Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Gold Markets Summary For Wednesday October 26th

Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Wednesday as it consolidated some of this month's rally. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but are neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If December extends the rally off this month's low, the 50% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 95.32 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 84.99 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is the 50% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 95.32. Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 100.08. First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 84.99. Second support is the reaction low crossing at 83.40.

Natural gas was lower Wednesday while extending this month's trading range. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but neutral signaling that sideways trading is possible near term. Closes above last Monday's high crossing at 4.039 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If December renews this year's decline, monthly support crossing at 3.225 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 25% retracement level of the June-October decline crossing at 4.133. Second resistance is the 38% retracement level of the June-October decline crossing at 4.336. First support is this month's low crossing at 3.747. Second support is monthly support crossing at 3.225.

Gold closed higher on Wednesday as it extends the rally off September's low. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging but turning bullish signaling that additional strength is possible near term. If December extends the rally off September's low, the 62% retracement level of the 2008-2011 rally crossing at 1775.20 is the next upside target. Closes below last Thursday's low crossing at 1604.70 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is the 50% retracement level of the 2008-2011 rally crossing at 1729.40. Second resistance is the 62% retracement level of the 2008-2011 rally crossing at 1775.20. First support is last Thursday's low crossing at 1604.70. Second support is September's low crossing at 1535.00.


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