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Energies; Ready to Burn?

By Adam Harris, markets trader and contributor for Trade with Precision

As I treated myself to Taco Tuesday at Wahaca in London, I couldn’t help but notice the enthusiasm with which the UK is abandoning its meagre Summer this year. The country is eagerly embracing the cooler winds and darker shades of Winter- way too early for my liking. It really did cross my mind to wonder when I would have to switch the heating back on - and it feels like I only just switched it off a month or two ago.

 With wintry weather approaching the Northern Hemisphere, and possibly sooner than usual, it makes sense to see where the energy commodities are at. And it isn’t at all surprising to see them looking more bullish than they have in recent months.

This increase in demand for energy commodities from the countries in the colder climes could offer opportunity to traders everywhere, regardless of where they are based. The charts below have caught my attention, let’s assess them for potential trading opportunities that could set up over the coming days, or weeks.

Across each of these charts, I am principally bullish, and am really just looking for the best possible entry to go long. In some cases, I will need additional confirmation before anticipating an entry signal. And with some of the charts, it’s feasible that I could have more than one entry opportunity. All of this is based on my strategy. I’ll be looking for bullish candles, usually in the buy zone - the area around the 10 and 20 simple moving averages - combined with strong support levels, reinforced by Fibonacci levels, which are an added bonus.

For this analysis, I’ve focused on the Cash versions, starting off with Gasoline. The monthly chart below shows a solid uptrend, with price neatly retracing back towards the buy zone.

The daily chart is indicating a nice bullish uptrend, with price currently retracing to 1.7000, which also aligns with a 38.2% Fib level and is also located in the moving average buy zone. It would make most sense for me to place my stop loss underneath the protection of the 1.7000 level and to set profit targets at multiple points up to 2.2000.For Crude Oil, Brent looks like the pick, with a strong uptrend on the monthly, nice bullish candles in the buy zone, and lots of potential room up to the next level of resistance at 69.00.On the daily timeframe, price is just building beneath the current Support/Resistance level of 53.65, with the MACD and RSI largely confirming bullish momentum. For me, the ideal entry would be the break of 53.65 as a level of support, if price forms a bullish candle in the buy zone before breaking out, then that would add to my reasons for a long trade. I would look to place my stop-loss either below the support of 53.65, or below the recent swing low, for extra protection. Finally, let’s take a look at Heating Oil. The monthly chart is in a nice uptrend, and just breaching the previous highs as it has passed 1.700. Once free of this level, this chart has room to run unbridled all the way up to 2.2400.

As an alternative, price may simply begin to bounce its way up from where it is now. My prerogative will always be to enter around the buy zone moving averages, and the most fair price range at this time still looks to be between 1.6700 and 1.700 as key levels, as well as the current occupation of the buy zone.

So, despite the bleak outlook from my terrace and gloomy weather reports, these bullish charts should be able to keep me warm over the coming weeks as winter breaks here in Europe.

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