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Crude Oil closed higher due to short covering on Tuesday as it consolidates some of last week's decline. The mid-range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Wednesday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signalling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. If it extends last week's decline, the reaction low crossing is the next downside target. Closes above the 20-day moving average crossing are needed to confirm that a short-term low has been posted.