Natural Gas Technical Analysis and Near-Term Outlook
Natural gas continues to struggle to take out $2.62 and test the 62 percent retracement of the rise from $2.308 at $2.60. However, because the primary wave down from $3.06 has taken out its $2.66 smaller than (0.618) target, odds still favor an eventual decline to the $2.53 equal to (1.00) target. Falling below $2.65 before prices rise much higher will clear the way for a test of $2.60 and then $2.52 in the coming days.
With that said, today’s move up from $2.615 has challenged first resistance around $2.70, and there is a good chance for a test of $2.74 and even $2.79 tomorrow. Resistance at $2.74 is in line with the 10-, 50-, and 100-day moving averages and could prove to be a stalling point for the upward correction. However, $2.79 is more important. This is the 38 percent retracement of the decline from $3.06 and must hold for the near-term outlook to remain bearish.
Settling above $2.79 would not mean the move down is over. However, this would call for a test of $2.84 and possibly $2.89. The $2.89 level is the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $3.06 and is in line with the $2.887 swing high. Overcoming this would invalidate the primary wave down from $3.06 that projects to $2.53. Closing above $2.89 is currently doubtful but would reflect a bullish shift in external factors and call for a push toward $3.00 again.
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