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Downwards movement for the week was expected for US Oil.

Summary: Downwards movement is still expected, but a trend change is still not yet confirmed. It is important to wait for confirmation before having confidence in this wave count. A full daily candlestick below the lower edge of the blue channel and not touching the lower blue line is required. So far price is only overshooting the blue line. I am concerned that the fall in price for this last week comes on declining volume, although this volume profile was seen in parts of the last big drop in price for US Oil. The market can fall of its own weight and this may be happening again, but it illustrates why it is important to have confirmation before having confidence.

New updates to this analysis are in 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 still 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. The lower trend line is currently about where price is finding some support. This wave count expects that support to give way and price to break below the channel. Thereafter, it may provide resistance.

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.

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



US Oil Chart Daily 2015
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Note: At the time of publication markets are still trading for the 19th. StockCharts data for this session is unavailable until after NY closes. This regular technical analysis covers sessions only up to 16th October.

Volume overall continues to decline. The volume profile indicates US Oil remains within a consolidation. Price returned to below the lower red horizontal trend line, which is now again providing some resistance. If the Elliott wave count is correct, then this line should continue to provide resistance. A break above that line would indicate the Elliott wave count has prematurely labelled intermediate wave (2) as over.

ADX this week is declining indicating the market is range bound and not trending.

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 03:58 p.m. EST.