Saturday, October 20, 2012

Crude Oil, Natural Gas and Gold Weekly Technical Outlook for Saturday Oct. 20th

It's our favorite part of the weekend, let's check in with the staff at Oil N' and get their call on crude oil, natural gas and gold.....

Crude oil stayed in range above 87.70 last week and outlook remains unchanged. The fall from 100.42 is still in favor to continue for 61.8% retracement of 77.28 to 100.42 at 86.12 and possibly below. Though, in that case, we'd expect strong support ahead of 77.28 to contain downside. Meanwhile, break of 93.66 will flip bias to the upside for a test on 100.42 resistance.

In the bigger picture, current development suggests that price actions from 114.83 are a triangle consolidation pattern. Fall from 100.42 is likely the fifth and the last leg of such consolidation. Having said that, downside should be contained above 77.28 and bring an upside breakout eventually. Break of 110.55 will strongly suggest that whole rebound from 33.29 has resumed for above 114.83.

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.

Nymex Crude Oil Continuous Contract 4 Hour, Daily, Weekly and Monthly Charts

Natural gas edged higher to 3.647 last week but upside momentum is not too convincing for the moment. Nonetheless, near term outlook stays bullish as long as 3.398 support holds. Current rally is still expected to continue to medium term channel resistance next (now at around 3.92). However, break of 3.398 will indicate that a short term top is at least formed and will turn near term outlook bearish for at least a deep pull back.

In the bigger picture, recent developments argued that medium term decline from 6.108 is completed at 1.902 already. It's bit early to confirm but bullish convergence condition in weekly MACD suggests that the down trend from 13.694 (2008 high) is possibly over too. Sustained break of the channel resistance (now at around 3.92) will set the stage for a test on 4.983 key resistance next. Meanwhile, break of 2.575 support will argue that the rebound from 1.902 is over and the medium larger down trend is still in progress for a new low.

In the longer term picture, decisive break of 3.255 resistance will be an important signal of long term bottoming reversal and could at least give a push to 4.983/6.108 resistance zone.

Nymex Natural Gas Continuous Contract 4 Hour, Daily, Weekly and Monthly Charts

Gold's fall from 1798.1 extended further last week and breached 1720 support. The development argues that rebound from 1526.7 has completed at 1798.1 already. Deeper decline would now be seen to 38.2% retracement of 1526.7 to 1798.1 at 1694.4 and below. On the upside above 1755 resistance is needed to signal short term bottoming. Otherwise, outlook will now stay mildly bearish in near term.

In the bigger picture, price actions from 1923.7 high are viewed as a medium term consolidation pattern. There is no indication that such consolidation is finished, and more range trading could be seen. In any case, downside of any falling leg should be contained by 1478.3/1577.4 support zone and bring rebound. Meanwhile, break of 1792.7/1804.4 resistance zone will argue that the long term uptrend is possibly resuming for a new high above 1923.7.

In the long term picture, with 1478.3 support intact, there is no change in the long term bullish outlook in gold. While some more medium term consolidation cannot be ruled out, we'd anticipate an eventual break of 2000 psychological level in the long run

Comex Gold Continuous Contract 4 Hour, Daily, Weekly and Monthly Charts

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