Monday, September 19, 2011

Crude Oil and Gold Market Commentary For Monday Evening Sept. 19th

The October crude oil contract was immediately on the defensive when it opened today and moved down to the key $85.00 support level. This is a very important area for this market and we would view a close below $85.00 as a very negative sign for crude oil. This would break a support trendline that began on August 9th.

We do not think that the crude oil market is ready to go higher, based on our long term monthly Trade Triangle which remains negative. The $90 a barrel resistance continues to stop this market on the upside. Look for crude oil to continue to move in a sideways to lower manner.

Crude oil closed lower on Monday and below August's uptrend line crossing near 86.62. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought, diverging and are turning bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

Closes below last Monday's low crossing at 85.17 would confirm an end to the corrective rally off August's low while opening the door for a larger degree decline into the end of September. Closes above the May-July downtrend line crossing near 91.86 would confirm an end to this summer's decline. First resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 90.60. Second resistance is the May-July downtrend line crossing near 91.86. First support is last Monday's low crossing at 85.17. Second support is the reaction low crossing at 83.47.

Monthly Trade Triangles for Long Term Trends = Negative
Weekly Trade Triangles for Intermediate Term Trends = Positive
Daily Trade Triangles for Short Term Trends = Negative
Combined Strength of Trend Score = – 75


The gold bulls have to be disappointed with today’s market action even though the longer term trend for gold remains positive. We still believe that the $1,750 area is important support for spot gold. Providing that our monthly and weekly Trade Triangles remain intact, we want to approach this market from the long side.

The Williams % R is once again in an oversold condition. The $1,840 level is resistance for gold at the moment. Support comes in around the $1,775 and extends all the way down to $1,750. Intermediate and long term traders should maintain long positions with the appropriate money management stops in place.

December gold closed lower on Monday as it consolidates below the 20 day moving average. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If December extends this month's decline, the reaction low crossing at 1705.40 is the next downside target. If December renews this year's rally into uncharted territory, upside target are hard to project. First resistance is this month's high crossing at 1920.70. First support is last Friday's low crossing at 1765.40. Second support is the reaction low crossing at 1705.40.

Monthly Trade Triangles for Long Term Trends = Positive
Weekly Trade Triangles for Intermediate Term Trends = Positive
Daily Trade Triangles for Short Term Trends = Negative
Combined Strength of Trend Score = + 55


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