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Upwards movement to a target at 51.14 to 51.2 was expected.

Price moved higher and so far has turned at 50.93 just short of the target zone.

Summary: Downwards movement is expected as likely from here but is not yet confirmed. Only when price breaks below the lower edge of the upwards sloping blue channel on the daily chart will I have confidence that the upwards wave is over and the next wave down is underway.

New updates to last analysis are bold.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2014
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US Oil has been in a bear market since August 2013. While price remains below the upper edge of the maroon channel drawn here and below the 200 day simple moving average it must be accepted that the bear market most likely remains intact. I will not publish a bull wave count while this is the case and while there is no technical confirmation of a trend change from bear to bull.

The structure of cycle wave c is incomplete.

This wave count sees US Oil as within a big super cycle wave (II) zigzag. Cycle wave c is highly likely to move at least slightly below the end of cycle wave a at 32.70 to avoid a truncation. Cycle wave c may end when price touches the lower edge of the big teal channel about this zigzag.

It is just possible that cycle wave c could be complete at the last low of 37.75. However, that would see cycle wave c truncated by 5.05, which is a large truncation. I would consider this possibility only if it is confirmed with a clear breach of the maroon channel on the monthly chart.

Within cycle wave c, primary wave 5 is expected to be extended which is common for commodities.

Within primary wave 5, no second wave correction may move beyond its start above 62.58.

Draw a channel about this unfolding impulse downwards. Draw the first trend line from the highs labelled primary waves 2 and 4 then place a parallel copy on the end of primary wave 3. Next push up the upper trend line slightly to contain all of primary waves 3 and 4. Copy this channel over to the daily chart. The upper edge should provide resistance.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2014
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The intermediate degree corrections were brief and shallow within primary wave 3 down. Now, within primary wave 5, this correction for intermediate wave (2) is neither brief nor shallow.

Within the zigzag of intermediate wave (2), minor wave C is 0.21 short of 0.618 the length of minor wave A. Intermediate wave (2) has reached up almost to the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio of intermediate wave (1). It is very likely that it is over here.

If it continues any further, intermediate wave (2) is likely to find resistance at the upper edge of the maroon channel copied over from the monthly chart.

Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) above 61.82.

Draw a channel about intermediate wave (2) using Elliott’s technique for a correction: draw the first trend line from the start of minor wave A to the end of minor wave B, then place a parallel copy on the end of minor wave A. At this stage, there is no confirmation that intermediate wave (2) is complete. Only when there is a full daily candlestick below the lower edge of the channel and not touching that lower trend line would there be confirmation that the upwards wave is over and the next wave down has begun. While price remains within that channel the risk that upwards movement could continue will remain high and the invalidation point will remain at 61.82.

If price turns down as expected, then look for some support initially about the lower edge of the blue channel. If price breaks below support there, then look for a throwback to that trend line. If a throwback to the line ends at resistance, at the line, then the trend line strength is reinforced. When price behaves like that it provides a perfect opportunity to join a trend.

Over the next few days, I will wait patiently for the lower blue line to be breached and then I shall wait patiently for a throwback.

At 26.86 intermediate wave (3) would reach equality in length with intermediate wave (1).



US Oil Chart Daily 2015
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Since 27th August the black ADX line has pointed downwards indicating at first an expiring trend and now a consolidation. Last week, as price moved higher, ADX began to indicate a new upwards trend. Today the black ADX line is again flat indicating no clear trend.

Price broke above the first horizontal line of resistance to find resistance at the next horizontal line and turn down from there.

An evening doji star has formed with the last three daily candlesticks. This is a bearish reversal pattern.

It looks like the market remains range bound with price finding resistance at the upper horizontal line. The bearish candlestick pattern and resistance indicate some downwards movement should develop from here. There still has not been a breakout from this consolidation. A downwards swing may be expected to continue until price finds support and Stochastics is oversold.

This analysis is published about 10:02 p.m. EST.