The near-term outlook for natural gas became more negative today and prices are poised to test at least $2.70 and possibly $2.66 tomorrow. The small move up at the end of the day indicates resistance will probably be challenged first, but $2.76 and no higher than $2.79 is expected to hold.
The confirmation of a daily evening star and bearish RSI divergence and the settle below the 50-day moving average have opened the way for a continued pullback from Tuesday’s $2.788 swing high. In addition, March 9’s $2.712 swing low was taken out when prices fell to $2.71. This was the first time since February 12, when the upward sloping channel began to form, that prices have fallen below a prior daily swing low. The move down may be corrective, but these bearish factors and reversal patterns have increased odds for a test of major near-term support at $2.66. A close below this would open the way for targets below $2.60 again.
That said, support at $2.72 held on a closing basis and the small move up from $2.71 will probably challenge today’s $2.76 midpoint first. This level should hold, but key resistance is $2.79, near today’s open. A close above $2.79 would shift near-term odds back in favor of $2.82 and ultimately $2.87, the key threshold to a more positive outlook as discussed in our longer-term weekly forecast.
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