Natural Gas Forecast: Pullback Will Test Major Support at $1.74

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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The highly anticipated natural gas correction is underway. The wave $1.611 – 1.74 – 1.687 overcame its $1.758 0.618 projection Wednesday morning. The correction should extend to at least $1.81, the 1.00 projection. A close over $1.758 would have increased odds for $1.81. Nonetheless, as long as the $1.687 swing low holds on a closing basis the move up should extend.

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$1.81 connects to $1.86 as the 1.382 projection and 38 percent retracement of the decline from $2.223 to $1.611. $1.86 is a potential stalling point due to its confluence. A close over $1.86 would call for $1.91, the 1.618 projection and 50 percent retracement.

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Key resistance is $2.00, the 62 percent retracement. As discussed in the weekly commentary, we doubt prices will overcome $2.00 without a bullish shift in underlying fundamentals.

Key support is $1.68 because it is the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $1.611 and in line with the $1.687 swing low. A close below this would indicate the upward correction may be complete and would significantly dampen odds for $1.81 and higher.

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By Dean Rogers

The highly anticipated natural gas correction is underway. The wave $1.611 – 1.74 – 1.687 overcame its $1.758 0.618 projection Wednesday morning. The correction should extend to at least $1.81, the 1.00 projection. A close over $1.758 would have increased odds for $1.81. Nonetheless, as long as the $1.687 swing low holds on a closing basis the move up should extend.

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$1.81 connects to $1.86 as the 1.382 projection and 38 percent retracement of the decline from $2.223 to $1.611. $1.86 is a potential stalling point due to its confluence. A close over $1.86 would call for $1.91, the 1.618 projection and 50 percent retracement.

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Key resistance is $2.00, the 62 percent retracement. As discussed in the weekly commentary, we doubt prices will overcome $2.00 without a bullish shift in underlying fundamentals.

Key support is $1.68 because it is the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $1.611 and in line with the $1.687 swing low. A close below this would indicate the upward correction may be complete and would significantly dampen odds for $1.81 and higher.

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By Dean Rogers

Forecasts for freezing temperatures this weekend in the eastern U.S. have had a minimal impact on natural gas prices this week. Many traders are looking ahead to above normal temperatures in coming weeks. In addition, many speculate that Thursday’s EIA Natural Gas Storage Report will reflect the smallest withdrawal from storage for this time of year since 2012.

The negative sentiment is being reflected on the charts too. March natural gas is continuing to grind its way lower to targets below $2.00. Monday’s gap from $2.076 stalled at $2.172 and was quickly filled on Tuesday. Subsequently prices have fallen to $2.017 so far.

The move down will likely continue to be a grind. March has struggled to close below the psychologically important $2.00 level in recent weeks. That said, prices should fulfill targets below $2.00 as the waves down from $2.493 and $2.315 project to $1.95 and $1.90. We expect that these projections will be met before another significant correction takes place.

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Look for resistance at $2.10 and $2.18. The latter is key because it is the 62 percent retracement from $2.315 to $1.954 and is in line with the $2.172 swing high.

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By Dean Rogers

Many have already thrown in the towel on the prospects of a continued winter rally for natural gas. The negative sentiment was reflected on the charts earlier this week when prices plummeted from $2.315 after breaking higher out of the recent trading range between $2.08 and approximately $2.20. Trading will likely remain volatile, and yes, we should see a few more tests of resistance (as soon as tomorrow) as shifting weather reports predict potential cold spells in coming weeks. However, for now, and for the foreseeable future, this is still a bear market.

The majority of technical factors are negative and March natural gas finally closed below $2.08 support on Tuesday. Ultimately, the decline is poised to continue to at least $1.91. This is near the 1.00 projection of the wave $2.493 – 2.08 – 2.315, and is in line with the $1.91 contract low. First support is $1.99, and a close below this would indicate today’s small upward correction is over.

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That said, there are a few factors that indicate today’s correction could extend before prices fall to $1.90. The psychologically important $2.00 level has held on a closing basis, and today’s price action formed a bullish Harami line and star setup on the daily chart. Resistance at $2.10, and maybe $2.18 could be tested first, though we expect the latter to hold.

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By Dean Rogers

Natural gas fell back into the trading range between $2.23 and $2.39 where it spent the first week of the new year. This comes after the failure to extend to the 0.618 projection of the wave $1.802 – 2.386 – 2.188. There is still an outside chance the move up will extend to $2.56 while $2.188 holds, but overall, the charts do not look good and odds favor a decline to test major support.

The move down from $2.495 broke down into five waves that terminated near $2.241. Today’s small move up to $2.323 was the type of three-wave correction that would be expected after a five-wave pattern. This keeps short-term odds in favor of the decline below key support at $2.23. Upon a close below $2.23 look for $2.17, the 0.618 projection of the wave $2.495 – 2.241 – 2.323. This then connects to $2.07 as the 1.00 projection. These are also the 50 and 62 percent retracements of the move up from $1.802 to $2.495, respectively.

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Today’s Harami line and star setup is positive, but the star’s blow-off high dampens the likelihood of a turn higher tomorrow. A surprise bullish withdrawal reported by the EIA tomorrow morning could push prices higher, but based upon the price action for the past few days it looks as though most market participants expect the decline to continue.

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By Dean Rogers

There is little doubt that the lack of demand for natural gas as a heating fuel this winter is taking its toll on prices. The market still looks and feels desperate to push higher, but fundamental and technical factors are working against this scenario. There is an outside chance prices could rally by another 10 to 15 cents on a close over $2.39, but we do not expect the move up to last much longer without a significant boost from external factors. In other words, it is going to have to get really cold, really soon, in key areas of the U.S., and last for several consecutive weeks for the move up to continue to any significant degree.

The move up from fresh 16 year lows stalled at $2.39 on December 29 and has subsequently oscillated in a narrowing range. A coil, or possibly an ascending triangle, has formed, and prices briefly broke lower out of the formation before Wednesday’s settlement. The formation indicates a breakout should take place very soon as the pattern nears its apex. The key levels to watch are $2.26 and $2.39.

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Odds favor a break lower due to KaseX’s bearish turn signal (purple arrow) on the 3.5-cent Kase Bar chart. A close below $2.26 would call for $2.17 and $2.09.

As stated, there is a modest chance that prices could rally 10-15 cents on a close over $2.39. However, even if this is the case, we do not expect prices to overcome $2.55 given current circumstances.

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By Dean Rogers

Evolving weather models that had previously predicted a cold spell in the Northeast U.S. and in the Great Lakes region are reportedly now forecasting above normal temperatures in early January. This could dampen the likelihood of a further price rally for natural gas in coming weeks, and the charts tend to agree.

Today’s decline was quite negative for the near-term outlook, and $2.16 is an important target that should be tested in coming days. This is near the 0.618 projection of the wave down from $2.386 and the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $1.80. A close below $2.16 would call for $2.09 and $2.03.

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That said, this is a tough call right now because the market still seems desperate to rally after recently falling to 16 year lows. Wednesday’s decline could be a correction of the move up as prices attempt to extend toward a highly confluent $2.51 level. The late rally in trading after hours on Wednesday indicates $2.31 and even $2.37 might be tested in early trading ahead of Thursday’s EIA Natural Gas Storage report. We expect $2.37 will hold.

It is a bit early to call for a trading range, but we get the sense that is the most likely scenario for natural gas in coming weeks. The boundaries of the range could be quite wide, between approximately $2.03 and $2.37. Trading over the next few days should give us a better sense of what is in store for natural gas prices in early 2016.

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By Dean Rogers

Natural gas is finally showing some signs of life as 2015 comes to a close. Reports that colder than normal temperatures along the East Coast and in the Great Lakes region for the first week of January have sparked a much needed relief rally from recent 16-year lows.

February natural gas, which will become the prompt futures contract on January 30, rallied to $2.061 on Wednesday and settled at $2.036. This was above the December 14 gap down from $2.022. Confluent technical resistance was met at $2.061, a crucial wave projection that connects to $2.13, $2.22, and $2.27. The wave $1.802 – 2.011 – 1.933 that met its 0.618 projection at $2.061, the close over the $2.022 gap, the break higher out of an intraday bullish descending triangle, and KaseX’s pierced dart signal (green arrow, bullish divergence, and yellow triangle, first buy signal) indicate the move up should extend to at least $2.08 and very likely $2.13 over the next few trading days.

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There is little doubt that the move up is corrective of the longer-term decline, and it is too soon to definitively state that a long-term bottom has been made. Tomorrow’s EIA Weekly Natural Gas Storage Report could make or break the rally in the short-run. Lighter trade volume around the holidays is also a concern that could lead to the rally being short-lived. However, if temperatures do turn colder than normal in key areas of the U.S. as anticipated in coming weeks, bullish sentiment alone could support prices above $1.90 for the interim.

Wednesday’s $2.00 midpoint is first support, and will likely be tested on Thursday. If the move up is going to continue it should hold $1.96 and has to hold $1.90. The $1.96 threshold is near Wednesday’s open and the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $1.802 to $2.061. A move below $1.96 would not only call for the $1.933 swing lows to be taken out, but more importantly for a test of the 62 percent retracement at $1.90. A close below $1.90 would indicate the rally is over and that another test of recent lows is right around the corner.

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By Dean Rogers

The outlook for natural gas is still bearish, and without support from weather or a strong increase in industrial demand, it will most likely remain that way. However, there are a few positive technical setups that indicate a small correction to $1.90 and even $1.959 might take place first.

Monday’s gap down from $1.959 still needs to be filled. This might be an exhaustion gap, but at this point it is looking more like a measuring gap that projects to $1.65. Wednesday’s morning star setup indicates prices could make a push for at least $1.90 to try and confirm the pattern. The Stochastic is deeply oversold (and has been for some time) and the KasePO is setup for bullish divergence as it nears oversold territory. If Wednesday’s $1.775 low holds, there is a good chance for the daily bullish KasePO divergence to be confirmed. Confirming the divergence, and confirming the morning star setup with a close over $1.90, would boost odds for filling the $1.959 gap.

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That said, longer-term odds still favor the decline and any move up will be corrective and hard pressed to overcome $1.959 without support from aforementioned external factors. Once the correction is complete (if it takes place at all), we expect prices to fall to $1.73 and $1.65.

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