Monday, December 12, 2011

Crude Oil Stochastics and RSI Turn Bearish, Sideways or Lower Prices Likely

Crude oil closed lower on Monday due to concerns over the global economy and the prospect for falling demand near term. A short covering rally tempered early session losses and the high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI have turned bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

Closes below the reaction low crossing at 94.99 are needed to confirm that a short term top has been posted. If January renews the rally off October's low, the 75% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 105.42 is the next upside target.

First resistance is the 75% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 105.42. Second resistance is the 87% retracement level of the May-October decline crossing at 110.46. First support is the reaction low crossing at 94.99. Second support is the reaction low crossing at 89.05.

Look for the $100.00 area basis the January contract to offer stiff resistance for any rallies in this market. We would not be surprised to see this market move down to the lower band of its Donchian Trading Channel, around the $95 level.

With two of our Trade Triangles green, giving us a +65 Chart Analysis Score, it still appears as though the under lying elements of this market remain bullish. Long term, and intermediate term traders should be long this market with appropriate money management stops.


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