The upper horizontal green line at $566.60/mt is the 67% retracement of the move from the $654.60/mt high reached in September 2012 to the September 2014 low of $388/mt. The November price has moved above this resistance in four of the past five sessions, with one daily close above this level on Feb. 9, although a weekly close above this resistance will require a further surge in Feb. 12 trade.
A move above this level could face resistance from weekly highs from 2012 and 2013 at $577.20/mt to $577.60/mt, then again at $626/mt. These are the only two obstacles preventing a continued move to the $654.60/mt last reached in July 2012.
The first study shows noncommercial traders (blue histogram bars) reducing their bullish net-long position for six straight weeks as of the most recent Feb. 2 data. We will be watching for Friday’s CFTC data release for a possible reversal in this recent trend.
The lower study shows the new-crop Nov21/Jan22 futures spread at modest carry of $0.60/mt (January contract trading over the November). This spread weakened by $0.10/mt on Feb. 11 but can still be viewed as a bullish spread overall and well-below full commercial carry. This bears watching.
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