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Risk Premium Leaving Crude Oil, Positive for Equities

Commodities / Crude Oil Feb 04, 2011 - 02:36 PM GMT

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Commodities

Oil prices have plunged today in anticipation of a peaceful transition in Egyptian leadership into presumably U.S.-friendly -- and democracy-friendly -- hands, which will quell perceptions of event risks in the oil market.

From a technical perspective, however, the Bull Trap high established on Monday was the oil market's way of winking at us about a potentially friendly resolution. As we speak, perhaps some risk premium is being extracted from the oil market, which should be a positive and supportive development for the equity indices in general and the S&P 500 emini (e-SPH) in particular.


Let's notice that the e-SPH remains perched above key support at 1300-1298 and appears to be consolidating ahead of yet another attempt to push to new highs. If oil prices really start to get hammered, the e-SPH could rocket later in the session -- towards the next optimal target zone of 1320/30.

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By Mike Paulenoff

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