CRUDE OIL closed lower on Thursday and the lowrange close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening when Friday's night session begins. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signalling that sideways to lower prices are possible nearterm. Multiple closes below the reaction low crossing would confirm that a top and trend change has been posted. If it renews the rally off June's low, the 75% retracement level of this year's decline crossing is the next upside target.