February crude oil closed higher on Tuesday as it consolidates some of last week's decline. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If February extends last week's decline, December's low crossing at 92.70 is the next downside target.
If February renews the rally off December's low, the 75% retracement level of the 2011 decline crossing at 104.84 is the next upside target. First resistance is this month's high crossing at 103.74. Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the 2011 decline crossing at 104.84. First support is last Friday's low crossing at 97.70. Second support is December's low crossing at 92.70.
Gold Trend Forecast for the 1st Quarter of 2012