It's hard for me to understand how you can trade futures other than financial derivitives off of technicals. I would think that commodities would trade off of fundamentals alone. Currencies, grains, metals, oil and natural gas etc. should be controlled by supply and demand, weather , politics, etc. Yet I see lots of traders trading off of chart patterns alone. The only explanation I can come up with is that lots of other traders are doing the same thing thus creating a self-fulfilling scenerio. Perhaps some of you commodity traders can enlighten me.