Crude oil closed down $1.66 a barrel at $96.34 on Wednesday. Prices closed near mid-range today and were pressured by a stronger U.S. dollar index and lower U.S. stock indexes. Recent price action in crude hints a near term market top is in place. Crude bulls do still have the overall near term technical advantage.
Natural gas closed up 5.4 cents at $3.615 on Wednesday with prices closing nearer the session high and scoring a bullish “outside day” up on the daily bar chart today. Short covering in a bear market was featured today. Bears still have the solid overall near term technical advantage.
Gold futures closed down $5.00 an ounce at $1,697.50 on Wednesday. Prices closed nearer the session high today, and well up from the daily low, and saw some bargain hunting and short covering late in the session. However, the key “outside markets” were bearish for gold today and kept prices below unchanged. The U.S. dollar index was sharply higher while crude oil and the rest of the commodity sector was lower. Near term technical damage has been inflicted recently.
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