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Are Crude And Gasoline Looking At A Short-Term Top?

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Crude oil and natural gas futures posted volatile moves this week that may be setting up another sharp rise to the upside, or a corrective move to the downside. Both markets have potential to rally further even after huge rallies, but since the moves are highly speculative, traders may be expressing a little caution about playing the upside in both markets at current price levels.

The natural gas story is bullish because of expectations of a cold winter after the summer heat trimmed the excess supply. Crude oil is bullish because OPEC is working on a plan to limit output in the face of a huge global supply glut.

The stories behind the current speculative moves are bullish, but may not be proven until well into the future – late November for crude oil and late December for natural gas. So the current rallies may be indicting that price is too far ahead of time. If this is a valid conclusion then we may see a pullback over the near-term into value zones. In this article, I’ve identified the pattern and price levels driving these markets this week and the next.

Weekly December Oil

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The main trend is up according to the Weekly December Crude Oil chart. The change in trend occurred last week when buyers took out the previous top at $50.59.

Despite the strong upside momentum in October, this week’s price action suggests the rally may be stalling. The first sign of weakness will be a break back below the…

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