Natural Gas Technical Analysis and Near-Term Outlook
The near-term outlook for natural gas leans bullish. However, this is still a tight call because the $3.37/$3.362 double top is still intact and this week’s move up stalled near the equal to (1.00) target of the wave up from $3.159. Also, today’s Harami candlestick is negative and the wave down from $3.336 met its smaller than (0.618) target this afternoon. Therefore, a test of $3.25 and possibly $3.22 is expected before overcoming $3.33. This implies that trading will most likely remain range-bound for another few days before the move up continues.
Closing above $3.33 will call for a test of key resistance at $3.37. This is the most confluent target on the chart, a close above which will negate the double top and clear the way for $3.43 and higher.
For natural gas to overcome $3.37 during the next few days, support at $3.22 must hold. Closing below this will take out the smaller than target of the wave down from $3.362, which would call for a test of the $3.13 equal to target. This level is crucial for the near-term because a close below $3.13 will call for $3.09. This is the 62 percent retracement of the rise from $2.922 and the smaller than target of the wave down from $3.37. Settling below $3.09 would clear the way for a test of $3.01 and possibly lower.
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