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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Weekly Futures Recap with Mike Seery....Crude Oil, Gold, Coffee and More

Our trading partner Mike Seery is out with his calls for this week and he includes some of reliable rules to protect our profits.

Crude oil futures in the March contract settled last Friday at 49.00 while currently trading at 47.50 up about $.80 in early trade this Friday morning in New York as extreme volatility has occurred in recent days and if you’re still short this market I would now place my stop above yesterday’s high which currently stands at 51.73 risking around $4.25 or $4,250 per contract plus slippage and commission from today’s price levels. Crude oil futures are trading significantly below their 20 and 100 day moving average telling you that the trend still remains bearish as oversupply has decimated prices in recent weeks as who knows how far prices can actually go but stick to the rules as the 10 day high has tightened up considerably as prices have gone sideways in the last week or so with big trading ranges.

Crude oil prices have been dramatically cut in recent months due to the fact that Saudi Arabia refuses to cut supply coming out earlier this week reiterating that fact that they will not cut which keeps sending prices lower as they are trying to squeeze some American companies to get out of the business as the U.S is now a major producer which we weren’t just 5 years ago and that’s what’s changed the situation. The crude oil market I believe for the 1st time in history is not putting any price premium as in the past we always had a $10 or $20 price premium due to the fact of chaos in the Mideast but at this point problems in the Mideast are not affecting crude oil prices so this market still could remain bearish for some time to come especially with the U.S dollar hitting a 9 year high which is pessimistic all commodity prices.
Trend: Lower
Chart structure: Improving

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Gold futures in the February contract are slightly lower this Friday afternoon in New York after settling last Friday at 1,216 currently trading at 1,260 as I’m currently recommending a long futures position while placing your stop loss below the 10 day low which is around 1,209 risking around $50 or $1,650 on a mini contract plus slippage and commission. Gold futures are trading above their 20 and 100 day moving average hitting a 5 month high as the chart structure will also start to improve on a daily basis starting next week as the market has caught fire recently due to worldwide problems as money is pouring back into the precious metals and out of the S&P 500 in the beginning of 2015.

Yesterday the Swiss government announced they will let the Swiss Franc float rocketing that currency up while sending shock waves through the bond and currency markets and it certainly looks to me that problems are here to stay here for a while as Europe is a mess and this could push gold up to the next resistance level of 1,300 – 1,320 so take advantage of any price dip while maintaining the proper stop loss risking 2% of your account balance on any given trade as gold has finally turned into a short-term bull market once again.
Trend: Higher
Chart structure: Improving

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Coffee futures in the March contract have been extremely volatile in recent weeks due to the fact of concerns of lack of rain down in Brazil pushing prices up in over the last several weeks as I’m currently sitting on the sidelines in this market as coffee prices are trading above their 20 but still below their 100 day moving average telling you the trend is mixed. Coffee prices settled last Friday at 180 and are currently trading at 175.30 topping out around the 185 area as volatility should increase as the next 3 weeks are very critical to the coffee crop as traders are keeping a close eye on Brazilian weather.

As I’ve talked about in many previous blogs I think it’s very difficult historically speaking to have back to back droughts, but you never know as the weather is unpredictable, however this market has been choppy so wait for a better trend to develop and avoid any type of futures position at this time in my opinion. Many of the commodity markets are still heading lower because of the U.S dollar hitting a 9 year high and if adequate rain comes to key coffee growing regions over the next 3 weeks I would have to think that a retest of the 160 level would be in the cards so have patience and wait for a trend to develop.
Trend: Mixed
Chart structure: Poor

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