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Monday, January 23, 2012

European Union Ban on Iranian Imports Give Crude Oil Bulls a Boost

March crude oil closed higher on Monday for the first time in four days after the European Union agreed to ban crude imports from Iran, raising concern that retaliation from the Islamic Republic may disrupt oil supply from the Middle East. A 27 nation bloc indicated that it would implement the crude embargo starting July 1 to pressure the country over its nuclear program.

Iran has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, the transit point for about a fifth of global oil, if its exports are banned. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Tuesday. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term.

If March extends this month's decline, December's low crossing at 92.95 is the next downside target. Closes above the reaction high crossing at 102.24 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the reaction high crossing at 102.24. Second resistance is this month's high crossing at 103.90. First support is today's low crossing at 97.40. Second support is December's low crossing at 92.95.

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