Natural Gas Price Forecast: Bullish Weekly Setup on Deck

Bruce Powers
Published: Apr 22, 2024, 20:25 GMT+00:00

Natural gas continues to trade within last Tuesday's range, hinting at a potential breakout of last week’s hammer candlestick pattern on a rally above 1.81.

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Natural gas rises on Monday but continues to trade within the price range from last Tuesday with momentum and volatility muted. Tuesday’s high was 1.80 and it was briefly exceeded to the upside on Friday, with a high of 1.81. It looks like natural gas is eventually heading towards the top line of the symmetrical triangle consolidation pattern to test resistance.

If it were hit today the line would represent approximately 1.92. However, given the lack of enthusiasm in the advance so far, further consolidation may come first. The long-term downtrend line is an area to watch for support during short-term pullbacks.

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Weekly Bullish Hammer Candle Setup

A key price level for natural gas is last week’s high of 1.81. If exceeded, the upper range of the triangle becomes the next target zone. Also, last week ended with a bullish hammer candlestick pattern. Therefore, a bullish breakout above 1.81 will trigger that candlestick pattern. Interestingly, the prior week ended with a bearish shooting star candlestick pattern, and it was triggered to the downside last Monday.

This provides a potential setup on the long side that could lead to a pickup in momentum. What we have is the potential for a bullish reversal in the weekly time frame, following a bearish reversal that was triggered the previous week. This type of “whipsaw” is what can sometimes begin sharp moves.

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Next Opportunity for Breakout is with the Current Advance

Once a breakout of the triangle triggers, the price of natural gas should see a clear increase in momentum. The triangle pattern is well defined with five touches of the boundary lines so far. Given the clear establishment of the pattern a breakout, either up or down, can follow.

However, given that natural gas has been rising following the most recent swing low of 1.65, the next potential breakout would likely be to the upside. Either the current advance breaks through the top line and then rises above the most recent swing high of 1.94, or resistance is seen near the top line that leads to a turn lower. If the turn lower is brief, another attempt at an upside breakout could follow.

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About the Author

Bruce boasts over 20 years in financial markets, holding senior roles such as Head of Trading Strategy at Relentless 13 Capital and Corporate Advisor at Chronos Futures. A CMT® charter holder and MBA in Finance, he's a renowned analyst and media figure, appearing on 150+ TV business shows.

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