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Crude Oil closed slightly higher on Thursday as it consolidates the decline off last week's high. The mid-range close sets the stage for a steady to lower opening on Friday. Stochastics and the RSI remain bearish signalling that sideways to lower prices are possible near-term. If it extends the decline off last week's high, January's low crossing. Closes above the 20-day moving average crossing would signal that a short-term low has been posted.