US OIL: Elliott Wave and Technical Analysis | Charts – May 7, 2021
A little more upwards movement this week remains below the invalidation point for the main Elliott wave count. If the main Elliott wave count is invalidated early next week, then the alternate Elliott wave count may be used.
Summary: At this stage, classic technical analysis now offers slightly more support to the alternate Elliott wave count than the main Elliott wave count. A new high by any amount at any time frame above 67.97 would see the main Elliott wave count invalidated and then the alternate should be used.
The main Elliott wave count expects downwards movement may continue for another two to four weeks to a new target zone at 54.86 – 55.75. Thereafter, the next target is at 46.76 if price keeps falling.
The alternate Elliott wave count expects the upwards trend may have already resumed.
The larger trend remains up.
A longer-term target for a third wave is at 87.90 or 121.43.
Oil may have found a major sustainable low in April 2020.
ELLIOTT WAVE COUNT
The basic Elliott wave structure is five steps forward and three steps back. This Elliott wave count expects that US Oil has completed a three steps back pattern, which began in July 2008. The Elliott wave count expects that the bear market for US Oil may now be over.
Following Super Cycle wave (II), which was a correction (three steps back), Super Cycle wave (III), which may have begun, should be five steps up when complete. Super Cycle wave (III) may last a generation and must make a new high above the end of Super Cycle wave (I) at 146.73.
A channel is drawn about Super Cycle wave (II): draw the first trend line from the start of cycle wave w to the end of cycle wave x, then place a parallel copy on the end of cycle wave w. This trend line is breached to the downside, which is a typical look for the end of a movement for a commodity.
The upper edge of the channel may provide resistance. Price is reacting down from the upper edge of this channel.
Super Cycle wave (III) may only subdivide as a five wave impulse. New trends for Oil usually start out very slowly with short first waves and deep time consuming second wave corrections. However, while this is a common tendency, it is not always seen and may not have been seen in this instance. The first reasonably sized pullback may be over already.
Super Cycle wave (III) must subdivide as an impulse. Cycle wave I within the impulse may be complete. Cycle wave II may also now be complete, and cycle wave III upwards may now have begun. Primary wave 2 within cycle wave III may not move beyond the start of primary wave 1 below 33.65.
Primary wave 2 would most likely subdivide as a zigzag. Intermediate wave (A) within the zigzag may be a complete impulse. Intermediate wave (B) may have continued higher this week as a double zigzag. If intermediate wave (A) is correctly labelled as a five wave impulse, then intermediate wave (B) may not move beyond its start above 67.97.
Primary wave 2 may last weeks to months.
As price approaches the first target zone at 54.86 to 55.94, and if then the structure is complete and technical analysis indicates a low may be in place, then it may end there. But if price keeps falling and / or the structure of primary wave 2 is incomplete, then the 0.618 Fibonacci ratio at 46.76 would be the next target.
Labelling within primary wave 2 may still change as it unfolds and alternate wave counts for the short-term structure may need to be considered. There are several different structures that primary wave 2 may unfold as.
Primary wave 2 may not move beyond the start of primary wave 1 below 33.65.
ALTERNATE WEEKLY CHART
This alternate wave count moves the degree of labelling within the start of the bull market down one degree. It is possible that cycle wave I is incomplete.
Primary wave 3 may have ended at the last high. Primary wave 3 is close to equal in length with primary wave 1; it is 0.79 longer than primary wave 1.
Primary wave 4 may subdivide as any corrective structure. It is possible that primary wave 4 may be a complete triangle; this is now outlined on a daily chart below. If it continues further, then primary wave 4 may not move into primary wave 1 price territory below 43.77.
ALTERNATE DAILY CHART
It is possible that primary wave 4 may be a complete regular contracting triangle. This triangle does not have a normal look; intermediate wave (A) is much longer than all other triangle sub-waves, which is abnormal and reduces the probability of this alternate wave count.
Primary wave 5 must subdivide as a five wave motive structure, most likely an impulse. Intermediate waves (1) and (2) within primary wave 5 may be complete.
Intermediate wave (3) must subdivide as an impulse. Within intermediate wave (1): Minor wave 1 may be complete, and minor wave 2 may not move beyond the start of minor wave 1 below 60.62.
If price makes a new high above 67.97 by any amount at any time frame, then some confidence may be had in this alternate wave count.
SECOND ALTERNATE DAILY CHART
In order to avoid the odd looking triangle in the first alternate daily chart above, it is possible that primary wave 4 was a very brief zigzag and primary wave 5 has begun with a series of overlapping first and second waves.
The invalidation point is the same. The target is the same.
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A slight increase in volume this week supports the alternate Elliott wave count.
ADX supports the alternate Elliott wave count slightly; but if the upwards trend is again underway, then it is still extreme.
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The short-term volume profile is not exactly clear. The strongest recent session was an upwards session, but it closed red and downwards movement within that session may have dominated. The last session has closed as a green doji, but it was a downwards session with an increase in volume. Overall, the short-term volume profile may slightly support the alternate Elliott wave count.
There is no bearish candlestick pattern to indicate this bounce may be over.
Published @ 07:07 p.m. ET.
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