Gasoline Breaks Down as Oil Forms Bear Flag


Gasoline Jan13 (^RBF13) formed a lower high and broke support with a sharp decline this week. First, notice that the trend since mid September is down with a series of lower lows and lower highs taking shape the last few months. This week's breakdown signals a continuation of the medium-term downtrend and targets a move to the lower channel trend line. Potential support in the 2.50 area is confirmed by the 50-62% retracement zone. The indicator window shows MACD turning bearish with a move below its signal line and into negative territory. ETF traders can refer to the US Gasoline Fund (UGA).

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Light Crude Jan13 (^CLF13) is also sporting a bearish setup. Note that the overall trend since mid September is down. Crude is attempting to firm in the 85-90 area, but cannot break 90 to reverse the downtrend. A breakout, and close, above 90 would be medium-term bullish. Barring a breakout, note that crude formed a bear flag over the last six weeks. Flags are continuation patterns. Bearish flags slope up and bullish flags slope down. A break below flag support would signal a continuation lower and target a move to next support in the 80 area. ETF traders can refer to the US Oil Fund (USO).

Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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