Natural Gas Technical Analysis and Near-Term Outlook
Natural gas formed another hanging man pattern today. As discussed yesterday, this would normally dampen odds for a larger test of resistance. However, the intra-day wave formation up from $2.368 looks to be unfolding as a five-wave pattern, and the move up from $2.596 is likely Wave V, which targets $2.80. This is the XC (2.764) projection of Wave I, the smaller than (0.618) target of Wave III, and the larger than (1.618) target of Wave 1/V. The connection to $2.80 is made through $2.72 and then $2.76.
Once $2.80 is met, a significant three-wave test of support is anticipated. An eventual close above $2.80 would call for the move up to unfold as a larger five-wave pattern (or at least a nested three-wave pattern) that targets $2.93 and higher.
With that said, the hanging man patterns warn that the move up might be a simple three-wave correction of the decline from $3.507 that is stalling around $2.70. Should natural gas take out the $2.618 swing low look for a test of $2.58. This is the 38 percent retracement of the rise from $2.368 and is a level that must hold for the move up to continue to unfold as a five-wave pattern as expected. Settling below $2.58 would call for a test of key support at $2.50, a close below which would confirm the corrective move up is over and would shift odds back in favor of a continued decline.
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