Sunday, February 28, 2010

Weekend Gold, Silver, Oil & Index Charts

From guest analyst Chris Vermeulen....

Three weeks ago on February 5th, we saw an extremely high level of fear in the market with selling vs. buying volume at a 9:1 ratio. We note that in 2009 this extreme level of fear occurred at the bottom of each significant pullback.

Since this panic selling low in February 2010 we have seen stocks and commodities work their way higher, which we expected. Overall the broad market looks as though it’s trying to make a move higher.

Below are some ETF charts of gold, silver, oil and the indexes.



Gold lead the market higher in 2009 and also lead the market lower in December of 2009. It looks as though gold could be starting a new trend higher.

You can see the clean breakout of the down channel and then a test of the channel at support. This type of price action also forms an inverse head and shoulders pattern for those who like trading patterns.  This is very bullish price action.

SLV Silver ETF – Daily Trading Chart
Silver has much of the same chart features as gold, but is slightly skewed. This is not particularly surprising though, as silver virtually always behaves with less defined chart patterns due to its characteristically funky price action.



USO Oil Fund – Daily Trading Chart

As with gold and silver, oil’s trading chart has formed a pivot low also, but the trend line is much steeper than what I am looking for. I prefer a flatter trend line as price growth is more sustainable.

As you can see in on the USO chart, back in December price rallied at almost the same angle as is currently the case, and then notice what happened. Once the momentum died out the price dropped straight back down. I call steep trends like this a Parabolic Rally.

Scroll up and look at the first chart (GLD) and observe the parabolic rally going into December. It too suffered a sharp drop straight back down when momentum died out.



Stock Indexes – SP500, Dow Jones, Russell 2000

Last week the market sold down the first half of the week, then bounced back up forming a possible pivot low. The daily chart for these indexes look virtually the same as the GLD, SLV and USO charts above for the past 5 trading sessions.

But, one little thing has me concerned….
When looking at the 5 minute intraday charts (posted below) you can see at the very last minute before the market closed HUGE selling volume flooded the ETFs. The market ended up losing all of its gain for the day.

With any luck this was just end of the month hedge, mutual fund, etc. portfolio rebalancing. But I am somewhat concerned that more of this selling could step back into the market Monday or Tuesday.



Weekend Trading Conclusion:

Overall, last week started on a negative note but ended strong after forming a reversal pattern.

It looks as though stocks and commodities have formed an ABC retrace pattern and are now ready to move higher.

How much higher you ask?

Well, I believe 2010 is going to be a traders market. I envision an 8-12 month sideways consolidation (large bull flag) forming. If this materializes then buying on over sold dips, as we did on Feb 5th, and scaling out on strength at resistance levels will be our goal in the coming months.

A bunch of 4-8% trades is what I’m figuring, but with leveraged etfs we can double and triple those type of returns. Now that is something to anticipate with delighted optimism!

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Saturday, February 27, 2010

Crude Oil Weekly Technical Outlook


Crude oil turned into consolidation after edging high to 80.51 initially last week and turned and dipped to as low as 77.05. Nevertheless, with 75.69 resistance turned support intact, rise from 69.05 should still be in progress. Indeed, Friday's strong rebound indicates that consolidation from 80.51 might have completed already. Initial bias is cautiously on the upside this week. Break of 80.51 will confirm rise resumption and should target a retest on 83.95 high next. On the downside, in case of another fall, outlook will remain bullish as long as 75.69 support holds. However, break of 75.69 will argue that rebound from 69.50 has completed and will turn focus back to this low.

In the bigger picture, crude oil was supported above mentioned 68.59 key support and thus, there was no confirmation of medium term reversal. The strong rebound from 72.43 dampened our bearish view and argue that medium term rise from 33.2 might not be over yet. Nevertheless, as such rise from 33.2 is treated as a correction to whole decline from 147.27 only, even in case of another high above 83.95, we'd continue to expect strong resistance near to 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 to bring reversal. On the downside, though, break of 69.50 support will now indicate that crude oil has topped out in medium term already and turn outlook bearish.

In the long term picture, there is no change in the view that fall from 147.27 is part of the correction to the five wave sequence from 98 low of 10.65. While the rebound from 33.2 is strong and might continue, there is no solid evidence that suggest fall 147.27 is completed and we're still preferring the case that rebound from 33.2 is merely a corrective rise only. Having said that, strong resistance should be seen between 76.77/90.24 fibo resistance zone and bring reversal for another low below 33.2 before completing the whole correction from 147.27..... Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.


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Friday, February 26, 2010

Weak Dollar Gives Crude Oil Bulls New Life


Crude oil closed higher due to short covering on Friday as it consolidates some of Thursday's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top is in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 77.06 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If May resumes this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63 is the next upside target.

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 81.15
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63

First support is Thursday's low crossing at 77.44
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 77.06

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Natural gas closed higher due to short covering on Friday as it consolidates above the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.819. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher 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 May extends this week's decline, December's low crossing at 4.656 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.257 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 5.110
Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.257

First support is today's low crossing at 4.803
Second support is December's low crossing at 4.656

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The U.S. Dollar closed lower on Friday as it consolidates below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Monday. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging and are turning neutral to bearish signaling that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.27 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.27
Second support is Tuesday's low crossing at 80.15


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Obama Administration Misses Deadline for Offshore Drilling Study


The Obama administration failed to meet a deadline for submitting a court-ordered analysis of the environmental effects of offering new leases to drill in Alaskan coastal waters, the oil industry said Thursday.

A federal appeals court last year had invalidated the Interior Department's current five year plan for offering oil and gas leases, saying that the government hadn't conducted an adequate review of the environmental impact in the Beaufort, Bering and Chukchi seas off the Alaskan coast. The Interior Department's Minerals Management Service has been conducting such a review and is supposed to respond to the court.

"We are disappointed MMS has again missed a deadline to provide the court with the analysis it ordered last April," Jack Gerard, the chief executive of the American Petroleum Institute, said in a statement. "This will delay investment decisions, delay the production of much-needed oil and natural gas and delay the creation of much-needed jobs."

An Interior Department spokeswoman said that the federal government was working on an approach to drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf soon.

"The secretary expects to be making an announcement about a comprehensive approach on the OCS in the coming weeks," spokeswoman Kendra Barkoff said.

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Crude Rises in New York as U.S. Economic Growth Signals Increased Demand


Crude oil rose after a report showed the U.S. economy grew at a 5.9 percent annual rate in the fourth quarter, signaling that fuel demand may climb in the world’s biggest energy consuming country. Oil increased as much as 2.3 percent after the Commerce Department said gross domestic product gained by the most in six years. The growth rate was higher than the government reported last month. Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke said this week that the U.S. economy is in a “nascent” recovery.

“The positive GDP number is putting upward pressure on prices,” said Peter Beutel, president of trading adviser Cameron Hanover Inc. in New Canaan, Connecticut. “We are going to be focused on anything that gives an indication of where the economy is going.” Crude oil for April delivery rose $1.70, or 2.2 percent, to $79.87 a barrel at 10:41 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The April contract is down 0.2 percent this week.

Gasoline for March delivery climbed 4.3 cents, or 2.1 percent, to $2.08 a gallon in New York. The increase in prices accelerated as the dollar dropped against the euro. A weaker U.S. currency bolsters the appeal of raw materials as an alternative investment. The greenback traded at $1.3627 per euro, down 0.6 percent from $1.3548 yesterday. Oil fell 2.3 percent yesterday after the number of Americans filing first time claims for unemployment benefits unexpectedly gained in the week ended Feb. 20, and durable goods orders excluding transportation dropped in January.....Read the entire article.


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Crude Oil Daily Technical Outlook For Friday Morning


Crude oil's consolidation from 80.51 continues today and intraday bias remains neutral. While deeper retreat cannot be ruled out, note that rise from 69.50 is in favor to continue as long as 75.69 support holds. Above 80.51 will target a retest on 83.95 high. However, break of 75.69 will argue that rebound from 69.50 has completed and will turn focus back to this low.

In the bigger picture, crude oil was supported above mentioned 68.59 key support and thus, there was no confirmation of medium term reversal. The strong rebound from 72.43 dampened our bearish view and argue that medium term rise from 33.2 might not be over yet. Nevertheless, as such rise from 33.2 is treated as a correction to whole decline from 147.27 only, even in case of another high above 83.95, we'd continue to expect strong resistance near to 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 to bring reversal. On the downside, though, break of 69.50 support will now indicate that crude oil has topped out in medium term already and turn outlook bearish.....Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.


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Thursday, February 25, 2010

Crude Oil Signals Show Overbought Condition, Do we Have a Top?


Crude oil closed lower on Thursday as it consolidates some of this month's rally. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top is in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.80 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If May resumes this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63 is the next upside target.

Thursday evenings pivot point, our line in the sand is 78.58

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 81.15
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63

First support is today's low crossing at 77.44
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.80

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Natural gas closed lower on Thursday and tested the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.819. 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 May extends this week's decline, December's low crossing at 4.656 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.272 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted.

Natural gas pivot point for Thursday evening is 4.811

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 5.167
Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.272

First support is today's low crossing at 4.808
Second support is December's low crossing at 4.656

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The U.S. Dollar closed lower due to profit taking on Thursday as it consolidates below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are neutral signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.23 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.23
Second support is Tuesday's low crossing at 80.15

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Gold GLD Outperforming Gold Mining Stocks GDX

Gold, the SPDR Gold Shares (NYSE: GLD) and the Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (NYSE: GDX, have turned positive this morning, in the aftermath of intense selling pressure earlier in the session. This is a sign of meaningful relative strength in the sector, but the day is young yet. Looking at the GDX chart, today's spike low at 41.35 followed by a powerful upmove to 42.50, where it continues to sustain since the opening few minutes, has the look and the feel of the completion of the correction from the 2/18 high at 45.56. With that in mind, I am looking for confirmation of today's low upon an upside penetration of 43.05.



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Phil Flynn: Bens Magic


Is Ben Bernanke losing his influence over the Energy Market? Oh sure bleak Ben told the market yesterday that interest rates would stay low for infinity and that the economy was not ready for the training wheels you come off but his words seemed to lack the wallop that his words had in the past. Oh sure we got a break in the dollar the stock market and oil dutifully rallied yet at the end of the day it does not seem to be a market game changer like Ben has given us in the past. Perhaps the reason in part that the market realizes that despite the promise low interest rates until the second coming Bens words will have less impact on the value of oil because his words will have less impact on the value of the dollar.

Over the past year it is obvious that Fed Monetary policy of negative interest rates has been the major factor in the rebound in oil. That was in part because the dollar got smashed and the imaginary belive that somehow the EURO was a better currency. Yet does anyone belive that now? On one TV screen you have Ben saying that low interest rates and are here to stay and on the other screen that Greek strikers on the other protesting financial reforms? When you look at that and no matter when you think the Fed will really raise interest rates, will it really make the dollar look worse against the Euro?

We have been living in a world of negative interest rates since last March and to be honest with you the dollar has priced in that scenario to death, Yet now that scenario is changing. Low interest rate promises by the Fed are no longer an excuse to trash the dollar and prop up the euro or even the yen for that matter. Yes the dollar may see some ups and downs yet based on the problems in the rest of the world it appears that the dollar even with low interest rates and record budget deficits the dollar is still undervalued against other global currencies. The Dollar took the brunt of the credit crisis and secretly Ben embraced that. The weak dollar set the stage for the carry trade and helped bail out global banks. Yet now despite bens pronouncement and commitment to low rates the market is showing that rates cannot stay low forever. We see record and near record spreads in the yield curve sending a signal that the market won’t stand for this forever and Ben wants to temper expectations so he can keep the carry trade money machine chugging a little longer. But with the increase in the discount rate and decision within the Fed we all know that we are getting closer to an exit every day so oil bulls cannot on the Fed and this Ben Bernanke inspired rally to go on forever

Oil bulls also bought because we are getting a winter storm in the Northeast, others because we saw an increase in gas demand. But won’t one offset the other? The Energy Information Agency reported a surge in refinery runs to an unimpressive level of 81.2%. The EIA reported that crude inventories increased by 3.0 million barrels, gasoline inventories decreased by 0.9 million barrels and distillate fuel inventories decreased by 0.6 million barrels.

Long term Phil is still bearish on oil. You can contact Phil by emailing him at pflynn@pfgbest.com! Also you can see Phil online today on Fox Business network online and on TV. Check it out!

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Crude Prices Decline, Following Equity Markets After U.S. Economic Reports


Crude oil fell the most in three weeks as U.S. jobless claims and manufacturing orders trailed forecasts, stirring concern that the global economic recovery may falter and crimp energy demand growth. Oil decreased as much as 3.7 percent to the lowest level in a week as the number of Americans filing first time claims for unemployment insurance unexpectedly increased last week, and durable goods excluding transportation declined in January.

“It’s going to take better jobs, better consumer confidence, better business confidence and getting everything going into a better direction before you can support crude oil in a $75 to $80 level,” said Adam Sieminski, chief energy economist at Deutsche Bank AG in Washington.

Crude oil for April delivery fell $2.71, or 3.4 percent, to $77.29 a barrel at 11:36 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the biggest decline since Feb. 4. Earlier, it touched $80.32. Oil has dropped 2.6 percent this year.

Initial jobless applications rose by 22,000 to 496,000 in the week ended Feb. 20, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. The total number of people receiving unemployment insurance gained and those receiving extended benefits decreased.

Orders for durable goods fell 0.6 percent, the biggest drop since August, figures from the Commerce Department showed today in Washington. Bookings for all goods meant to last several years rose 3 percent, more than anticipated and reflecting a jump in commercial aircraft.....Read the entire article.


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New Video: Making Sense of Today's Gold Market


It's been about eight days since we did a video on gold, and given the market action today we thought we would look at what is causing the downward pressure in this market.

If you did not watch our last video on gold, we strongly recommend that you watch the video titled "Five Reasons Why Gold Will Not Make a New High This Time" as it will give you a bigger picture of how we see this market playing out in the next 12 months.

In today's short video we look at an indicator that we have not talked about before in any of our videos. The indicator, which is an overlay on top of the chart, is called the Donchian Channel Indicator.

Richard Donchian, who has since passed away, came up with this indicator in the late '40s. The reason why we like this indicator is the fact that it has successfully stood the test of time. We think you'll really enjoy seeing how it can help you make money in the gold market.

Also in this video, we point out one very important cycle that is in play now and where I think the next tradable low is coming into this market.


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Crude Oil Daily Technical Outlook For Thursday


Crude oil continues to stay in tight range below 80.51 today and intraday bias remains neutral for the moment. Deeper retreat to 4 hours 55 EMA (now at 78.12) cannot be ruled out. But after all, rise from 69.50 is in favor to continue as long as 75.69 support holds. Above 80.51 will target a retest on 83.95 high. However, note that Break of 75.69 will argue that rebound from 69.50 has completed and will turn focus back to this low.

In the bigger picture, crude oil was supported above mentioned 68.59 key support and thus, there was no confirmation of medium term reversal. The strong rebound from 72.43 dampened our bearish view and argue that medium term rise from 33.2 might not be over yet. Nevertheless, as such rise from 33.2 is treated as a correction to whole decline from 147.27 only, even in case of another high above 83.95, we'd continue to expect strong resistance near to 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 to bring reversal. On the downside, though, break of 69.50 support will now indicate that crude oil has topped out in medium term already and turn outlook bearish..... Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.


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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Gold, Silver & Stock Indices on the Verge of Rolling Over?

From guest analyst Chris Vermeulen....

This week has been playing out as we expected. Last week we saw the market rally on light volume into a resistance zone on the daily chart. Light volume rallies are always a warning sign, much like the “Calm before a Storm”.

The way I look at bearish price action....

The First Heavy Selling Volume Day – I see this as large institution selling massive amounts of investments (stocks & commodities) because prices have risen enough for them to book profits OR they know something we don’t and they are getting out before the majority of traders find out.

Light Volume Rally/Drift Higher – After a heavy volume sell off we tend to see prices drift higher on light volume. This is when the institutions stop dumping investments and allow the retail investors (Un-educated Traders) to buy the market back up.

Bear Market Trend – In a down trend we see these two phases enter and exit the market. These patterns happen on every time frame from tick charts to yearly charts. Trends vary in length from 1-2 cycles and sometimes 10-20 cycles and more…

Current Market Conditions

So far this week we have seen the market sell down on increasing volume which is bearish and is pointing to lower prices. On Wednesday we saw prices move up on light volume with volatility rising into the close with a short wave of selling. This was indicating to me that sellers were starting to enter the market again.

The daily chart below clearly shows the heavy selling and drift higher on declining volume. The market is now trading deep into a resistance zone and looking ready to drop.



SP500 Intraday 2 Hour Candle Charts

You can see the same selling patterns repeat themselves. Since the Feb 5th bottom we have been forming a much larger bear flag which makes me think a BIG drop is only days away.



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Both stocks and precious metals are trading with the same chart patterns and volume levels. So if you are wondering about gold, silver and oil, I am seeing a similar scenario playing out for them also.

The reason I keep bringing these bearish patterns up in my reports is because once you master trading in a down market then you can make money during some of the fasted moving times in the market. I have always preferred shorting the market because prices drop much quicker then they rise. So profits are made quickly.

Also, if the broad market does eventually roll over later this year, and I am not saying it is, but “IF” it does, then you will feel somewhat comfortable with the positions we will be taking.

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Crude Oil Bulls Cling to a Near Term Advantage


Crude oil closed higher on Wednesday and remains poised to extend the rally off this month's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.60 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

Crude oil pivot point, our line in the sand is 79.68

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 81.15
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 78.32
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.60

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Natural gas closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidated some of this week's decline. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If May extends this week's decline, the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.819 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.293 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted.

Natural gas pivot point for Wednesday evening is 4.861

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 5.218
Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.293

First support is today's low crossing at 4.859
Second support is the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.819

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The U.S. Dollar closed lower due to light profit taking on Wednesday as it consolidates below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are neutral signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.15 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 80.15
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.15


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Phil Flynn: I Have Confidence


I have confidence in sunshine, I have confidence in rain, I have confidence that spring will come again. But confidence in the economy may knock the confidence out of me. Strength may not lie in numbers but the numbers are not showing strength.
What can only be described as a stunning drop in consumer confidence went a long way in shaking the confidence of even the most steadfast bull. The Conference Board, after reporting an increase in consumer confidence last month, posted an ignominious drop from a lofty height of 56.5 reading in January to a pathetic 46.0 reading in the month of February.

What made this number feel even worse was it followed weak business confidence numbers in Germany leading to worries that Europe’s credit woes are having an impact on the business climate throughout the region. The IFO business climate index in Germany fell for the first time in eleven months, to 95.2 from 95.8 in January, below economists' forecast of 96.4 as concerns over Greece debt issues are taking its toll. These dual concerns gave a rise to the dollar and put pressure on commodities across the board as oil seemed to lead many commodities to the downside.

Oh sure it helped that it appeared that the strike in France is over and that the refinery shutdown was going to be settled. The Wall Street Journal Claire Rangel reported that Total said, "it had concluded talks with trade unions at its French refineries that could lead to the end of the strike that began over a week ago. The French oil major pledged to preserve refining operations in France for five years.

Refinery workers were angry over plans by Total to end refining operations at the sprawling Flanders facility near Dunkirk, which the company committed to keeping open in some form or another. However, Total didn't disclose its intentions for the refining operations at the site, which houses other activities.” This is bearish in two ways. One is obvious that France will be refining product. But the other bearish activity is not as obvious.

Increased French refining activity will add to the global glut of refining capacity. The problems with North Sea production and the Buzzard Oil field is an issue that the market can look beyond. Reuters News, quoting a source at the company, said that the North Sea Buzzard oilfield has started to increase output after a period of much diminished production. With production coming back, that will be one less thing that the bulls can hang onto.

Yet ultimately it was the drop in confidence that was the major factor in the big drop in oil. Let’s face it, even the oil bulls have to admit that the price of oil is being supported by confidence as in confidence that the economy will recover at steady inflation free pace and that demand in China will continue to reduce global oil inventories. Or perhaps confidence that OPEC will get back to being compliant in production cuts. Or confidence that the dollar will stay weak forever. This would allow an inflated oil price due to a weak dollar as opposed to traditional measurements of supply and demand. But if that confidence is shaken then oil will tumble.

I have confidence in spring time! And so does the natural gas market that has declared that for all intents and purposes spring has sprung. Natural gas continues to get pummeled ahead of today’s March expiration. Another sign of spring is melting snow. The snow melted and that had people feeling confident to go back to their cars and drive! The MasterCard SpendingPulse reported that gasoline demand rose 5.8 percent last week after last week’s snow induced 16 month low. The report showed demand at an average 9.36 million barrels of gasoline a day.

We are still maintaining our long term bearish outlook for petroleum. We see oil going down to the $40 region. Iran is still a concern as it appears sanctions are on the horizon. Still we feel the path of least resistance is to the down side.

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Crude Oil Daily Technical Outlook Wednesday Morning


Intraday bias in crude oil remained neutral for the moment and retreat from 80.51 could extend further to 4 hours 55 EMA (now at 77.69) But still, rise fro 69.50 is in favor to continue as long as 75.69 support holds. Above 80.51 will target a retest on 83.95 high. However, note that Break of 75.69 will argue that rebound from 69.50 has completed and will turn focus back to this low.

In the bigger picture, crude oil was supported above mentioned 68.59 key support and thus, there was no confirmation of medium term reversal. The strong rebound from 72.43 dampened our bearish view and argue that medium term rise from 33.2 might not be over yet. Nevertheless, as such rise from 33.2 is treated as a correction to whole decline from 147.27 only, even in case of another high above 83.95, we'd continue to expect strong resistance near to 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 to bring reversal. On the downside, though, break of 69.50 support will now indicate that crude oil has topped out in medium term already and turn outlook bearish.....Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.


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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Oil Rises After Dollar Declines, Report Shows Drop in U.S. Crude Supplies


Crude oil rose in New York after an industry report showed U.S. stockpiles declined and the dollar dropped, increasing the incentive to buy commodities.

Crude inventories fell 3.14 million barrels last week, the American Petroleum Institute said late yesterday. The drop is counter to analysts’ expectations of an increase in a U.S. Energy Information Administration report due today. The dollar snapped two days of gains against the euro as the Federal Reserve will maintain interest rates to support economic growth.

“Everyone is expecting a 2 million barrel build but you’ve got API showing a 3 million barrel draw,” said Clarence Chu, a trader with options dealers Hudson Capital Energy in Singapore. “This is making people nervous but they’re waiting to see the EIA numbers to confirm. The dollar will continue to be significant in terms of moving the market.”

Crude oil for April delivery rose as much as 47 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $79.33 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was at $79.21 at 13:03 p.m. Singapore time. Yesterday, futures declined 1.6 percent to settle at $78.86.

Prices also gained today as the dollar fell against the euro. Fed Chairman Ben S. Bernanke is expected to tell Congress in testimony starting today that the U.S. Federal Reserve’s increase in discount interest rate last week won’t be a prelude to changes in the benchmark borrowing costs. The dollar traded at $1.3534 per euro at 12:47 p.m. Singapore time, from $1.3507 yesterday.....Read the entire article.


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Crude Oil Bulls Lose Round Two, Hold Slight Advantage For Wednesday


Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Tuesday as it consolidated some of the rally off this month's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.33 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

Tuesday evening's pivot point, our line in the sand is 79.26

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 81.15
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 77.78
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.33

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Natural gas closed lower on Tuesday as it extends last Friday's breakout below the lower boundary of this month's trading range, which crosses at 5.060. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If March extends this week's decline, the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.281 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted.

Natural gas pivot point for Tuesday evening is 4.856

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 5.221.
Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.281.

First support is today's low crossing at 4.773
Second support is the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734

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The U.S. Dollar closed higher on Tuesday ending a two day correction off last Friday's high but remains below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.04 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is today's low crossing at 80.15
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.04



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Tension Builds As British Start Drilling For Oil In Contested Falkland Islands


The most hotly contested piece of land in the world has just discovered oil.

British oil and gas exploration company Desire Petroleum started drilling today sixty miles off coast of the Falkland Islands. The South Atlantic territory may contain 3.5 billion barrels of oil and significant quantities of natural gas, according to CNN.

But the enterprise risks reigniting a sovereignty dispute between Argentina and the UK, which led to a two month war in 1982.

Although the islands are occupied by British troops and pay tribute to the Queen, they are self governed and self supporting.

President Cristina Fernandez has ruled out any military action to stop the drilling, according to the AP. However, she is leading a diplomatic campaign that may face the emergent powers of Latin America against the lame duck empire.

Argentina has unilateral regional support in its claim to the islands, including the vociferous backing of Venezuela's Hugo Chavez.

Reuters:
"The British are desperate for oil since their own fields in the North Sea are now being depleted," Chavez said in a televised speech. When will England stop breaking international law? Return the Malvinas to Argentina!"

"The English are desperate, the Yankees are desperate and here we have the biggest petroleum reserves in the world," Chavez said.



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New Video: Looking At Silver for All the Wrong Reasons


Late in 2009 a lot of folks began asking us about buying silver instead of gold. At the time, we stated exactly how we felt, in that, why would you try to buy something that is not in the same league as gold? The two markets are completely different and are driven by a different set of emotions and fundamentals.

This is the first video that we have done on silver in quite some time, but we think it's an important one for you to see.

One of the standout features that I noticed was the fact that when gold was making new all time highs in early December, silver failed to take out the March 2008 high. I consider this to be a negative.

In this short video you will very quickly see how we feel about silver and how you can benefit from looking at this market from a different perspective.

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Crude Oil Drops More Than $2 as U.S. Consumer Confidence Falls


Crude oil fell more than $2 a barrel as confidence among U.S. consumers dropped in February to the lowest level in 10 months, a signal that energy demand may be slow to recover.

Oil for April delivery decreased as much as 2.6 percent from a five week high as the Conference Board’s confidence index weakened to 46, lower than anticipated, from a revised 56.5 in January. A report earlier today showed German business confidence declined for the first time in 11 months in February.

“This is a huge drop from the Conference Board,” said Phil Flynn, vice president of research at PFGBest in Chicago. “If consumers are going back into the hole, the likelihood of gasoline demand being strong is pretty weak.”

Crude oil for April delivery declined $1.94, or 2.4 percent, to $78.37 a barrel at 10:15 a.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier, it touched $78.22 a barrel.
Yesterday, the March contract expired at $80.16, capping a five day rally of 8.1 percent.

The Ifo institute in Munich reported earlier today that its business climate index, based on a survey of 7,000 executives, fell to 95.2 from 95.8 in January. Economists expected a gain to 96.1, according to the median of 37 forecasts in a Bloomberg News survey.....Read the entire article.


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Traders Come to Their Senses, Crude Oil Trades Sharply Lower


Crude oil plummets in European session as investors see price above 80 not justifiable with weak fundamentals. Crude oil traded sharply lower due to profit taking overnight as it consolidates some of this month's rally. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If May extends this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.32 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

Tuesday's pivot point, our line in the sand is 80.25

First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 81.15
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 81.63

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 77.77
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 76.32

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Natural gas was lower overnight as it extends last week's decline. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If March extends the overnight decline, the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.285 would confirm that a short term low has been posted.

Natural gas pivot point for Tuesday is 4.904

First resistance is Monday's gap crossing at 5.008
Second resistance is broken trading range support crossing at 5.060

First support is Monday's low crossing at 4.841
Second support is the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734

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The U.S. Dollar was higher overnight hinting that the two day correction off last Friday's high might be ending. Despite the overnight rally, March remains below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are neutral hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.03 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 80.03
Second support is last Wednesday's low crossing at 79.61

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Crude Oil Daily Technical Outlook For Tuesday


With 4 hours MACD crossed below signal line again, an intraday top is in place at 80.51 and bias is turned neutral. Some consolidations could be seen, with risk of retreat to 4 hours 55 EMA (now at 77.40). But downside should be contained above 75.69 support and bring another rise. Above 80.51 will target a retest on 83.95 high. However, note that Break of 75.69 will argue that rebound from 69.50 has completed and will turn focus back to this low.

In the bigger picture, crude oil was supported above mentioned 68.59 key support and thus, there was no confirmation of medium term reversal. The strong rebound from 72.43 dampened our bearish view and argue that medium term rise from 33.2 might not be over yet. Nevertheless, as such rise from 33.2 is treated as a correction to whole decline from 147.27 only, even in case of another high above 83.95, we'd continue to expect strong resistance near to 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 to bring reversal. On the downside, though, break of 69.50 support is now needed to indicate that crude oil has topped out.....Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.


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Monday, February 22, 2010

Where is Crude Oil Headed on Tuesday?

CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets, and looks ahead to where oil is likely headed tomorrow.




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Crude Oil Bulls Continue to Maintain Slight Near Term Advantage


Crude oil closed higher on Monday as it extends the rally off this month's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If March extends this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 80.72 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 75.30 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is today's high crossing at 80.51
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 80.72

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 76.30
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 75.30

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Natural gas gapped down and closed lower on Monday as it extended last Friday's breakout below the lower boundary of this month's trading range, which crosses at 5.060. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If March extends today's decline, the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.323 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted.

First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 5.265
Second resistance is the 20-day moving average crossing at 5.323

First support is today's low crossing at 4.841
Second support is the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734

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The U.S. Dollar closed lower on Monday due to profit taking as it consolidates below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are turning neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 79.93 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 80.31
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 79.93

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Crude Oil Fluctuates Near $80 a Barrel on Total Strike and Dollar's Increase


Oil fluctuated near $80 a barrel as strikes at Total SA refineries and depots in France supported prices of refined products such as gasoline and the dollar strengthened against the euro. Oil rose to a five week high after gasoline futures gained as much as 2 percent amid union calls on Total workers to extend walkouts. The dollar’s advance makes oil and other commodities less attractive as an alternative investment.

“Once you get up to the $80 level, it’s just having trouble maintaining that,” said Kyle Cooper, a managing director at energy consultant IAF Advisors in Houston. Demand from industrialized countries “just doesn’t support it. I think we’re stuck in a very broad range of $70 to $80 until something decisive happens.”

Crude oil for March delivery increased 27 cents to $80.08 a barrel at 1:46 p.m. on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier it touched $80.51, the highest price since Jan. 13. The March contract expires at the close of trading today. The more-active April contract gained 27 cents to $80.33.

Workers at Total’s six French oil-processing plants and six of its 31 storage depots have been on strike since Feb. 16 to protest against the permanent shutdown of refining at its Flanders plant in northern France. The strike comes as weak demand has curtailed refinery production worldwide.

“When you have that coupled with the situation in the U.S. with the low run rates, it’s constructive for the overall market,” said John Kilduff, a partner at Round Earth Capital, a New York based hedge fund that focuses on food and energy commodities.....Read the entire article.

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Schlumberger To Buy Smith International In $11 Billion Dollar Deal


Schlumberger Ltd. (SLB) will acquire Smith International (SII) for about $11 billion in an all stock deal that is the year's largest acquisition and will make Schlumberger by far the world's biggest oilfield services company.

The deal, which the companies announced Sunday, will cement Schlumberger's position atop the oil services industry, which helps oil producers locate and drill for oil deposits. After the deal, Schlumberger, already the biggest company in the sector by revenue and market value, would have revenues double that of its nearest rival, Halliburton Co. (HAL), although most analysts expect Schlumberger to sell some assets for antitrust or other reasons.

Under the terms of the deal, Smith shareholders will receive 0.6966 Schlumberger share for each Smith share they own, a 37.5% premium over Smith's share price on Thursday, when news of the deal was first reported. The deal, which must still be approved by shareholders of both companies, is expected to close in the second half of this year. Smith shareholders would own about 12.8% of the combined company.

The $11 billion price tag, which values Smith at $44.51 per share based on Friday's close, was higher than most analysts expected. Dan Pickering, an analyst for energy focused investment bank Tudor Pickering Holt & Co., said some Schlumberger shareholders might also have preferred a cash and stock deal to an all stock deal. But he said the deal makes sense for Schlumberger, which will now be able to package Smith's products with its own services to win more business.


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Crude Oil Bulls Cling to Overbought Conditions, Here's Monday's Numbers


Crude oil opened higher this morning and traded higher overnight as it extends this month's rally. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term.

If March extends this month's rally, the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 80.72 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 75.29 would confirm that a short term top has been posted.

Monday's pivot point, our line in the sand is 79.50

First resistance is the overnight high crossing at 80.51
Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the January-February decline crossing at 80.72

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 76.27
Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 75.29

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Natural gas gapped down and was lower overnight as it extends last Friday's decline below the lower boundary of this winter's trading range crossing at 5.060. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If March extends the overnight decline, the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 5.324 would confirm that a short term low has been posted.

Natural gas pivot point for Monday is 5.073

First resistance is broken trading range support crossing at 5.060
Second resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 5.267

First support is the overnight low crossing at 4.911
Second support is the 87% retracement level of the December-January rally crossing at 4.734

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The U.S. Dollar was lower due to profit taking overnight as it consolidates below the 50% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 81.32. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but are turning neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near.

Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 79.93 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. If March extends this winter's rally, the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92 is the next upside target.

First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 81.43
Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2009 decline crossing at 82.92

First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 80.31
Second support is the 20-day moving average crossing at 79.93

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Dollar & Gold – What’s Next?

From guest analyst Chris Vermeulen....

Last week was strong with stocks and commodities moving up sharply. As nice as it was to see a rally, I still have my doubts whether this move has legs behind it. As prices moved higher throughout the week we saw volume become thinner and thinner.

Basic technical analysis of the recent price action, when looking at the hourly charts is pointing to a sharp pullback. The indexes, gold and silver have both rallied (drifted) higher on declining volume as they near resistance.

Let’s take a quick look at the US Dollar and Gold Charts
The US Dollar has been in a strong rally since the last week of December. The once easy money trade (short the Dollar) has been over for a couple of months but it may be another good trade if gold is rejected here at the 50% retracement level.

The next month or so will be interesting to see whether the dollar will continue to rally or drop like a rock as traders sell Dollars for another easy short trade. There is not much we can do here other than wait for a setup on the daily and hourly charts to form.

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GLD – Gold Daily Chart
Gold still looks very bullish. Actually, the more gold pulls back the more I like the chart. This daily chart shows a very nice bull flag. The price is currently testing the upper trend channel line and this is what makes me think we are going to see a pop in gold prices or a sharp drop.

I would like to see gold pullback one more time and make a new multi-week low before heading higher. We did see extreme fear in the market 2 weeks ago which is when we took some long positions, but the lighter volume rally is not giving me comfort in adding more positions at this time.



Weekend Trading Conclusion:
In short, we nailed the market bottom on February 5th taking some long positions in US and Canadian ETF’s. I tightened our protective stops for these positions a couple days later making sure to protect our hard earned money. The Canadian trades have performed extremely well for us.

Now we just wait for another low risk entry point which could happen this week depending on what the market does.



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Crude Oil Trades Near a Five Week High on Speculation Demand Is Increasing


Crude oil traded near a five week high on speculation energy demand will increase as the global economy recovers from its worst recession since World War II. Global consumption may increase by as much as 1.4 million barrels a day in the second half, Iran’s OPEC governor Mohammad Ali Khatibi said in an interview on the Shana Web site yesterday. Prices pared early gains as the dollar traded little changed after posting its sixth straight weekly increase against the euro, the longest streak since 2000.

“That growth story suggests that oil prices will continue to firm as the global economy recovers,” said Toby Hassall, research analyst with CWA Global Markets Pty in Sydney. “But that firming dollar, if it does continue, that will keep prices fairly well in check.” Crude oil for March delivery rose as much as 30 cents, or 0.4 percent, to $80.11 a barrel in after hours electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was at $80.06 at 7:55 a.m. in Singapore.

The contract, which expires today, rose 0.9 percent to $79.81 on Feb. 19, the highest settlement since Jan. 12. The more actively traded April contract rose 31 cents to $80.37 today. Oil prices climbed 7.7 percent last week, the biggest gain since October, as U.S. refiners lifted operating rates for a second week and the Federal Reserve increased its discount rate for the first time in three years amid signs of recovery in the nation’s economy.....Read the entire article.


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Saturday, February 20, 2010

Crude Oil Weekly Technical Outlook


Crude oil's rise from 69.50 extended further to as high as 80.10 last week and closed strongly at 79.81. The stronger than expected rebound and break of 78.04 resistance suggests that fall from 83.95 has finished with three waves down to 69.50 already. This in turn argues that 83.95 might not be the top yet. Initial bias remains on the upside this week and further rise could be seen to retest 83.95 first. On the downside, below 77.76 minor support will turn intraday bias neutral and bring retreat towards 4 hours 55 EMA (now at 76.24). However, note that break of 72.66 support is needed to indicate that rise from 69.50 has completed. Otherwise, another rise would be in favor.

In the bigger picture, crude oil was supported above mentioned 68.59 key support and thus, there was no confirmation of medium term reversal. The stronger rebound from 72.43 dampened our bearish view and argue that medium term rise from 33.2 might not be over yet. Nevertheless, as such rise from 33.2 is treated as a correction to whole decline from 147.27 only, even in case of another high above 83.95, we'd continue to expect strong resistance near to 50% retracement of 147.27 to 33.2 at 90.24 to bring reversal. On the downside, though, break of 72.43 support is now needed to indicate that crude oil has topped out.

In the long term picture, there is no change in the view that fall from 147.27 is part of the correction to the five wave sequence from 98 low of 10.65. While the rebound from 33.2 is strong and might continue, there is no solid evidence that suggest fall 147.27 is completed and we're still preferring the case that rebound from 33.2 is merely a corrective rise only. Having said that, strong resistance should be seen between 76.77/90.24 fibo resistance zone and bring reversal for another low below 33.2 before completing the whole correction from 147.27.....Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hours Chart.


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