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A Spark For Natural Gas?

12/27/01 02:27:55 PM
by Austin Passamonte

Natural gas and related issues may be poised for an upswing. Here's a technical look at a few related issues.

Security:   XNG, XLE, APA
Position:   N/A

Recent price action in the energy sectors has seen dramatic declines off relative highs from the past year or so. Will current bargains in fuel stretch into the near future and beyond?

Our weekly/daily chart view (Figure 1) of the AMEX Natural Gas Index shows that daily chart stochastic values are toppy and suggest another trip to support near 170 may be in store, but according to weekly charts that could be a gift entry for bullish plays near there. With the bottom of weekly chart triangle and daily chart mid-line channel both near the 170 zone, the XNG looks to have firm support in that area.

Figure 1: Weekly/Daily Charts: XNG
Graphic provided by:
Graphic provided by: QCharts.

Figure 2: Weekly Chart: XLE

How does one play such a move? Natural gas iShares listed on Amex as linked here:

This iShare has strong concentration of natural gas components and also lists option contracts as well. It has a good chance of popping the current sembalance of a triangle and testing the $30 level near its 50-DMA if natural gas catches fire and pops a bit from here. Supply & demand are the only two things that move price action in any market, and we are entering a strong seasonal period for energy.

Figure 3: Weekly Chart: APA

Another natural gas & energy component is Apache Corp pictured above. Looks to us like it's forming a very distinct bullish head & shoulders reversal pattern. The inverted H&S neckline could be measured right near its 50-DMA, right above the 454 level and a clean break from there might find running room to $65 where recent resistance lies in wait. Stochastic values indicate upside pressure exists and may be released soon.

With the coldest three-month period just ahead, we can almost hear those thermostats turning higher across the country and heating costs to follow suit. We might have seen the cheapest cubic feet already billed this winter and energy sector components strongly suggest higher prices are ahead.

Watch For Coiled Markets!

Austin Passamonte

Austin is a private trader who trades emini stock index futures intraday. He currently trades various futures markets from home in addition to managing a trader's educational forum

Title: Individual Trader
Address: PO Box 633
Naples, NY 14512
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