Thursday, February 3, 2011

Where is Crude Oil Headed on Thursday?

With all of the news coming out of Egypt and Brent Oil finding a new home above $100 you would think it was no where but up for WTI Crude. But Americans are finding little interest in the news out of the middle east as they are more concerned about weather or not the interstate system in the U.S. staying open then the Suez Canal staying open at this point. Most of the U.S. is being rocked by a severe winter storm and oil inventories continue to rise. Crude oil has moved higher this morning, topping $92 dollars as we go to print. But a quick slash of the magic crayon is still telling us that crude may have put in a double top in the first two weeks of the year and will have to top the January high of 93.46 to force us on the bull bus.

Winter storms or news out of Egypt, we'll still use the same numbers. Here's your pivot, support and resistance numbers for Thursday morning.....

Crude oil was higher overnight and poised to renew the rally off last Friday's low. Stochastics and the RSI remain bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If March extends the rally off last Friday's low, January's high crossing at 93.46 is the next upside target. Closes below the 10 day moving average crossing at 89.12 would temper the near term friendly outlook. First resistance is Monday's high crossing at 92.84. Second resistance is January's high crossing at 93.46. First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 90.23. Second support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 89.12. Crude oil pivot point for Thursday morning is 90.91.

Natural gas was lower overnight as it consolidates below key resistance marked by the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.470. However, stochastics and the RSI are oversold and are turning bullish hinting that a short term low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.470 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If March renews the decline off January's high, the 62% retracement level of the October-January rally crossing at 4.225 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 4.470. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 4.601. First support is last Friday's low crossing at 4.252. Second support is the 62% retracement level of the October-January rally crossing at 4.225. Natural gas pivot point for Thursday morning is 4.404.

Gold was slightly higher overnight but continues to consolidate above the 25% retracement level of the 2009-2010 rally crossing at 1296.40. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bullish hinting that a low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 1354.60 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 reaction high crossing at 1349.00. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1354.60. First support is last Friday'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 Thursday morning is 1335.00.


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