The long-term outlook for natural gas is negative but the May contract met and held support around its $2.60 swing low Monday. The subsequent move up is most likely corrective of a longer-term decline to challenge $2.55 and lower. Even so, there is some technical evidence that the move up could still extend to at least $2.75 before another test of $2.60 and lower takes place.
The upward correction from the $2.61 swing low stalled at $2.731 today before pulling back to $2.69. The pullback forms an intra-day bullish pennant, so there is still a good chance the upward correction will extend. However, prices will have to break higher out of the pennant tomorrow and settle above $2.75 soon if the move up is going to challenge $2.82 and eventually key resistance at $2.86.
A move below $2.67 early tomorrow would be a likely sign that the pennant has failed and that the move down will challenge the $2.60 swing low again. A close below this would call for key lower support at $2.55, which is the last level protecting the continuation chart’s $2.522 swing low.
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