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Advice on how to manage short positions is given this week with an hourly chart to support members trading.

Summary: The target is at least a new low below 47.06; it should be comfortably below that point. Beware that bounces may be brief and shallow. The hourly chart may be used to manage a trailing stop for traders with a shorter time horizon. Traders with a longer horizon may use prior support, about 50.50.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2016
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Within the bear market, cycle wave b is seen as ending in May 2011. Thereafter, a five wave structure downwards for cycle wave c begins.

Within cycle wave c, at this stage it does not look like primary wave 5 could be complete. That would only be possible if primary wave 4 was over too quickly.

Primary wave 1 is a short impulse lasting five months. Primary wave 2 is a very deep 0.94 zigzag lasting 22 months. Primary wave 3 is a complete impulse with no Fibonacci ratio to primary wave 1. It lasted 30 months.

Primary wave 4 is likely to exhibit alternation with primary wave 2. Primary wave 4 is most likely to be a flat, combination or triangle. Within all of these types of structures, the first movement subdivides as a three. The least likely structure for primary wave 4 is a zigzag.

Primary wave 4 is likely to end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree; intermediate wave (4) has its range from 42.03 to 62.58.

If primary wave 4 is incomplete, then it looks like it may not remain contained within the channel. Sometimes fourth waves overshoot channels and this is why Elliott developed a second technique to redraw the channel when it does not contain a fourth wave.

Primary wave 4 is most likely to be shallow to exhibit alternation in depth with primary wave 2. So far it has passed the 0.382 Fibonacci ratio at 45.52. It may now continue to move mostly sideways in a large range.

Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory above 74.96.

At this stage, primary wave 4 has completed intermediate wave (A) only. Intermediate wave (B) is incomplete.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2016
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The whole structure of primary wave 4 is seen here in more detail.

The first wave labelled intermediate wave (A) is seen as a double zigzag, which is classified as a three.

Intermediate wave (B) is also a three. This means primary wave 4 is most likely unfolding as a flat correction if my analysis of intermediate wave (A) is correct. Flats are very common structures.

Intermediate wave (B) began with a zigzag downwards. This indicates it too is unfolding most likely as a flat correction.

Within intermediate wave (B), the zigzag upwards for minor wave B is a 1.29 correction of minor wave A. This indicates intermediate wave (B) may be unfolding as an expanded flat, the most common type.

The normal range for intermediate wave (B) within a flat correction for primary wave 4 is from 1 to 1.38 the length of intermediate wave (A) giving a range from 26.06 to 16.33.

Primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory above 74.96.

Within the larger expanded flat correction of primary wave 4, intermediate wave (B) must retrace a minimum 0.9 length of intermediate wave (A) at 28.61 or below.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2016
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Minor wave C downwards must subdivide as a five wave structure.

Within minor wave C, minute waves i and ii should be complete and minute wave iii must be incomplete. Upwards movement, which is labelled minuette wave (ii), cannot be minute wave iv as it overlaps back into minute wave i price territory.

Within minute wave iii, minuette wave (i) is complete and minuette wave (ii) is complete.

Minuette wave (iii) must make a new low below the end of minuette wave (i) at 47.06. It must move far enough below that point to allow for subsequent upwards movement for minuette wave (iv) to unfold and remain below minuette wave (i) price territory.

Within minuette wave (iii), no second wave correction may move beyond the start of its first wave above 53.76.

At this stage, within minor wave C, corrections should now be expected to be relatively brief and shallow lasting maybe up to a about three days at most. There should now be a strong downwards pull from the middle of a third wave.

A best fit channel is drawn about the downwards wave labelled subminuette wave i. When price breaches the upper edge of this channel, then subminuette wave i may be over and subminuette wave ii may have arrived. Subminuette wave ii may be expected to be shallow, maybe only 0.236 or 0.382 of subminuette wave i.

This channel is very steep, so it does not have good technical significance. It may be best used to pull down a trailing stop each day to protect profits. Members with a longer time horizon for trading may like to leave the market ample room to move. At this stage, I have pulled my stop down to just above 50.30.

The cyan trend line is drawn from the high labelled minor wave B to the next swing high labelled minute wave ii. This is a Magee trend line for a bear market. Expect that US Oil is most likely in a downwards trend as long as price remains below this cyan trend line.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Hourly 2016
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In order to better manage short positions an hourly chart is added this week. This is not always necessary for Oil analysis, but as members have requested it and it may help, it is provided.

The structure of subminuette wave i may be incomplete, but it is very close to completion. The best fit channel is replicated here and trailing stops may be set by eyeballing the upper edge of the channel; a price point is added to show how I have determined the stop today. To this figure I have added 3X my normal broker spread and ensured my stop is not set at a round number.

Oil may be ready for a small brief shallow correction after the next low. It is up to each member to decide if they exit short positions there or hold on for the target at 25.59.



US Oil Chart Daily 2015
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Some decline in volume overall for the last three sessions indicates a lack of support for downwards movement from volume. However, On Balance Volume remains very bearish.

In looking for a temporary end to this downwards wave, we may look for a day with a long lower wick on a daily candlestick and an increase in volume and RSI reaching oversold or Stochastics being extreme and exhibiting divergence with price at lows. None of these conditions are met yet.

About halfway through a strong trend Oil often exhibits contraction in Bollinger Bands. That has begun to happen now; this trend will be interrupted by a bounce soon.

Oil can trend very strongly and bounces can be brief and shallow. ATR and ADX are very bearish.


OVX Chart Daily 2015
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Normally, volatility should decline as price rises and volatility should increase as price falls. Divergence from this normal can provide a bullish or bearish signal for Oil.

There is no short term divergence between price and volatility to indicate an end to this downwards wave yet.

This analysis is published @ 02:47 a.m. EST.