Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Crude Oil Opens at a Four Month High

Crude oil was slightly higher overnight before hitting $100 per barrel for the first time in nearly four months as it extends the rally off Octobers low. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that additional short term gains are possible. If December extends the rally off Octobers low, the 62% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 100.08 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 94.17 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is the 62% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 100.08. Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 105.41. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 97.01. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 94.17.

Natural gas was higher due to short covering overnight as it consolidates some of this week's decline. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If December extends this year's decline, monthly support crossing at 3.225 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.720 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.616. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.720. First support is the overnight low crossing at 3.387. Second support is monthly support crossing at 3.225.

Gold was lower overnight as it consolidates some of last Friday's rally. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought and are turning bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1738.50 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. If December extends the rally off September's low, the 75% retracement level of September's decline crossing at 1826.50 is the next upside target. First resistance is the 75% retracement level of September's decline crossing at 1826.50. Second resistance is the 87% retracement level of September's decline crossing at 1875.10. First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1738.50. Second support is the reaction low crossing at 1681.20.

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