Thursday, August 1, 2013

It's show me time for the crude oil bulls.....108.93 becomes the "line in the sand"

Thursdays close in crude oil above the 10 day moving average is giving crude oil bulls fresh momentum. What will they do with it? You know how we love Fridays, it tells us so much about the "will" of commercial traders.

September crude oil closed higher on Thursday following Wednesday's Petroleum Inventory that showed declining Midwest diesel supplies. Today's close above the 10 day moving average crossing at 105.80 confirmed that a short term low has been posted. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening when Friday's night session begins. Stochastics and the RSI are turning neutral to bullish signaling that sideways to higher prices are possible near term. If September extends this week's rally, July's high crossing at 108.93 is the next upside target. Closes below Tuesday's low crossing at 102.67 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. First resistance is today's high crossing at 108.06. 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 closed higher on Thursday and posted a new high for the year. The high range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening when Friday's night session begins trading. Stochastics and the RSI are diverging and remain neutral to bearish hinting that a short term top might be in or is near. Closes below the 20 day moving average crossing at 1673.69 would confirm that a short term top has been posted. If September extends the rally off June's low, upside targets will now be hard to project with the index trading into uncharted territory. First resistance is today's high crossing at 1702.00. Second resistance is unknown with September trading into uncharted territory. First support is the 20 day moving average crossing at 1673.69. Second support is the reaction low crossing at 1670.50.

October gold closed lower on Thursday while extending the trading range of the past eight days. The low range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening when Friday'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 1292.70 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 1292.70. Second support is July's low crossing at 1208.50.

September Henry natural gas closed lower on Thursday as it extends the decline off May's high. The mid range close sets the stage for a steady opening on Friday. 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, the June 2012 low crossing at 3.294 is the next downside target. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.630 would confirm that a short term low has been posted. First resistance is the 20 day moving average crossing at 3.630. Second resistance is July's high crossing at 3.833. First support is today's low crossing at 3.341. Second support is the June 2012 low crossing at 3.294.

And how much lower can coffee go? September coffee closed lower on Thursday and below June's low thereby renewing this year's decline. The low range close set the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are bearish signaling that sideways to lower prices are possible near term. Closes above the 20 day moving average crossing at 122.70 would confirm that a short term low has been posted.

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