish downside "breakout" from a sideways trading range at lower price levels.

Gold futures closed up $9.80 at $1,308.40 today. Prices today closed near the session high, scored another fresh record high and scored a big and bullish "outside day" up on the daily bar chart, whereby the high is higher and low is lower than the previous day's trading range, with a higher close. A weaker U.S. dollar and safe haven buying interest following some dour U.S. economic data today boosted gold. Gold bulls have the solid overall near term technical advantage and gained more power today.

The U.S. dollar index closed down 33 points at 79.22 today. Prices closed nearer the session low today and hit another fresh eight month low. Prices also scored a bearish "outside day" down on the daily bar chart. Bears have the solid overall near term technical advantage.

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