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CRUDE OIL closed higher and the midrange close sets the stage for a steady opening when Friday's night session begins. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bearish signalling that sideways to lower prices are possible nearterm. Closes below the 20day moving average crossing would confirm that a shortterm top has been posted. If it renews the rally off June's low, the 50% retracement level of this year's decline crossing is the next upside target.