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NATURAL GAS closed higher on Thursday and the highrange close sets the stage for a steady to higher opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain neutral to bullish signalling that sideways to higher prices are possible nearterm. If it extends the rally off June's low, the 38% retracement level of the 20112012decline crossing is the next upside target. Closes below the 20day moving average crossing are needed to confirm that a shortterm top has been posted.