Natural Gas Forecast: Correction Favors $2.38

By Dean Rogers

Natural gas cautiously rose to $2.317 to fulfill the smaller than (0.618) projection for the wave $2.188 – 2.336 – 2.231. Typically, a move to $2.38 would now be expected because waves that meet the 0.618 projection normally extend to at least the equal to (1.00) projection. The pullback to $2.255 is a bit worrisome, but until the $2.231 swing low is taken out odds favor of a move to $2.38. This is a crucial target because $2.38 is the 38 percent retracement from $2.78 to $2.188 and makes a connection to $2.48 where last week’s gap would be filled.

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KaseX warned that the decline from $2.317 would extend (yellow triangle), and as stated, support at $2.25 is already being challenged. A move below $2.231 would take out the wave up from $2.188 and its projections to $2.38 and higher. This would in turn shift odds back in favor of a decline to $2.11 to fulfill the requirements of the textbook five wave pattern down from $3.391 as discussed last week.

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By Dean Rogers

As discussed last week, everyone is looking for the natural gas bottom. I am sure no one wants me to step back onto my “picking bottoms is a dangerous game” soap box, so I will just reiterate that the best anyone can do is identify potential turning points and look to time entries and exits that fit their trading style, risk appetite, and goals.

With that in mind, let’s discuss the potential turning points for natural gas at today’s $2.263 swing low and at $2.11, the latter of which I think is the most likely point for a bottom to be made.

December’s wave structure down from $3.391 has unfolded in a five-wave pattern. We are not Elliott Wave fanatics or strict practitioners, but when a textbook pattern forms we pay attention.

Below are some of the basic Elliott Wave rules we abide by and look for when a five-wave pattern forms.

Basic Elliot Wave Rules, according to Kase:

  • A five-wave pattern is made up of three impulse waves and two corrective waves
  • Two of the three impulse waves should be equal in size
  • The impulse waves, labeled I, III, and V, should break down into five sub-waves.
  • Wave III cannot be the smallest impulse wave
  • Waves I, III, and IV should be proportional to one another (0.618, 1.00, 1.382, 1.618, etc.)

For the five-wave pattern down from $3.391 wave I met its 1.618 projection at $2.607 (end of wave III) and trend terminus (2.9693/3.3912) at $2.263 (potential end of wave V). The lowest that wave I projects is $2.12 as the 2.764 extension.

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Given the importance of $2.263, the ticks up after the close, and oversold conditions on the KasePO, KaseCD, and slow stochastic, prices might turn higher from this level.

However, at this point there are not two equal waves. At $2.36 waves I and V were equal, but prices fell to $2.263. At $2.10 waves III and V will be equal. Therefore, based upon the basic Elliott Wave Rules, December will likely fall to the confluence point of $2.11 where wave I will have met its 2.764 projection and waves III and V will be equal.

From $2.11 we would expect to see a three-wave correction, and because of the time of year, a significant rally as the market heads into the winter heating season. A sustainable rally will be confirmed by a KasePO PeakOut, KaseCD KCDpeak, and %K over %D crossover as momentum rises out of oversold territory on the slow stochastic.

There are no guarantees that $2.11 will hold over the course of the longer-term, but this has become the most likely point at which a bottom will be made.

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By Dean Rogers

This is the time of year when everyone is looking for a bottom and pre-winter rally for natural gas. The logic and seasonal timing make sense, but picking bottoms is a dangerous game. Those that successfully time the bottom are more lucky than good. The best that most mere mortals can hope for is to be prepared for the turn so that they can react in an effective manner that fits their goals, strategy, and risk appetite.

This is why it is important to have a forecast and directional opinion (and yes, sideways is a direction) about the market in addition to a set of reliable indicators like Kase StatWare or KaseX to time entries and exits. The forecast is the framework for the market that lets you know where key support and resistance are and when you can expect correction and potential trend reversal. Indicators tell you when to get in, where to place stops, and when to get out.

For instance, $2.40 was major support for November natural gas. This was a highly confluent target, and we had discussed this level as a potential stalling point for many weeks (even months) leading up to the decline to $2.403 on October 2. However, the subsequent move up was shallow, choppy, and corrective. Long trades could have been taken on shorter bar lengths during the corrective move up, but in our detailed weekly forecasts and mid-week blog updates we anticipated another decline and test of $2.40 because the market was struggling to overcome key resistance levels at $2.48 and $2.59.

November fell to $2.41 on October 16 and started to bounce again. The move stalled at $2.50 on Tuesday, October 20 and prices fell to new lows for November and the winter contracts on Wednesday, October 21.

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$2.40 has held so far on a closing basis, but a sustained close below this level will open the way for at least $2.33, the 1.00 projection for the wave $2.578 – 2.41 – 2.499 and very likely $2.27. The latter is a confluent objective for the waves down from $2.859, $2.72, and $2.578 making it the next potential point at which a bottom could be made.

Most technical factors are negative and there is little evidence that the decline is going to stall. However, the importance of support at $2.33 and especially $2.27 indicate that we should be prepared for at least another correction and a potential bottom soon. Keep a close eye on your indicators to tell you when to time your entries and watch for closes above key resistance levels to confirm the move down has ended.

For now, initial resistance is $2.45 and key resistance, for the near term, is $2.50.

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By Dean Rogers

Spot natural gas is still looking a bit unsure of the move up, but the forward months, especially the winter strip, are looking reasonably positive. This likely indicates that a longer-term move up is underway, but for now it is looking like the prompt month could settle into a choppy trading range while it awaits more data (weather) to push natural gas prices higher or lower.

November futures stalled at $2.559 before reaching crucial resistance at $2.57. Tuesday’s bearish engulfing line was followed by a positive move on Wednesday. Resistance at $2.57 should be tested. A close over $2.57 would call for $2.63 which then connects to $2.68. First support is $2.49, but the key level for the near-term is near $2.43. A close below this would confirm the move up has failed and would open way for a new low.

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By Dean Rogers

November natural gas had worked its way higher to challenge key resistance at $2.53 over the past few days after meeting major support at $2.403 last week. The move up has been shallow and choppy compared to the decline and could be interpreted as a bearish expanding wedge. The market also keeps giving back its intraday gains at the end of each day, which indicates hesitance to continue higher. This point is emphasized by the formation of an intraday double top at $2.53.

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The completion point for the double top is $2.45, which is also in line with the wedges lower trend line. A close below this would confirm the double top and a break lower out of the wedge, opening the way for another test of $2.40 and possibly lower.

That said, a few positive factors, including bullish daily divergences and a morning star still show that the upward correction could extend to $2.60. The key for a move of this magnitude is for $2.45 to hold and a close over $2.53. The latter is the morning star’s confirmation point, the 1.00 projection for the wave $2.403 – 2.491 – 2.436, and the 38 percent retracement from $2.72 to $2.403.

On balance, with all factors considered, it is looking more and more like natural gas will settled into a trading range between $2.40 and $2.53 for a few weeks while awaiting external factors (weather) to sort out the direction for the next few months.

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By Dean Rogers

November natural gas closed below major support at $2.63 Tuesday and then settled below $2.55, the 0.618 projection of the wave $2.859 – 2.592 – 2.72 Wednesday. Most waves that meet the 0.618 projection extend to at least the 1.00, in this case $2.45. Therefore, odds favor $2.45. This is a highly confluent target that is in line with this year’s $2.443 perpetual swing low. Many factors make $2.45 a potential stalling point. At minimum, we expect a pullback once $2.45 is met.

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First resistance for tomorrow is $2.55. Resistance at $2.59 should hold. The key level for the near term is $2.64. This is the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $2.742 and the 38 percent retracement from $2.859.

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By Dean Rogers

Natural gas had oscillated in an expanding triangle since August 24. Monday’s break higher out of the pattern was positive, but stalled at $2.794, the 50 percent retracement from $2.959 to $2.632.

The move to $2.794 was healthy because the decline had become stale. The rally gave bears a new opportunity to short the market.

Tuesday’s close below Monday’s $2.73 midpoint formed a daily dark cloud cover (bearish), and Wednesday’s close below $2.70 confirmed the pattern. This is also in line with the 62 percent retracement from $2.632 to $2.794.

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Caution is warranted and trading will likely remain choppy, but the bearish technical factors indicate another test of $2.63 is expected. A close below this would open the way for the decline to $2.55 and lower have expected for several weeks.

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By Dean Rogers

It is a glorious time of year. The evenings are cooler, the air is a bit crisper, and the seven month void in my soul has been filled. Football season is upon us, and all is right with the world.

I grew up playing football and my father and uncles coached youth football for over 30 years. Being a coach’s son I have always had an appreciation for the tactical side of the game, especially low scoring (some might say boring) defensive struggles. These games are won not only by raw talent, but strategy, patience, and perseverance.

A defensive battle on the gridiron reminds me of the natural gas market right now. From the outside looking in most see a stale and boring game being played. It is a bit like watching grass grow and they have already switched channels to watch a more exciting game. However, there is a battle taking place between bulls and bears and natural gas’s game is nearing the end of the fourth quarter.

My money is still on the bears (hopefully Cutler has been benched).

Natural gas has oscillated in a range that is widening ever so slightly since August 24. The pattern it forms is called an expanding triangle, which is negative because the market entered the formation after falling from $2.959 to $2.641. Expanding triangles form when there is mounting indecision and typically has bearish ramifications.

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The bulls may attempt one last Hail Mary before all is said and done. Another test of the upper end of the wedge near $2.75 might take place over the next few days, but odds continue to favor a decline to $2.54 and lower once prices break out of the triangle and close below $2.62.

The natural gas game may go into overtime, and it may be another week or more before prices finally break lower. For now though, stick to your strategy, be patient, and persevere.

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By Dean Rogers

Unseasonably warm weather for early September has supported prices in the prompt month and prices were trading in a tight range between $2.64 and $2.725.

Late Wednesday afternoon October natural gas finally broke lower and a new contract low was made. In addition, the winter strip also fell to new lows again confirming the negative outlook.

Look for at least $2.59 ahead of tomorrow’s EIA storage report and possibly $2.53 before the end of the week.

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Trading will remain choppy, so another test of $2.72 and possibly $2.77 is not out of the question. We expect $2.77 to hold. A close over this would call for an extended upward correction.

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By Dean Rogers

Natural gas continues to hold the lower end of the trading range between $2.65 and $2.95 on a closing basis. October natural gas futures stalled at $2.641 and subsequently formed a bearish flag (blue trend lines). Flags are generally a reliable type of continuation pattern, which means the flag should break lower soon. The next targets are $2.62 and $2.55.

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A daily morning star setup (not shown) indicates the upward correction may extend. Resistance at $2.75 should hold. This is the 38 percent retracement from $2.959, the 62 percent retracement from $2.816, and the 1.382 projection of the wave up from $2.641. A close over $2.75 would confirm the morning star and call for an extended correction $2.80 and possibly $2.85.

Overall, our bias remains negative. Therefore, even if prices rose to test resistance we expect $2.75 to hold and for natural gas to continue its decline.

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