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Is Crude Starting Another Upmove? (Bullish Wedge)

05/27/05 09:46:58 AM
by Ashwani Gujral

Crude oil seems to have completed its decline in the last few weeks in the shape of bullish wedge. It seems to have found support at $48. If it sustains the $51 level, it could head to the $61 level.

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The price of crude is a key variable in the global growth projections. Similarily, a bullish wedge in an ongoing uptrend can be a key indicator of that trend continuing. A bullish wedge is a downward-sloping triangular formation in an uptrend. A sustained breakout above the upper line of this pattern indicates that the price has resumed its journey up. A key feature of the bullish wedge is that the range of the bars narrow and volume slows down as the bullish wedge is about to break out.

Figure 1: Crude Oil Daily Chart
Graphic provided by: eSignal.
On the daily chart (Figure 1), a bullish wedge is seen to be forming. The wedge takes support twice at the 48 level and then breaks above the upper boundary of the wedge. A measurement of the target is made by taking the previous significant rally, which here is $13.50 from the $44.50. Adding $13.50 to $48, a target of $61 is achieved. In addition, we can see the seven-day relative strength index (RSI) has given a trendline breakout. Taking both signals, it seems likely that crude will move higher.

Figure 2: Crude Oil Weekly Chart
Graphic provided by: eSignal.
On the weekly chart (Figure 2), the same pattern is visible. A 50-week moving average is drawn on the chart to confirm the trend. It shows that crude has held all major supports in its decline and its long-term bull market is intact. A check of the average directional movement index (ADX) shows a value of 15.41, which shows the lack of a strong trend and small swings. As the ADX rises above 20, it will be key to watch a strong trend develop on the weekly chart, which may support the upmove further.

Ashwani Gujral

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