What’s Up, What’s Down: Bullish for the Metals Again

Comments for Friday, December 4, 2009

Looking Ahead to Today by Reflecting Back at Thursday’s Price Action


Higher closes yesterday for heating oil but lower for crude, the rbob and natural gas. The crude, heat and rbob have been unable to penetrate crucial areas to turn these markets higher. Gas closed lower again making another new CONTRACT LOW AND CLOSE.

Crude Oil Chart


Lower closes Thursday for Eurodollars, notes and bonds. All of the indices are still in up-trends long term but the bonds were hurt by today’s action and did go several basis points lower with a similar formation in October. Also the bonds are now in a support area awaiting the unemployment report. The notes look better technically however while the Eurodollars have been flattening out.

US Treasury Chart


Higher for gold but lower for silver, gold and platinum. All of the metals continue to look strong overall with gold leading the way making another new CONTRACT HIGH AND CLOSE along with platinum while silver made a new recent high before settling lower in minor reversal type action.

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Rick Alexander has been a broker and analyst in the futures business for over thirty years. He is a Vice-President for Sales and Trading at the Zaner Group (www.zaner.com) a Chicago-based futures brokerage firm. If you would like a free booklet explaining the charts mentioned above, email Rick at ralexander@zaner.com.

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