Monday, January 9, 2012

Crude Oil, Gold and Natural Gas Market Commentary For Monday Jan. 9th

Crude oil closed lower due to profit taking on Monday as it consolidates some of the rally off December's low. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are overbought but remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If February extends the rally off December's low, the 75% retracement level of the 2011 decline crossing at 104.84 is the next upside target. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 99.00 would signal that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is last Wednesday's high crossing at 103.74. Second resistance is the 75% retracement level of the 2011 decline crossing at 104.84. First support is the 10 day moving average crossing at 100.96. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 99.00.

Natural gas closed lower on Monday as it consolidates below the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.058. Stochastics and the RSI are turning bullish hinting that a low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.140 are needed to confirm that a short term low has been posted. If February renews last year's decline, monthly support crossing at 2.409 is the next downside target. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 3.058. Second resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.140. First support is last Tuesday's low crossing at 2.936. Second support is monthly support crossing at 2.409.

February gold closed lower due to profit taking on Monday as it consolidated some of the rally off December's low. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 1643.70 are needed to confirm that a low has been posted. If February renews the decline off November's high, July's low crossing at 1482.60 is the next downside target. First resistance is last Friday's high crossing at 1632.30. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 1643.70. First support is December's low crossing at 1523.90. Second support is July's low crossing at 1482.60.

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