Natural Gas Price Forecast: Testing Support Amidst Consolidation

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Natural gas retreats further from Wednesday’s 1.94 high on Thursday as it tests support around the 20-day MA with the day’s low of 1.77. The 20-Day line is at 1.76 and it is strengthened by the long-term downtrend line, which marks the same price area. Notice that the 20-Day line and trendline have joined together. This should lead to a rejection of price to the upside, but there are no signs of it yet.

Moving Averages Show Improving Strength

Natural gas rallied back above the 20-Day line on April 1, and there was one subsequent successful test of support at the 20-Day MA. Today provides the second such test. A bounce and bullish reversal off the 1.76 price zone should complete the test and clear the way for natural gas to continue to advance. Over the past week the 8-Day MA has risen back above both the 20-Day and 50-Day MAs. And there was recently a higher swing low (C), reflecting improving demand.

Further Consolidation Possible Until Clear Breakout

Nevertheless, there is also a possibility that natural gas traces out a consolidation pattern. A bearish pennant or symmetrical triangle is the form now taking shape. It remains valid until there is an upside breakout above Wednesday’s high of 1.87. A drop below Monday’s low of 1.75 will increase the likelihood that consolidation may continue.

Rise Above 1.89 Shows Strength

Near-term resistance is now at today’s high of 1.89. A breakout above that high will provide the next sign of strength that could lead to a breakout above Wednesday’s high of 1.94. Once there is a daily close above that level natural gas should be ready to progress higher. The neckline for a potential double bottom bullish pattern is at 2.01 (B), with the first higher target zone around 2.06 to 2.08. Other target areas of interest are marked on the chart.

Weekly Chart, Bullish Signs

The weekly chart (not shown) is not a screaming buy, but it does show bullish progression. Last week’s close was relatively weak as it was in the lower half of the week’s trading range. Further, this week’s performance is also at risk of closing in the lower half of the week’s range. At the same time, this week’s low and last week’s both found support around the 8-Week MA, now at 1.73.

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This article was originally posted on FX Empire


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