Short-Term Energy Price Forecasts – November 21, 2017

WTI Crude Oil Forecast

January WTI crude oil settled below $56.94, the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $58.14 to $55.0 and the smaller than (0.618) projection of the wave $55.0 – 56.93 – 55.75. However, this afternoon’s late move above $56.94 indicates the move up should challenge the equal to (1.00) projection at $57.7 tomorrow. This is the last major target protecting against a new high. A close above $57.7 would call for $58.4 and possibly $58.9, the intermediate (1.382) and larger than (1.618) projections for the wave up from $55.0.

CLF18 Kase Bar Chart
CLF18 Kase Bar Chart

The move up will probably remain choppy and a good test of support will probably take place once $57.7 is met. For now, initial support is $56.4 and key support is $56.9, the 38 and 62 percent retracements of the move up from $55.0 to $57.22, respectively. Settling below $56.9 would shift near-term odds back in favor of $55.2, the smaller than target of the wave $58.14 – 55.0 – 57.22. This wave then connects to $54.1 as the equal to target.

Brent Crude Oil Forecast

Brent’s move up has been more hesitant than WTI’s this week and is still struggling to overcome the $62.92 swing high. However, today’s settle above the smaller than (0.618) projection of the wave $61.08 – 62.92 – 61.44 indicates Brent should rise to at least $63.3 tomorrow. This is the equal to (1.00) target and the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $64.65 to $61.08. The importance of targets at this level indicate there is a good chance that a pullback will take place once $63.3 is met.

Initial support is $62.0 and key support is $61.4. A close below $61.4 would take out the wave up from $61.08 that projects to target at $63.3 and higher and would shift odds back in favor of a continued decline toward $60.8 and lower.

Natural Gas Forecast

December natural gas hasn’t filled the November 6 gap up from $2.998 yet, but January, February, and March filled their respective gaps today. There is a tremendous amount of support around the bottom of each contract’s gap. Therefore, the move down may stall tomorrow. For December specifically, this area has become $2.99 +/- $0.02.

That said, aside from the confluence of targets around $2.99, the challenge right now is that there are no reversal patterns, only a few intraday divergence setups, that indicate the move down could stall. Therefore, until these signals are confirmed and initial resistance is overcome, near-term odds will favor a continued grind lower.

NGZ17 Kase Bar Chart
NGZ17 Kase Bar Chart

Tomorrow, look for a test of $2.99, a close below which would open the way for key lower support at $2.92. This is the next most confluent target below $2.99 and is most importantly the smaller than (0.618) target of the wave $3.353 – 2.847 – 3.231. The equal to target for this wave is $2.73, which means a close below $2.92 would put odds in favor of falling toward $2.73 during the next few weeks.

Should the bottom of December’s gap at $2.998 continue to hold on a closing basis, there is still a chance for a recovery. Initial resistance is $3.06 followed by $3.10. Key resistance is $3.15. This is in line with the $3.153 swing high, the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $3.231, and the 100-day moving average. At this point, December will have to settle above $3.153 to feel confident that this most recent move down is over.

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Monday’s gap up from $2.998 is probably a bullish breakaway gap for December natural gas. This is a reversal pattern that takes place after a prolonged down move or consolidation period. Breakaway gaps are also a good sign that a new trend has possibly begun. This type of gap is not usually filled like common gaps. However, in rare cases the breakaway gap may be filled and the new upward trend remain intact.

Today’s settle above the 100-day moving average, 62 percent retracement of the decline from $3.353, and $3.17 confluence point was positive for the medium-term outlook. The move up should grind its way higher to $3.20 and possibly $3.24 over the next few days. However, there are a few warning signs that indicate caution is warranted.

Natural Gas Retracements and Moving Averages
Natural Gas Retracements and Moving Averages

The move up stalled at $3.19, the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $3.747, and still looks a bit exhausted. This afternoon’s late pullback, intraday bearish divergences, and overbought daily Stochastic indicate a larger pullback might take place soon.

With all factors considered, even if a larger pullback takes place support at $3.06 is expected to hold. This would only be a 38 percent retracement of the move up from $2.847, which is considered a “normal” correction. This may even be healthy for the prospects of a longer-term recovery as it could bring in a new wave of value seeking buyers. It would also setup a wave up from $2.847 with which more meaningful confluence points could be projected.

The key to sustaining a positive outlook is holding the bottom of Monday’s gap up from $2.998. Closing below this, which in this case is also near the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $2.847 to $3.190, would indicate the move up has failed again and shift near-term odds back in favor of continued decline.

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December WTI crude oil had a legitimate chance for the corrective move down from $54.46 to extend today after setting up a daily evening star and intraday head and shoulders formation. However, support held, and prices rose at the end of the day, settling above the key $54.2 target and opening the way for $55.0 and higher tomorrow.

The next major confluence point is $56.0, the equal to (1.00) target of the wave $46.59 – 53.11 – 49.44, and the larger than (1.618) target of the wave $49.44 – 52.65 – 50.87. Small pullbacks will likely take place before $56.0 is met. Once this objective is overcome look for $56.4 and likely $57.2, the intermediate (1.382) target of the wave $43.08 – 50.72 – 46.59.

WTI Crude Oil
WTI Crude Oil

Resistance at $54.2 has now become support that will likely hold tomorrow. A move below this would call for $53.8 and possibly $53.4, last Friday’s midpoint. Settling below $53.4 is unlikely over the next few days but would indicate a larger correction is underway before the move up continues to $56.0 and possibly higher.

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November natural gas met support at $2.85, the intermediate (1.382) target of the wave $3.036 – 2.908 – 3.026. This wave is now in position to extend to its $2.81 larger than (1.618) target. This is an important objective because it is also the smaller than (0.618) target of the waves $3.214 – 2.827 – 3.036 and $3.561 – 2.886 – 3.214. Settling below $2.81 would open the way for a more negative near-term outlook.

Due to the confluence and importance of $2.81, once this target is met there is a reasonable chance another test of resistance will take place before prices fall much lower. Initial resistance is $2.89 and then $2.92. A normal correction should hold $2.92 because this is the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $3.036.

Natural Gas Daily Chart
Natural Gas Daily Chart

Key resistance for the near-term is $2.97, the 62 percent retracement. A close above this would call for another attempt at $3.02, the 50 percent retracement of the decline from $3.214 and the 50-day moving average.

At this point, aside from confluent support at $3.81, there is very little technical evidence that indicates the move down will end soon. This may change as withdraw season approaches and weather gets cooler. However, for now, odds have shifted back in favor of a continued decline to challenge the continuation charts $2.753 swing low.

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WTI crude oil met support at $51.3 before stalling at $51.21. The move down has been choppy and forms a bullish wedge on the $0.35 Kase Bar chart. The move up from $51.21 was aggressive and is poised to break higher out of the wedge and challenge key resistance at $52.5 again tomorrow. A close above this would open the way for $53.0, $53.5, and ultimately $54.2, the next major objective.

WTI Crude Oil $0.35 Kase Bars
WTI Crude Oil $0.35 Kase Bars

That said, prices pulled back a bit this afternoon, therefore a test of $51.4 might take place first, but support is expected to hold. A move below $51.4 before $52.5 is met would call for $51.1 and possibly $50.3. The near-term outlook becomes negative again upon a close below $50.3, the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $49.1 and the 1.618 projection of the wave $52.37 – 51.21 – 52.17.

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November natural gas’ initial rise to $2.977 overcame Monday’s $2.967 midpoint. However, prices could not close above that level and the subsequent decline has already retraced 50 percent of the move up from $2.88. The candlestick’s long upper shadow indicates today’s move up was most likely a failed attempt to overcome resistance. Therefore, odds still favor a decline. A move below $2.90 early tomorrow would open the way for $2.85.

Natural Gas Daily Candlesticks
Natural Gas Daily Candlesticks

That said, a bullish daily KaseCD divergence and rising Stochastic %K-line indicate consolidation and possibly another attempt at $2.98 and higher might take place. $3.02 is most important for the near-term because it is split around the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $3.214, the 62 percent retracement from $3.089 and the 50-day moving average.

To confirm the move down is over (for now), prices must overcome the $3.089 swing high, which is also the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $3.214. This would, in turn, take out the wave $3.214 – 2.974 – 3.089 that projects to $2.85 and lower.

With all factors considered, the market still has a neutral-to-negative near-term outlook. Until external factors can support a sustained recovery, the decline will most likely continue to grind its way lower.

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November WTI crude oil met the 62 percent retracement of November’s decline from the 2017 $58.37 swing high to $42.8 at $52.42 when it rose to $52.43 early this morning. This is major resistance because it is also a confluent wave projection. Settling above $52.6, the upper end of the confluence range around $52.42, would be bullish for the long-term.

Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks
Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks

For now, the long-term outlook remains positive. However, normally, when such an important target is met a significant correction will take place before that objective is overcome on a sustained closing basis. Today’s pullback from $52.42 formed a bearish Harami line and star, which is a reversal pattern. These patterns are not highly reliable, but the overbought daily Stochastic, RSI and nearly overbought KasePO indicate a pullback should take place soon.

This afternoon’s move up after the API Petroleum Inventories report was released indicates $52.6 might be tested early tomorrow. However, we expect this level to hold and for the downward correction to extend to at least $51.4 tomorrow, which is in line with Monday’s $51.45 midpoint. A close below this would open the way for $51.0 and possibly lower.

At this point, even a normal correction of the move up from the $46.14 swing low could drop prices to $50.0 should the corrective pullback extend as expected.

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October natural gas’ settle below Monday’s $3.098 midpoint opens the way for a larger correction to at least $3.06. The move down is most likely corrective. However, for the move up to continue over the next few days $3.06 needs to hold. A close below this would not doom the move up but rather indicate that a deeper test of support and possible consolidation will begin to take place.

Natural Gas Wave Projections
Natural Gas Wave Projections

Initial resistance is $3.13, the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $3.166, so far. $3.17 is the key threshold for the near-term. A close above this would indicate the corrective pullback is over and that the move up will extend to $3.23. This is currently the most confluent objective making it another potential stalling point.

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WTI crude oil has formed strong resistance between $50.82 and $50.88. This level has been challenged three times over the past few days and held. One might argue that this is a triple top. However, the decline from $50.88 has been extremely shallow and choppy indicating it is most likely corrective.

This afternoon’s move up from the $49.73 swing low calls for another attempt at $50.9 early tomorrow. A move above this would call for $51.3, a confluent wave projection that sits just above the 200-day moving average. The confluence and importance of $51.3 make it another potential stalling point. A close over $51.3 would call for $51.7 and $52.5.

Crude Oil Daily Wave Projections
Crude Oil Daily Wave Projections

That said, the daily Stochastic is overbought and the move up seems to be exhausted. Should prices fall below $49.6 before rising above $50.9, look for an extended correction to $48.9 and possibly lower before the move up continues to $51.3.

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October natural gas settled above $3.03 and fulfilled the $3.06 target. The next objective is $3.09, the equal to (1.00) target of the wave $2.88 – 3.088 – 2.885. The key objective is $3.12, the smaller than (0.618) target of the wave $2.799 – 3.042 – 2.88. This has been strong resistance all summer for October and the continuation chart, making it a decision point for a larger scale move up and sustained recovery.

Natural Gas Daily Chart
Natural Gas Daily Chart

A sustained close above $3.12 would open the way for $3.17 and $3.22. Above $3.12 the $3.22 objective is most important because it is the 50 percent retracement of the decline from $3.619. This is also a confluent projection for the aforementioned waves up from $2.799 and $2.88.

Daily momentum does not show any signs that the move up will stall. However, a few intraday charts are setup for divergence or are overbought. Therefore, given $3.12 has been such strong resistance a pullback might take place before it is overcome.

At this point, any move down will most likely be corrective. Tomorrow, support at $3.03 should hold. Key support is $2.96, which is the 50-day moving average and 62 percent retracement of the move up from $2.88 so far.

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