Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Stalemate Between European Policy Makers Holds Crude Oil Bulls Back

March crude oil posted an inside day with a lower close on Tuesday. Today's setback was triggered by a stalemate between European policy makers and Greek bondholders over debt relief increased concern that the European credit crisis will spread. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Wednesday.

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 are needed to 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 Monday's low crossing at 97.40. Second support is December's low crossing at 92.95.

With a Chart Analysis Score of -60 today, this market has moved into a trading range. We are longer term positive on this market, however it must move over resistance at $104 to get its upside momentum into high gear. With only our monthly Trade Triangle in a positive mode, we expect we will see further market consolidation in crude oil. Long term traders should be long this market with appropriate money management stops.

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