Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Short Covering Gives Crude Oil Bulls Hope.....Bears Still in Charge Here

September crude oil closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidates some of the decline off July's high. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening when Thursday's night session begins. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If September extends the decline off July's high, the 38% retracement level of the April-July rally crossing at 100.27 is the next downside target. Closes above the 10 day moving average crossing at 105.82 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 10 day moving average crossing at 105.82. Second resistance is July's high crossing at 108.93. First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 102.67. Second support is the 38% retracement level of the April-July rally crossing at 100.27.

The September S&P 500 also closed higher on Wednesday. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening when Thursday's night session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1669.72 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If September renews the rally off June's low, upside targets will now be hard to project with the index trading into uncharted territory. First resistance is last Tuesday's high crossing at 1695.50. Second resistance is unknown with September trading into uncharted territory. First support is the reaction low crossing at 1670.50. Second support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1669.73.

September Henry natural gas closed higher due to short covering on Wednesday as it consolidates some of this decline off May's high. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Thursday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold but remain neutral to bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. If September extends the aforementioned decline, January's low crossing at 3.350 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.645 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.645. Second resistance is July's high crossing at 3.833. First support is Tuesday's low crossing at 3.418. Second support is January's low crossing at 3.350.

October gold closed lower on Wednesday while extending the trading range of the past seven days. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening when Thursday's night session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1290.30 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If October renews the rally off June's low, the reaction high crossing at 1395.20 is the next upside target. First resistance is last Wednesday's high crossing at 1348.00. Second resistance is the reaction high crossing at 1395.20. First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1290.30. Second support is July's low crossing at 1208.50.

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