Energy Futures Update

News & commentary on Energy Futures markets including Crude Oil WTI, Crude Oil Brent, Heating Oil, Gasoline RBOB, Natural Gas & more.

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03/25/2015 waiting for fresh signal

Posted on 3/25/2015 1:21:06 PM by: Larry Baer, Market Strategist @ Zaner. 312-277-0112.

SEE CHART

 


Options Play: What is really going on with crude oil?

Posted on 3/22/2015 1:24:30 PM by: Matt McKinney, Market Strategist @ Zaner. 312-277-0115.

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TRADING COMMODITY FUTURES AND OPTIONS INVOLVES SUBSTANTIAL RISK OF LOSS AND MAY NOT BE SUITABLE FOR ALL INVESTORS. YOU SHOULD CAREFULLY CONSIDER WHETHER TRADING IS SUITABLE FOR YOU IN LIGHT OF YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES, KNOWLEDGE AND FINANCIAL RESOURCES.

 

Options Play: What is really going on with crude oil?

 Even though fundamentals have played a very prominent role recently, I still wonder what is really going on with crude oil.

 

Fundamentally, to support the recent plunge in crude WTI prices are righteous. Everything I continue to read talks about more production and supply. Currently we are sitting on all-time record supplies here in the U.S. and the Energy Information Agency (EIA) report that hits the wire service every Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m. Chicago time has shown a build in inventories for the tenth straight week this past .Wednesday

There are no producers in the world including the great Fracker's here in the U.S. nor OPEC who are even considering cutting back production. Everyone wants their market share of the $40- $45/barrel oil market. Now that also includes Russia, Canada, Texas, and soon Iran. A deal I hear is in the making for the nuclear weapon's sanctions to be lifted in Iran. That will be roughly another 2 million barrels per day to the all-time record high glut.

As I tell me clients and prospects if crude oil was really trading on the true fundamentals of the, meaning the true supply and demand, I believe the price would be at around $25/barrel. However, I also explain that I am not foolish enough to think the big boys, big traders, and big money will allow for it. My outlook for crude oil prices for the June or July futures in the coming weeks could go as low as $30-$35/barrel.  

 

Technically, on the chart below I have placed my favorite technical indicators. They are the 9 day Simple Moving Average (SMA, red line), the 20 day Simple Moving Average (SMA, green line), and the 50 day Simple Moving Average (SMA, blue line). I have also added the Bollinger Bands (BB's, yellow lines) and Candlesticks (red and green bars), each bar represents one day of trading on the daily chart, one week of trading on the weekly chart, and one month of trading on the monthly chart.

On the daily chart below the June crude market is in what I refer to as a "PRINCIPAL TREND" down. This is a term I have coined that determines the strongest form of a trend that a market can be in according to my favorite technicals, whether up or down. In this case it's down. In order for this "PRINCIPAL TREND" down to take place first I need the 9 day SMA (red line) to point down on a fairly sharp angle. Next I need the 9 day SMA  to cross down and under the 20 day SMA (green line). Then I need the 20 day SMA to also point down on a fairly sharp angle. As the 9 day SMA has crossed down and under the 20 day SMA and both indicators are pointing lower together on fairly sharp angles and the price of the crude is using the 9 day SMA as the first area of resistance and is trading under the 9 day then the "PRINCIPAL TREND" is in full effect.

I have this "PRINCIPAL TREND" down not only on the daily chart, but also the weekly and the monthly as well. See all charts below. 

Daily June crude oil chart

Weekly crude chart

 

Monthly crude chart

 

OPTION PLAY:

Since I see crude prices moving lower from here a play could be to buy put options or bear put spreads with a call for a hedge in a 3 to 1 ratio, that could be 6 and 2, 9 and 3, or 60 and 20 as long as it's a 3 to 1 ratio. The hedge calls or "insurance" calls are just in case the trend changes dramatically to the upside. When we buy options with th 3 to 1 strategy the risk is limited and predetermined.

Another play could be to sell deep out of the money calls collecting premium. Remember selling naked options involves unlimited risk and should only be considered if you have a well-funded account.

For exact details on other types of risk, months, expiration dates, strike prices, and number of positions feel free to contact me at 312-277-0115 or mmckinney@zaner.com. In addition, I am by no means "married" to the silver market. I like to make trade recommendations to my clients in the direction of the existing trend whether the market be the precious metals, currencies, financials, softs, grains and more.

 

FREE QUOTE- "I hated every minute of training, but I said, 'don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion." -Muhammad Ali

 

 

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NO UPDATE TODAY

Posted on 3/18/2015 6:08:06 AM by: Rick Alexander, VP, Trading @ Zaner. 312-277-0107.

EIA GAS STORAGE

 

Higher closes for the crude and heating oil along with the rbob and natural gas but not as good as it seems. Yes, the energy complex ralled sharply from its session's lows but the closes were just okay. In fact, the energy complex had a decent selloff from the pit's close making their settlement prices look better than the last prices on the electronic close. However, there were no new contract lows made today which could still lead to higher prices in the short term. I am not smart enough to tell you when energies will bottom out at this time.. Natural gas also had a nice rally off its lows while in its nearest resistance area at this time. SELL SIGNALS FOR CRUDE AND HEATING OIL ALONG WITH THE RBOB AND NATURAL GAS. CALL FOR DETAILS!  For additional charts, quotes, news, commentary & more, sign-up for a FREE 30-day trial to Market head.Com

 

 

 

 


NO UPDATE TODAY

Posted on 3/11/2015 6:33:03 AM by: Rick Alexander, VP, Trading @ Zaner. 312-277-0107.

EIA GAS STORAGE

 

Higher closes for the crude and heating oil along with the rbob and natural gas but not as good as it seems. Yes, the energy complex ralled sharply from its session's lows but the closes were just okay. In fact, the energy complex had a decent selloff from the pit's close making their settlement prices look better than the last prices on the electronic close. However, there were no new contract lows made today which could still lead to higher prices in the short term. I am not smart enough to tell you when energies will bottom out at this time.. Natural gas also had a nice rally off its lows while in its nearest resistance area at this time. SELL SIGNALS FOR CRUDE AND HEATING OIL ALONG WITH THE RBOB AND NATURAL GAS. CALL FOR DETAILS!  For additional charts, quotes, news, commentary & more, sign-up for a FREE 30-day trial to Market head.Com

 

 

 

 


02/12/2015 Crude has a buy signal

Posted on 2/19/2015 1:19:17 PM by: Larry Baer, Market Strategist @ Zaner. 312-277-0112.

SEE CHART

 


NO UPDATE TODAY

Posted on 2/18/2015 6:24:34 AM by: Rick Alexander, VP, Trading @ Zaner. 312-277-0107.

EIA GAS STORAGE

 

Higher closes for the crude and heating oil along with the rbob and natural gas but not as good as it seems. Yes, the energy complex ralled sharply from its session's lows but the closes were just okay. In fact, the energy complex had a decent selloff from the pit's close making their settlement prices look better than the last prices on the electronic close. However, there were no new contract lows made today which could still lead to higher prices in the short term. I am not smart enough to tell you when energies will bottom out at this time.. Natural gas also had a nice rally off its lows while in its nearest resistance area at this time. SELL SIGNALS FOR CRUDE AND HEATING OIL ALONG WITH THE RBOB AND NATURAL GAS. CALL FOR DETAILS!  For additional charts, quotes, news, commentary & more, sign-up for a FREE 30-day trial to Market head.Com

 

 

 

 


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