Natural Gas Forecast: June Rises Toward Key Resistance at $2.195

Natural gas continues to send mixed signals on a day-to-day basis. However, that is pretty typical for this time of year during the shoulder months ahead of summer. Natural gas is trying to gauge the prospects of a recovery or a continued decline over the course of the longer-term, but it needs to gather more information first. With all current factors considered, it is looking like natural gas is settling into another trading range, though the boundaries of the range are still being determined.

For now, odds still favor a decline. June natural gas met the 0.618 projection for the wave $2.304 – 2.042 – 2.195 at $2.026 on Monday. Waves that meet the 0.618 projection typically extend to the 1.00 projection, in this case $1.93. Therefore, unless $2.195 is overcome, odds ultimately favor $1.93.

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That said, the wave up from $2.026, aided by today’s close over $2.14, shows potential to extend to its 1.618 projection of $2.19. This is near the $2.195 swing high and the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $2.304 to $2.026. A move above $2.195 would take out the wave down from $2.304 that projects to $1.93 and lower, and in turn, shift odds in favor of $2.28 and higher.

First support is $2.06, the 0.618 projection of the wave $2.195 – 2.026 – 2.16. A close below this would take out the wave up from $2.026 and the near-term potential of overcoming $2.195. This would also open the way for another attempt at $2.00 and lower.

The key over the next few days will be either a move above $2.195 or below $2.061. As stated, odds favor the decline, but it is a very tight call right now.

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The crude oil price surge over the last few weeks was reportedly due to slipping U.S. production, a weaker U.S. dollar, and several production outages. However, some pundits are growing concerned that swelling OPEC output could keep the market oversupplied and turn prices lower.

The move up stalled near a highly confluent $46.0 target late last week, and June WTI challenged crucial support at $44.5 on Monday. This is near the 1.00 projection of the wave $46.78 – 45.24 – 46.15, and is in line with the prior swing high of $44.49.

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In addition, Friday’s bearish Harami line and star was confirmed and several bearish divergences were triggered on Monday.

At this point, there is no strong technical evidence that the pullback will end. Therefore, the move down should extend to at least $43.7, $42.9, and possibly $41.9 over the next few days

That said, at this point the move down is corrective, and unless the $42.5 swing low is taken out, longer-term odds will favor the move up. A close over the $46.15 swing high will shift near-term odds back in favor of $48.0.

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After breaking higher out of the recent trading range between nominally $1.96 and $2.13, June natural gas stalled at $2.304. This was just below important resistance at $2.33, which connects to $2.43.

Monday’s bearish engulfing line and confirmed divergence (purple down arrow on KaseX) called for a test of $2.13. This was strong resistance between March 18 and April 18 and has now become support. So far, this level has held on a closing basis.

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Tomorrow’s EIA Natural Gas Storage Report is expected to show around a +70 Bcf build. This is higher than the +52 Bcf five-year average, and could aid in dropping prices below $2.13 again. A sustained close below $2.13 would call for $2.03 and $1.96 where range bound trading may again ensue.

That said, the small move up from $2.108 late Wednesday may extend in early trading before the EIA report is released. Unless there is a much smaller than expected build reported by the EIA tomorrow, there is a cluster of resistance between $2.18 and $2.23 that should hold. A close over $2.23, the 62 percent retracement from $2.304 to $2.108, would call for $2.33 to be attempted again.

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Late last week, June WTI crude oil challenged key resistance at $44.5. This is a confluence point, and most importantly, the 1.618 projection of Wave I (not shown), $30.79 – 38.52 – 32.1. A close over $44.5 will open the way for the next leg higher, which could push WTI crude oil prices into the upper $40s and possibly the low $50s.

That said, a small double top formed near $44.5 on Friday and was confirmed Monday upon the close below $43.05. The confirmed double top and waves down from $44.49 and $44.45 call for the pullback to extend to at least $42.1 and likely a confluence area near $41.6.

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The move down has been shallow and choppy though, indicating it is most likely corrective of the move up. Unless $41.6 is taken out on a sustained closing basis, we still expect prices to attempt to overcome $44.5 again. A move above $43.3 in early trading tomorrow would call for $43.8 and possibly $44.5.

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For the past few weeks, May natural gas has oscillated in a range between approximately $1.86 and $2.06. The market looks as though it wants to break higher after closing over Monday’s gap down from $1.99 on Tuesday and sustaining a close above $2.00 on Wednesday.

May natural gas is working its way toward the crucial $2.06 target again after stalling early on Wednesday at $2.051. Support held and prices recovered late, but formed an evening star setup on the daily chart.

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It is still a very tough call, but currently, odds favor another test of $2.06 on Thursday. A close over this would call for $2.10 and likely $2.14 where there is a cluster of wave projections. However, keep in mind the move up is likely weather driven right now and corrective of the longer-term decline. Therefore, without help from external factors, the market will be hard pressed to overcome $2.14.

Initial support at $1.98 should hold on Thursday, but crucial support will be $1.94. A close below $1.94 does not doom the prospects of the move up, but would open the way for a test of the key $1.86 level.

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The highly anticipated and headline grabbing April 17 meeting between OPEC and non-OPEC nations has set the stage for crude oil’s rally. However, some traders and pundits still think the world is awash in oil and an out-put freeze has already been priced in. They anticipate an agreement to freeze production—if reached—would have little near-term impact.

Others believe slipping U.S. oil production is the most likely and more logical culprit for the price rise and could continue to lead the way higher. In addition, the sliding U.S. dollar and Federal Reserve officials’ optimistic statements on Friday morning regarding the U.S. economy and flat interest rates have also been interpreted as bullish.

From a technical standpoint the move up is poised to continue. Last week, WTI held the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $30.67 to $42.49 when prices fell to $35.24. This was important because the move up from $30.67 forms Wave III of a potential five-wave pattern. WTI is now forming a potential Wave V, but must overcome key resistance at $42.8 to prove that is the case. $42.8 is a confluent projection for Waves I and III, so a close over this would shed a much more bullish light on WTI.

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Look for initial resistance at $40.9 and $41.6. These are important projections for the wave up from $35.24 and potential stalling points. We expect to see at least a small pullback (21 to 38 percent retracement) once $41.6 is met. A close over $41.6 will significantly increase the odds of challenging $42.8,

Look for support at $38.7 and $37.3. A close below $37.3 would indicate the move up has likely failed, and that another test of $35.2 will take place.

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Saudi Arabia once again made clear they will only freeze output at current levels if other nations, including Iran, also do so. Iran has balked at the idea and stated objections on numerous occasions. Reports indicate this came as a shock to bullish oil traders, some of whom had thought the Saudi’s softened their tone and have been more willing to discuss a deal.

On Friday, May WTI futures finally closed below crucial support at $37.8. The move down extended on Monday and is quickly closing in on crucial support at $35.3. This is a confluent wave projection for the waves down from $42.49, $39.85, and $39.04. It is also near the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $30.67 to $42.49.

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The confluence of projections and retracements at $35.3 make it a potential stalling point. However, so far, the market has not shown reason to believe the recent decline will end. A close below $35.3 would open the way for $33.6 and lower where extremely important targets protecting the May contract low will be tested.

Prices will likely bounce soon, but that will not mean that the move down is over. Look for initial resistance at $36.6 and key near-term resistance at $38.2. We expect that for the time being there will be plenty of selling pressure upon retracements to these levels.

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By Dean Rogers

Natural gas entered into the injection season a bit earlier than normal, and as a result, prices have settled into a state of flux. It is too soon to say that a long-term bottom has been made, especially for the May contract. However, over the past few days the charts have shown that the upward correction is attempting to extend and that prices could soon rise to levels above $2.00.

May natural gas stalled just below crucial resistance at $2.02 Wednesday morning. This is the 0.618 projection for the wave $1.731 – 2.032 – 1.837. The $2.02 target is key resistance for the near term because a sustained close over this would call for at least $2.14 as the 1.00 projection. At that point, the move up would still be corrective longer term, but would most likely confirm that a bottom has been made through at least the summer months.

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A normal pullback of the recent move up from $2.837 should hold $1.95. This is the 38 percent retracement from $1.837 to $2.015. However, the daily evening star setup that is formed on Wednesday indicates a pullback to $1.90 might take place. For the move up to continue, $1.90 must hold. This is the 62 percent retracement and the 0.618 projection of the wave $2.032 – 1.837 – 2.015. A close below $1.90 would shift odds in favor of a decline to $1.82 and lower.

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By Dean Rogers

It looks as though the natural gas rally has stalled and that prices will most likely settle into a trading range. The move up had been resilient for the past few weeks, reaching a crucial target at $1.91 and nearly extending to key resistance just above $2.00. However, the lack of a positive shift in underlying fundamentals has put a lid on prices, for now.

April natural gas is poised to test key support at $1.74 ahead of the holiday weekend. Wednesday’s close below $1.80, the 0.168 projection of the wave $1.957 – 1.796 – 1.899, has shifted odds strongly in favor of at least $1.74, the 1.00 projection. This is also the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $1.611 to $1.957. A close below $1.74 would call for $1.68 and very likely $1.65. The latter is the 1.618 projection, 89 percent retracement, and last support protecting the $1.611 low.

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Longer-term, the outlook for natural gas remains bearish. However, we do not foresee prices making new lows yet. The most likely scenario, during the first few weeks of injection season, is a trading range between nominally $1.65 and $1.95. This is similar to the type of range seen last year between $2.55 and $2.95.

There is a reasonable chance that prices will test Wednesday’s $1.83 midpoint before declining to $1.74. This is also the 38 percent retracement of the move down from $1.899. A close over $1.83 would call for $1.90 again. This is key resistance because a move above $1.90 would wipe out the wave down from $1.957 and its potential to extend to $1.74 and lower.

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WTI’s move up has been resilient for the past few weeks. The waves up from $29.85 may be interpreted as either a five-wave trend that is still forming Wave III or a three wave correction that has nearly completed Wave C. Technical factors indicate May WTI is approaching a decision point at $43.1.

In either case, whether the move is five waves or three waves, Wave A or I should meet the 1.618 projection at $43.1. A correction should then take place. The correction will determine whether or not the move up is a five-wave trend.

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Key support will be $38.0. This is the 38 percent retracement and is in line with the $37.52 swing high of Wave A or I.

A close below $38.0 would indicate the move up from $29.85 was a three wave correction. There is no evidence yet that prices will plummet to new lows. Therefore, upon a close below $38.0, a trading range in the mid-$30 is the most likely scenario.

Should prices hold above $38.0 and subsequently close over $43.1, the move up is most likely a five-wave pattern that will extend toward the 2.764 projection of $51.9. A move of this magnitude will take time, and should form another sub five-wave count like Wave III has. It will also likely be backed by a positive shift in underlying fundamentals.

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