Weekly Chart – Prices Plunge for a 7th Week
Natural gas prices are down 46.15% since the beginning of this year. If losses hold throughout February, the heating commodity will be looking at its worst 2-month performance since 2001! This past week alone was the 7th consecutive decline, marking the longest losing streak since the beginning of October. Natural gas fell 15.41% last week amid a milder United States weather upgrade.
Looking at the chart below, prices are continuing lower in the direction of the bearish Head & Shoulders implied target. If natural gas follows the outlook of the chart formation, we could see prices reach lows from 2020. That makes for a range of support between 1.44 and 1.61. Let us take a closer look at the daily chart to see what are key levels to watch in the week ahead.
Another Doji candlestick pattern made itself present after prices closed on Friday. This is not the first time we have seen a Doji in a while. In fact, something like the latter has appeared on numerous occasions throughout the most recent downtrend since December. The Doji is a sign of indecision, not necessarily a reversal warning.
What matters is after the Doji. Upside follow-through could be an increasing sign of a turn higher. At this time, momentum is favoring the downside given a lack of RSI divergence. Prices now face immediate support which is the 100% Fibonacci extension level at 2.326. A confirmatory breakout under this price exposes the 114.6% level at 1.555.
In the event of a turn higher, keep a close eye on the 20-day Simple Moving Average (SMA). The latter is helping maintain the near-term downside focus. It may hold as resistance, pivoting natural gas back lower. Otherwise, extending gains would place the focus on the December 2021 low at 3.536. The latter may establish itself as new resistance.