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A little more downwards movement was expected for the week but did not happen. Price remains within a consolidation zone.

Summary: The Elliott wave structure for intermediate wave (4) does not look complete. It may continue sideways now for another 8 weeks.

The larger trend remains upwards, so pullbacks may be used as opportunities to join the trend.

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New updates to this analysis are in bold.



US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Monthly 2018
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The bear market for US Oil looks to be over and a new bull market looks to be in its early stages. The prior bearish wave count has been invalidated, leaving only this very bullish wave count.

A huge zigzag down to the last low may be complete and is labelled here Super Cycle wave (II).

Cycle wave b must be seen as complete in August 2013 for this wave count to work. It cannot be seen as complete at the prior major swing high in May 2011.

Cycle wave b is seen as a zigzag, and within it primary wave B is seen as a running contracting triangle. These are fairly common structures, although nine wave triangles are uncommon. All subdivisions fit.

Primary wave C moves beyond the end of primary wave A, so it avoids a truncation. But it does not have to move above the price territory of primary wave B to avoid a truncation, which is an important distinction.

If cycle wave b begins there, then cycle wave c may be seen as a complete five wave impulse.

Super Cycle wave (III) must move beyond the end of Super Cycle wave (I). It must move far enough above that point to allow room for a subsequent Super Cycle wave (IV) to unfold and remain above Super Cycle wave (I) price territory.

Cycle wave I may be incomplete. It may be unfolding as an impulse and may have now moved through the middle portion. Commodities have a tendency to exhibit swift strong fifth waves, and this tendency is especially prevalent for third wave impulses. Intermediate wave (5) to end primary wave 3 may be very swift and strong, ending with a blow off top.

When cycle wave I is complete, then cycle wave II may be a deep correction that may not move beyond the start of cycle wave I below 26.06.

Data from FXCM for USOil does not go back to the beginning of Super Cycle wave (I). Without an accurate known length of Super Cycle wave (I) a target cannot be calculated for Super Cycle wave (III) to end using Fibonacci ratios. The target for Super Cycle wave (III) may be calculated when cycle waves I, II, III and IV within it are complete. That cannot be done for many years.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Weekly 2018
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Intermediate wave (3) may now be complete. There is no Fibonacci ratio between intermediate waves (1) and (3), and intermediate wave (3) is longer than 1.618 the length of intermediate wave (1).

This wave count fits with classic technical analysis at the monthly and daily chart levels.

Intermediate wave (2) was a deep double zigzag. Given the guideline of alternation, intermediate wave (4) may be expected to most likely be a shallow flat, triangle or combination. It may be about even in duration with intermediate wave (2), or it may be a little longer because triangles and combinations are more time consuming structures.

Intermediate wave (4) has now lasted a Fibonacci 13 weeks. At the daily chart level, at this stage, I cannot see it as a complete corrective structure. The next expectation will now be for it to possibly complete in a further 8 weeks to total a Fibonacci 21. It may not exhibit a Fibonacci duration though (this is a rough guideline only).

Intermediate wave (4) may find support about the lower edge of the black Elliott channel. It may end within the price territory of the fourth wave of one lesser degree; minor wave 4 has its territory from 66.65 to 59.13.

At this stage, only two structural options fit for intermediate wave (4) at the daily chart level: a triangle and a combination. They are both equally valid and have about an even probability.

Because the last wave down to support, ending on the 16th of August, now looks like a complete structure and will only subdivide as a three, it cannot be wave C of a flat correction. For this reason, a flat correction at this time does not fit and has been discarded.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Intermediate wave (4) may be unfolding as a double combination.

This wave count is adjusted this week to have a slightly better fit.

The first structure in a double combination may be a complete zigzag labelled minor wave W. There is a little disproportion within minute wave a between the corrections of minuette waves (ii) and (iv), but this is slight enough to be acceptable for this market.

The double is joined by a complete three in the opposite direction, a zigzag labelled minor wave X. X waves within combinations have no minimum nor maximum allowable length, and may make new price extremes beyond the start of wave W as this one does. The only guideline in terms of depth for X waves is that they are normally very deep.

The second structure in a double combination would most likely be a flat correction as the two most common structures in a double combination are one zigzag and one flat.

Within a possible flat correction for minor wave Y, minute wave a now looks like a completed three. Minute wave b must now retrace a minimum 0.9 length of minute wave a, and it may move beyond the start of minute wave a as in an expanded flat. Minute wave b should exhibit clear weakness, should exhibit lack of support from volume, and at its end should exhibit some divergence between price and either or both of Stochastics and RSI.

When minute wave b is complete, then minute wave c would need to end at least slightly below the end of minute wave a at 64.43 to avoid a truncation.

The purpose of the second structure in a double combination is to take up time and move price sideways. To achieve this purpose minor wave Y would be most likely to end about the same level as minor wave W about 63.60.


US Oil Elliott Wave Chart Daily 2018
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Intermediate wave (4) may be unfolding as a triangle.

Subdivisions for this wave count this week are relabelled. Minor wave A is now seen as a single zigzag, which has a reasonable look. Minor wave B is now also seen as a single zigzag, which has a better look.

Minor wave C may have been a complete double zigzag, which has a very good fit. C waves are the most common triangle sub-waves to subdivide as a multiple, so this labelling fits with a common pattern.

Minor wave D within a contracting triangle may not move beyond the end of minor wave B above 75.26. The A-C trend line has a shallow slope, so the upper B-D trend line should have a reasonable slope for the triangle trend lines to have a reasonable rate of convergence. A contracting triangle would have a sloping B-D trend line, so this looks most likely. One of a triangles five sub-waves is usually about 0.618 the length of the prior sub-wave; this gives a possible target for minor wave D.

Minor wave D within a barrier triangle may end about the same level as minor wave B at about 75.26, so that the B-D trend line is essentially flat. A barrier triangle here would not produce triangle trend lines that converge at a reasonable rate. This would not have the right look. A barrier triangle looks unlikely.

When minor wave D is a complete zigzag, then a final zigzag down for minor wave E would most likely end reasonably short of the A-C trend line. Minor wave E may not move beyond the end of minor wave C below 64.43.



US Oil Chart Monthly 2018
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The short term volume profile is bearish: the strongest month in the last few months was the downwards month of May (where the balance of volume was down) and now June shows a decline in volume, so volume has not supported upwards movement here.

July saw another red monthly candlestick with the balance of volume downwards, but the market fell of its own weight; it was not supported by volume. This is not necessarily bullish, but it does point to a consolidation as somewhat more likely here.

For the short term, On Balance Volume is also slightly bearish. This supports the idea that price may be within a correction and not necessarily a continuation of the larger upwards trend.

However, it is entirely possible that this situation could reverse and volume could start to support upwards movement, as has happened back in January 2018.

The larger trend is upwards.


US Oil Chart Weekly 2017
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An upwards week with an increased ATR and support from volume is short term bullish.

On Balance Volume is still more bearish than bullish. Adjusted trend lines here may be expected to provide support and resistance, in the first instance, and then a breakout would provide a signal.


US Oil Chart Daily 2017
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This chart looks bullish for the short term. Look for resistance about 72.50 and then 75.30.

Look for On Balance Volume to possibly find resistance at the yellow line. A break above this line would be a weak bullish signal. The line has only been tested three times, so it holds only weak technical significance.

Published @ 01:34 a.m. EST on 25th August, 2018.