Thursday, December 9, 2010

Is This all the Crude Oil Bulls Have Got?

Crude oil traders continue their push in this higher trading range but can't seem to push through critical resistance at the 90+ level. Crude oil bulls are supported by newfound optimism on the street that the economic environment in the U.S. will continue to improve. But worries loom about the Ireland and the Euro as Fitch downgrades Ireland's credit rating despite the recent bail out deal. Precious metals have rebounded slightly but sediment has grown extremely bearish on the street across the whole metals sector. Here your trading numbers for Thursday morning.

Crude oil was higher overnight as it consolidates some of this week's decline. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 85.32 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If January extends the rally off November's low, May's high crossing at 93.29 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at 90.76
Second resistance is May's high crossing at 93.29

Crude oil pivot point for Thursday morning is 88.20

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 87.25
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 85.32

Natural gas was higher overnight as it extends the rally off November's low. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If January extends the rally off November's low, the 38% retracement level of the June-November decline crossing at 4.654 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.294 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is the overnight high crossing at 4.637
Second resistance is the 38% retracement level of the June-November decline crossing at 4.654

Natural gas pivot point for Thursday morning is 4.523

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.384
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.294

Gold was slightly higher overnight as it consolidates some of the decline off this week's high. However, stochastics and the RSI have turned bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1377.10 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If March extends this year's rally into uncharted territory, upside targets will now be hard to project.

First resistance is Tuesday's high crossing at 1432.50
Second resistance is 1455.30

Gold pivot point for Thursday morning is 1392.40

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1377.10
Second support is the reaction low crossing at 1352.00


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