Natural Gas Surges higher Off of Intraday Lows
On the Third Day of the Correction the markets gave to me…
Three parabolic earnings trades, two panic buyers and a bear pushed up a pear tree. Interesting and yet transparent the markets moved back into cross hedging mode – what I mean by this is that time when traders look to a parallel market for direction. Like treasury yields and the equities markets or the price of gold and the movement in the U.S. Dollar. This type of action tends to slide around the globe from the U.S. to the Asian markets to Europe and then back to the U.S..
Tesla Motors and Groupon exceeded earnings expectations with TSLA pushing to new all time highs on Thursday. Groupon jumped back above $10. The other sort of parabolic move (down) was in Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, which slumped. Overall though, the broader indexes continued to trace out “bounces” after moving lower the first three days of this week.
Treasuries stood firm on Thursday and optimally will continue higher tomorrow. The Precious Metals quickly absorbed early weakness as gold powered back above 1300and silver moved back above 20. Mining stocks were some of the better performing on Thursday as evidenced by the 8.6 % jump in the GDX and an 8.8% jump in the HUI. It is too early to declare these markets as having reversed just yet, but as discussed on Wednesday I am watching intently for opportunities. Traders using the Hawk, Falcon, or Eagle platform from Indicator Warehouse and looking for tradable moves may elect to add GDX, GLD, and SLV to your roster of indexes and ETFs.
The Euro moved up to the 1.34 level on Thursday with the run up being the best for trading. Once again, the market sat in a very tight range for the better part of the session. The Euro has pushed into overbought readings suggesting a pull back/period of consolidation is likely. Without the markets turning lower again or the bond market resuming its decline any consolidation has been held to higher levels.
Natural Gas increased its intraday range today after the EIA (Energy Information Administration) reported that U.S. natural gas stocks increased by 96 billion cubic feet last week. Expectations were for 74 to 78 billion cubic feet. The futures were already down heading into the report and spiked lower right after. Support at $3.176 was breached and quickly recovered with prices then finishing up almost eight cents or 2.37%. The momentum generated by the swift decline and surge higher gave buy signals up to and including the weekly chart (an updated chart is below.) The monthly chart keeps alive the potential for a continued decline dropping prices to next support at $2.875.
Natural Gas (Weekly Future)
Even with additional downside potential prices should continue to rally. More to catch up with EIA average price expectations for the balance of 2013 at $3.71 to $3.76, with average expectations for 2014 coming in at $3.95 per million BTUs. If an additional down leg it yet to occur I would expect a rebound rally to reach back towards $3.47 to $3.55 over the near to mid-term.
Bollinger Bands™ measure the “high” or “low” of the price relative to previous trades and are considered a volatility indicator. Therefore by definition prices are high at the upper band and low at the lower band. This definition can help in pattern recognition and when combined with additional indicators help to arrive at decisions as to direction or trend.
The chart below keeps in perspective just how far Natural Gas prices have dropped and the channel that should contain additional selling if a near term rally is to take hold.
Natural Gas (Weekly Future w/Bollinger Bands)
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