Natural Gas Technical Analysis and Near-Term Outlook
Natural gas retains a firm bearish outlook even after today’s somewhat surprising bounce. The move up stalled near the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $2.688 and could not overcome the $2.568 intra-day swing high. This suggests the move up is another correction after breaking lower out of the bearish flag pattern Monday. The move down is poised to challenge $2.46 again, a close below which will call for the next major objective and a potential stalling point at $2.40. Nevertheless, as stated in yesterday’s daily update, an eventual close below $2.40 is expected, which will clear the way for $2.33 and lower.
With that said, today’s move up dampens near-term odds for a continued decline during the next few days. Moreover, should natural gas overcome today’s $2.546 high early tomorrow look for a test of $2.59. This has become a highly confluent resistance level and is in line with the breakout point of the flag. It is common to see a pullback to challenge the breakout point of this type of pattern. Closing above $2.59 is doubtful, but such a move would reflect a bullish shift in near-term sentiment and call for $2.64 and possibly a move back toward crucial upper resistance at $2.69 again.
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