Natural Gas Near-Term Outlook
Natural gas confirmed an intra-day head and shoulders reversal pattern by settling below $2.50 today. The pattern’s target is $2.26, which is also in line with the larger than (1.618) target of the primary wave down from $2.743. The connection to $2.26 is made through $2.42 and $2.34. The $2.34 objective is crucial because this is the most confluent target on the chart and is the 38 percent retracement of the rise from $1.700.
For the five-wave move up from $1.700 to have any chance at extending again and reaching its $2.81 objective $2.34 must hold. At this point, holding $2.34 for more than a day or two is doubtful. It now looks as though the five-wave trend has ended and that a large three-wave correction is underway. Settling below $2.34 will confirm this.
The move down has been somewhat choppy for the past few days. This suggests the decline is corrective. Even so, resistance at $2.57 is expected to hold as the move down extends. Key near-term resistance is $2.63. This is the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $2.743, a close above which would call for a test of $2.68 and then $2.73. Settling above $2.73 would clear the way for a push to challenge $2.81.
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