Saturday, March 3, 2012

ONG: Crude Oil Weekly Technical Outlook For Saturday March 3rd

Crude oil attempted to extend recent rally last week and hit as high as 110.55. But upside was limited there on steep loss in momentum. A short term top is likely formed. Initial bias is neutral this week for some consolidations. At this point, we'd expect downside of the consolidation to be contained by 38.2% retracement of 95.44 to 110.55 at 104.78 and bring rally resumption. Above 110.55 will target a test on 114.83 key resistance next.

In the bigger picture, the medium term up trend from 33.2 shouldn't be completed yet. Rise from 74.95 is indeed tentatively treated as resumption of such rally. Sustained break of 114.83 will target 61.8% projection of 33.2 to 114.83 from 74.95 at 125.40. On the downside, though, break of 95.44 support will indicate that correction pattern from 114.83 is going to extend further with another falling leg to 74.95 and below before completion.

In the long term picture, crude oil is in a long term consolidation pattern from 147.27, with first wave completed at 33.2. The corrective structure of the rise from 33.2 indicates that it's second wave of the consolidation pattern. While it could make another high above 114.83, we'd anticipate strong resistance ahead of 147.24 to bring reversal for the third leg of the consolidation pattern.

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