Prices tested and gave up gains as prices tested the moving Avg on the week before. As long as these moving averages are declining, they will provide inviting, low risk sell opportunities, just as they provided similar opportunities during the uptrend last year. Given the dramatic reaction to last week’s first approach I’d guess it will take an extended period of consolidation allowing time for the slope of the declining resistance to lessen and for the construction of a base sufficient to support more than a one or two week rally (higher closes for the last two weeks were the first consecutive higher weekly closes since the first two Fridays of December) toward a traditional spring/summer high…and there is still that requirement that prompt gas find support at a higher low.
Market internals faded to neutral last week after showing at least tepid support for a price recovery in mid/late February. This week average daily volume increased as prompt gas fell and open interest resumed adding contracts after a one week decline (the 13th increase in 14 weeks). A price negative bias was added to both. Volume declined minimally from the previous week.