Natural gas fell as called for and finally challenged the crucial $1.69 objective. However, the move down stalled just below $1.69 at $1.674 and then quickly rallied. This formed a spike type bottom on the intra-day chart and a textbook daily hammer. The brevity of the move down felt as though the market needed to get a test of $1.69 out of its system before rising to challenge resistance again.
Today’s prices action, the hammer, and several momentum oscillator divergence setups call for a larger test of resistance during the next few days. Closing above $1.81 will confirm the hammer and clear the way for key near-term resistance at $1.86. Resistance between $1.86 and $1.90 has been resilient on the July and continuation charts for the past few weeks. Therefore, closing above $1.86 would confirm a bullish shift in near-term sentiment and increase odds for a test of $1.94 and $2.00.
Nonetheless, for now, the move up is corrective and must hold $1.69 on a closing basis. Should natural gas fall below $1.75 early tomorrow look for another attempt at $1.69. Settling below $1.69 would be quite bearish and open the way for $1.61 and possibly lower.
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