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OPTIONS: Nymex Crude Remains In Super Trend Up

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Looking at the weekly charts on Nymex crude oil, we are poised for the longest run of weekly gains since 2009.

SUPER TREND
Technically, the market keeps moving up from the December low of $85.76 per barrel, since then we have formed what I refer to as a super-trend up. See Figure 1 below, a daily Nymex February crude oil chart. The market was recently trading about $94.23 per barrel.

The super-trend started when the 9-day simple moving average (SMA) seen in red, crossed over the 20-day SMA, seen in green. Both SMA's started to point up and the price of crude oil stayed above the 9-day SMA which is now your first area of support.




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WEEKLY CHART
Technically, I see the first step for a buy signal on the weekly chart as well. The 9-day SMA (red line) is starting to cross over the 20-day SMA (green line). If the cross occurs and both SMA's start to point higher and the market stays above the 9-day we would have a buy signal in crude oil on two different time frames, according to my technical analysis. A buy signal on two different time frames would be very bullish with my style of trading options.



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OPTIONS PLAYS
Some potential plays could be to buy bull call spreads and/or outright calls in Nymex crude oil, for traders who believe the uptrend will continue.
I like to recommend to my clients to trade with the trend instead of trying to pick a "top" or a "bottom," but when buying calls or call spreads we also look to buy, in a 3 to 1 ratio, a put for protection in case the market makes a major move against us.

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Matt McKinney resides in Chicago, Illinois. He has specialized in full-service options trading since 1998. He can be reached at 312-277-0115312-277-0115 or mmckinney@zaner.com.

Matt has extensive experience trading options on the energies, metals, grains, softs and 30-year bond market. His strategies include time frames of 45-120 days with the ability to liquidate at any time. The downside risk in the strategies recommended is limited and pre-determined.

Matt's experience includes both fundamental and technical research. He formulates a specific market recommendation and strategy, while ensuring that the client understands the potential reward as well as the risk. If the client understands the trade, risk and potential reward, then the parties move on the trade.

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