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  Monday, 25 Mar 2013 | 10:42 AM ET

The Rally You Probably Haven't Heard About

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn
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It's the rally you probably haven't heard about.

The price of natural gas has spiked to its highest level since 2011, advancing 17 percent year-to-date, as supplies declined for 14 consecutive weeks.

(Read More: Energy Boom Ripples Through US Economy)

The month of March, which typically brings rising daily temperatures going into the spring season, can be characterized as colder than average. This cold weather has increased demand for natural gas, prompting prices to surpass the psychologically critical $4.0 level.

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  Friday, 22 Mar 2013 | 10:36 AM ET

Why the Nat Gas Rally Could Run Out of Gas

Natural gas has been ablaze. The commodity has doubled over the past eleven months, and just this week traded up to its highest level since September 2011.

So can the rally continue?

Well, one potential problem lies on the chart horizon.

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  Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 3:32 PM ET

Why These Charts Look Bad for Stocks

It's time to get out of the market — and not buy back in until the S&P 500 index drops 5 to 8 percent.

At least, that's what BTIG Chief Market Strategist Josh Dollinger told CNBC's "Futures Now" Thursday. And the reasons behind the call lie in the technicals indicators.

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  Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 2:36 PM ET

Crude Oil Falls, but Traders Remain Bullish

Posted By: Drew Sandholm
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U.S. light, sweet crude for May fell to $92.79 a barrel on Thursday, yet some professional traders saw it as a bullish sign that black gold wasn't trading at a lower level, especially given a flurry of headwinds.

(Read More: Crude's Losses Snowball as Cyprus Swamps Market)

"We got the Cyprus issue, we still got a weak economy in Europe going on, China is still on the fence on how their economy is coming out of their little selloff and demand really hasn't picked up in this country," said Anthony Grisanti, founder of GRZ Energy in New York. "So I actually I like crude because I think it's held up well under all these negative circumstances."

(Read More: CNBC Explains 'Economy')

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  Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 12:27 PM ET

Pro: Crude Could Soon Plummet

Posted By: Rich Ilczyszyn

Crude oil has had a choppy ride over the last of couple days, but this is a phenomenal market to play using technicals.

The wall has been $94.45, which is the 50% retracement on the year, and a close above that level is needed to spark a potential breakout. Since then, though, crude has found major support against the 100- and 200-day moving averages at $92.60 and $92.45.

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  Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 12:21 PM ET

Are You Buying or Selling Crude Oil?

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Crude oil was pushed lower on Thursday by fears of further turmoil in the euro zone, as Cyprus scrambled to avoid bankruptcy, and by manufacturing data which showed a deepening downturn in the currency bloc.

Brent crude futures last fell 0.7 percent to $108 a barrel. U.S. light, sweet crude was at $93 per barrel, down 0.8 percent.

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  Thursday, 21 Mar 2013 | 11:58 AM ET

Pro: Why Silver Could Catch Up to Gold

Posted By: Jim Iuorio
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Gold and silver tend to track each other pretty closely,but it you've looked a chart recently, you probably noticed that gold has started to beat the lesser metal.

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  Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 10:52 AM ET

Pro: Why I'm Buying the NASDAQ

Posted By: Jim Iuorio
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The NASDAQ has shown impressive strength in the face negative headlines. Over the last two days, NASDAQ 100 futures have rejected the day's lows, and managed to finish with only mild losses.

The main reason for the relative strength is probably are surgence in Apple shares, as Doug Kass predicted on Thursday's episode of Futures Now. Apple accounts for some 13 percent of the NASDAQ weighting.

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  Wednesday, 20 Mar 2013 | 10:43 AM ET

Will Ben Bernanke Revive Gold?

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Federal Reserve Board Chairman Ben Bernanke

After a two-day meeting, the Fed is due to the release its monetary policy statement later this afternoon, as well as its economic forecasts. The news will be followed by a press briefing with Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke.

(CNBC Explains: Federal Reserve Open Market Operations)

Investors will be looking for any signs that the central bank could start winding down its quantitative easing program. It is expected to keep monetary policy unchanged this month however, continuing its super low rates policy and its $85 billion a month in asset purchases. Fed watchers expect it to stick with its program until the middle of next year, according to CNBC's Fed survey.

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  Tuesday, 19 Mar 2013 | 2:54 PM ET

Fed May Spook Bonds, but Cyprus May Curb Downside: Pros

Posted By: Drew Sandholm

The outside chance that seemingly endless monetary stimulus could be on the road to withdrawal may upset bonds, yet traders expect Europe's latest troubles to limit any potential downside.

The 10-Year Treasury note has enjoyed a massive rally over the last three sessions, with yields hitting their lowest level in three weeks. Some investors are being drawn to bonds ahead of the U.S. Federal Reserve's policy decision on Wednesday.

The Fed's efforts to support an economic recovery has sent stocks on a tear, but also put a floor under bond prices. In September, it launched a third round of quantitative easing (QE), in which it will buy $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities per month, primarily in mortgage-backed bonds. Those open-ended purchases mean they will continue to flood markets with cheap liquidity indefinitely, in order to drive down unemployment.

(Read More: CNBC Explains the Federal Reserve)

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