Monday, February 7, 2011

Higher Food Prices Supports Gold....Can it do the Same for Crude Oil?

Crude oil is trading slightly higher as oil is trying to recover from Fridays beating on disappointing U.S. non-farm payrolls data, still below the psychological barrier of $90. But gold takes the center stage with commodity traders again as higher food prices gives gold bulls a reason to cheer. Higher food prices usually supports gold prices due to increased inflation and political unrest like we are seeing in Egypt. And traders are asking "Is OPEC member Algeria next?" as food prices there soar.

Crude oil stochastics and the RSI are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 10 day moving average crossing at 89.13 would temper the near term friendly outlook. If March renews the rally off January's low, January's high crossing at 93.46 is the next upside target. First resistance is last Monday's high crossing at 92.84. Second resistance is January's high crossing at 93.46. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 89.13. Second support is January's low crossing at 85.11. Crude oil pivot point for Monday morning is 89.72.

Natural gas gapped down and was lower overnight as it renewed the decline off January's high. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but are bearish signaling that additional weakness is possible near term. If March renews the decline off January's high, the 75% retracement level of the October-January rally crossing at 4.097 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.453 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 4.372. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.453. First support is the overnight low crossing at 4.187. Second support is the 75% retracement level of the October-January rally crossing at 4.097. Natural gas pivot point for Monday morning is 4.322.

Gold was lower overnight as it consolidates some of the rally off January's low. Stochastics and the RSI remain bullish hinting that a low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 1353.20 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If February renews the decline off January's high, the 25% retracement level of the 2009-2010 rally crossing at 1296.40 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1353.20. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 1394.70. First support is January's low crossing at 1309.10. Second support is the 25% retracement level of the 2009-2010 rally crossing at 1296.40. Gold pivot point for Monday morning is 1351.80.


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