Time To Light Up The Natural Gas ETF Again? ($UNG)


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Last week, on October 2, we locked in an 11% gain on a swing trade in US Natural Gas Fund ($UNG), a commodity ETF designed to roughly track the price of natural gas futures contracts. As you may recall, we sold the ETF into strength as it came within pennies of our original upside price target. In the following day’s ETF commentary in our newsletter, we said we would be looking for a potential, low-risk re-entry buy point into UNG. Specifically, we said, “Even though we have closed this trade, UNG could still move much higher in the intermediate-term. The rally over the past week was a breakout above a valid base of consolidation, which could set into motion a new intermediate-term uptrend for this ETF. As such, UNG is now on our radar screen for potential re-entry after it either pulls back or forms a bull flag chart pattern. There is a good chance we will be able to re-enter the trade at a slightly lower price, or possibly near the current price, but with a more positive reward to risk ratio after UNG undergoes at least a near-term correction.”

Since then, UNG has indeed formed a bull flag on its daily chart. As such, we are now listing it in the ETF watchlist section of today’s (October 9) swing trading newsletter as a potential swing trade re-entry. Since it is a commodity ETF, it’s a bonus that this ETF has a low correlation to the direction of the main stock market indexes, which may be headed lower in the near-term. Below, we have annotated the bull flag chart pattern that we were anticipating to subsequently develop after exiting the trade on October 2:

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