Thursday, July 23, 2009

Crude Oil Bulls Gain Technical Upside Momentum

Crude oil closed up $1.82 at $67.23 a barrel today. Prices closed near the session high and hit a fresh three week high today as bulls did gain some fresh upside technical momentum amid a rallying U.S. stock market. Bulls have the near term technical advantage. A two week old uptrend is in place on the daily bar chart.

Natural gas closed down 21.3 cents at $3.727 today. Prices closed nearer the session low. The bears are still in technical control and gained fresh downside momentum today. The fact that natural gas could not rally amid a general commodity market rally today is a bearish clue.

The U.S. dollar index closed up 9 points at 78.95 today. Prices closed nearer the session high in quieter trading. Short covering in a bear market was featured. Prices hit a fresh nine month low again today. Bears still have the overall near term technical advantage.

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