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Crude Oil closed higher due to short covering on Thursday despite record high US oil stockpiles. The mid-range close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI are oversold and are turning neutral to bullish hinting that a short-term low might be in or is near. Closes above the 20-day moving average crossing are needed to confirm that a short-term low has been posted. If it extends this month's decline, May's low crossing is the next downside target.