Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Crude Oil Continues to Mirror Action in the Equity Markets

Is the market a buy or short sale? That’s the question that is going through many trader’s minds this week. Should I buy this market, or should I go short this market? At the moment, this market is being driven by perception and sentiment. Eventually that will change and the market will become driven by the direction of the major trend.

Our major trend indicators remain negative on the equity markets. We are also looking at the S&P 500 at the top of the Donchian trading channel. I believe that was the reason for yesterday’s sharp move down.

In order for this market to really get going on the upside it needs to clear the highs of 1230 on the S&P 500 in a convincing fashion.

There is so much confusion in the marketplace right now.....Interest rates, mortgage foreclosures, contagion in Europe and the occupation of Wall Street. The markets always have numerous conflicting thoughts, but eventually the market figures it out and goes the way it wants to go. Our job here at MarketClub is to recognize those changes and alert you to what we are witnessing.

Let's look at todays action in crude oil......

The crude oil market continues to mirror the action in the equity markets. The highs seen yesterday in the December contract at $88.40 a barrel remains to be taken out if this market is going to move higher. With mixed Trade Triangles and a Chart Analysis Score of +70, there is no clear cut direction for this market at the moment. Crude oil is very overbought on the Wiliams % R indicator.

We are looking for a pullback to the $80 a barrel level, which would represent a 61.8% Fibonacci retracement. Our long term Trade Triangles continue to be negative and we expect they will once again dictate the tone of this market. Long term traders should continue to be short the crude oil market.

December crude oil closed up $1.88 a barrel at $88.50 today. Prices closed nearer the session high today, hit a fresh four week high and scored a bullish “outside day” up on the daily bar chart. Crude bulls still the overall near term technical advantage and gained fresh upside momentum today.

Monthly Trade Triangles for Long Term Trends = Negative
Weekly Trade Triangles for Intermediate Term Trends = Positive
Daily Trade Triangles for Short Term Trends = Positive
Combined Strength of Trend Score = + 70

Now, let’s go to today's video and look at the 6 major markets we track every day.

Adam Hewison

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