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Natural Gas Trapped in Temporary Stall

Posted 08/16/2018 9:43AM CT | Jeff Ratajczak

September Natural Gas is trading sideways to a short-term up pattern.   It seems trapped in a range between $2.900 -and 3.000.  Momentum studies are high and are starting to move downward.  The moving averages are trending higher but should start to turn over soon.  As the prices reach toward the $3.000 level buying pressure should abate.   Support is apparent at $2.900, maybe a little below.  There is strong resistance just below $3.000.   A close above $2.980 should signal another leg higher, but I personally don’t think so.   A close below the $2.900 level may signal a move to the next range lower. 

In today’s EIA report we saw a smaller than usual injection of 33 bcf introduced into the supply chain.  Moderate temperatures are expected in the coming days of the short to medium-term.  Coupled with the low injection this may cause prices to drop if the $3.000 level is approached.  I would recommend exposure to the short side of the market.  Caution should be used until momentum studies show divergence to the price level. 

Natural Gas Sep ’18 Daily Chart

Natural Gas Sep '18 Daily Chart

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Jeff Ratajczak

Senior Market Strategist
Jeff attended Illinois State University. In 1993 Jeff began his financial career in the stock market as a retail broker. He transitioned to futures in 1999 with LFG Intermarket Group, which became ZAP Futures. In 2004 ZAP Futures was acquired by RJO Futures' parent company R.J. O'Brien. Jeff's focus is to assist clients in managing risk and speculate through futures and options strategies.
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