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A new low below 46.86 invalidated the main Elliott wave count and provided confidence in the alternate.

Summary: Expect a new strong wave down has begun. Target 34.34. Stops may be set just above the invalidation point at 50.22. Invest only 1-5% of equity on any one trade.

For the very short term, another bounce may end above 48.75 and below 50.22.

The bigger picture for Oil is still bearish and has support from volume analysis.

New updates to this analysis are in bold.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2017
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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.

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.

There is alternation in depth with primary wave 2 very deep and primary wave 4 shallow. There is inadequate alternation in structure, both are of the zigzag family, but there is some alternation within structure. Primary wave 2 is a single zigzag and the triangle for intermediate wave (B) gives it a sideways look. Primary wave 4 is a sharper and quicker double zigzag.

If it continues, then primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory above 74.96.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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The wave sees primary wave 5 beginning with a leading diagonal for intermediate wave (1), and now a deep expanded flat for intermediate wave (2). This has good proportion, and fits at the daily chart level.

Intermediate wave (2) may not move beyond the start of intermediate wave (1) above 55.24.

This wave count would require an overshoot of the maroon channel for minor wave C of intermediate wave (2) to avoid a truncation. If that trend line provides resistance, then it may force intermediate wave (2) to be a rare running flat.

However, the rarity of running flats means an alternate idea should be considered below.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2017
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It looks like price is continuing to find very strong resistance at the upper maroon trend line, which is copied over from monthly and weekly charts.

Despite the disproportion between intermediate wave (2) and minor wave 2, this wave count does fit in terms of subdivisions.

Minuette wave (ii) may move higher for the short term, so that it looks like an obvious three wave structure when it is complete. Minuette wave (ii) may not move beyond the start of minuette wave (i) above 50.22.

If this wave count is correct, then at its end minuette wave (ii) should offer a good entry opportunity to join the downwards trend. However, this could be wrong, so risk management is very important. Always use a stop to manage risk.



US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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Recent days’ strongest volume is for downwards movement through the months of May to August. This strongly suggests that the larger trend is still down and upwards movement is still a counter trend movement. So far this year Oil has made a series of lower lows and lower highs, the definition of a downwards trend, although the bounces have been deep and time consuming.

For the short term, price has bounced up off support about 46.50. Price may find resistance about 49.40.

Recent bearish signals from On Balance Volume support the Elliott wave count.


OVX Chart Daily 2017
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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. However, it is noted that this signal occurs both in minor and major lows and it cannot be used to distinguish between them.

No recent divergence between price and volatility is noted this week.

Published @ 07:58 p.m. EST.