News, Breakouts, Momentum Plays & Bottoms – August 19, 2022

MY JOURNAL FOR FRIDAY – August 19, 2022


The Canadian Technician

Oil and Gas – Calling Crude Oil’s Bluff?

Greg Schnell | August 19, 2022 at 05:11 PM

Energy investors have been watching a crisis emerge in Europe while the world tries to share tight supplies after the Russia/Ukraine conflict. On the back of the war on February 24th, oil spiked. Following the immediate spike, oil and oil names have wandered sideways.

Even off the June lows, oil and oil names have meandered sideways. I did a Market Buzz show on Wednesday describing why investing in oil is hard right here. That show can be seen here.

Why Energy Investing Is So Hard:

Crude Oil

A look at the crude oil chart shows the problem. The two-year trend line is cracking after the double pattern emerged in June. Positives for the chart are that the PPO has just returned to zero and if this is going to start to trend higher for the 4th quarter, it is not uncommon for a momentum indicator to cycle back to zero before starting the next rally.

Natural Gas

The chart for Natural Gas is really only for futures traders as the tracking ETF’s are a problem with the market open only 25% of the time. The price is swinging wildly week to week and overnight gaps are huge.

High volatility makes high rewards both ways!

Daily Charts

Looking at both crude oil and Natural Gas on the daily chart bring some other price action into play.

First of all the crude oil chart. The rate of descent has been slowing and we can see that on the momentum indicator which is negative but flat. However, until crude oil actually starts to outperform the $SPX to the upside, it seems the selling of the SPR (strategic petroleum reserve) has worked to moderate price acceleration. The low volume on oil contracts also makes it a potential turning point.

Natural Gas is another world compared to the oil chart. The commodity has been outperforming the $SPX as seen on the purple area panel. Price is building a head/shoulders base with a $9.50 neckline, suggesting the move to the upside could be $4 or $13.50.

But I titled the article as calling crude oils’ bluff. Why?

XOP is holding up while crude oil has been drifting lower. That is a positive sign.

Some Names Starting To Work

A few of the associated stocks are starting to break out of the basing funk they have been in for months. COP is a nice example.

Another is OXY.

Lots of things to be aware of, and we are watching them closely. But if this trend can continue, I think this area could be a great 3rd and 4th quarter play. Looking for more information?

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