Daily Archives: November 1, 2018

WTI Crude Oil Weekly Chart Review

 

I have made a few changes for crude oil, as I’m bringing back that a potential 4th wave bear market rally has completed.  Since the 2016 bottom, wild swings and overlapping wave patterns seemed to have been normal for oils bullish run. Technically I have no problem in making this fit as a 4th wave bear market rally, but time will have the biggest impact if it turns out to be true.

All sorts of reasons are being used to justify the recent decline in oil, but what good are these reasons when they constantly change. Not too many experts follow the Commercial hedger’s Commitment of Trader reports but the ones that do I find are more believable.  We are witnessing the results of a trade war where it gets to the point when the inventory of crude oil is piling up. Any news that inventory levels have dropped can send crude oil prices soaring. Even a 61% or more bearish correction may change my mind, but then I want to see a zigzag decline and not travel to new record lows.

This is just one COT report on Oil and the commercials show that they don’t see a huge bull market coming. Mind you the speculators most certainly do. Speculators follow the “Herd Theory” because once a small group turns bullish then all their buddies seen to jump in as well. This kind of action always puts the speculators in a trap, and in this case, they are in a bull trap.

The media reports the action of the large speculators as the smart money, which their not! I have notifications set up from Oilprice.com so this is about as real-time fundamental news as I can make it. It’s never about the stories but it’s all about the intensity of the news. If in one week only 2 oil bearish news article gets posted, but a month later there are 10 or more bearish news releases, then this has increased in intensity dramatically.

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I would say this is one big reason why the oil price is crashing as the trade wars start to have an effect. Fear about Iran is also overblown as Iran can keep China well supplied.

The Gold/Oil ratio will give us a clues when crude oil becomes cheap again. Today it sat at 19.38:1, which is a bit cheaper in recent weeks but, not even close to being cheap when compared to the gold cash price.  A real extreme low was 44:1 back in 2016, so the Gold/Oil ratio still has to spread a lot! Until some of these numbers change, I have to remain bearish towards oil.

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RBOB Gasoline Weekly Chart Review

 

 

This Decembers 2018 weekly chart of Gasoline Blendstock. When I make the switch to the daily chart settings then the 2018 peak changes as well. This will throw any wave count into a confused mess which looks more like a “Truncated 5th wave” and a diagonal 5th wave as well.  We can argue for eons what the power is when we see a “shortened 5th wave”‘.

Truncated or shortened 5th waves at peaks are extremely bearish patterns and truncated 5th waves at a major bottom are extremely bullish signals. Nobody will tell you this but there is no shortage of real-world charts with major reversals at a 5th wave. Being bearish on a truncated 5th wave is the worst wave counting mistake we can make. Silver is a prime example of a truncated wave structure, as its major bottom was in 1993, not in 1999 or 2000 like most analysts tell us.

Tuesdays Market Vane Report showed about 75% bulls present so this tells me that most gasoline traders are already into the long side leaving little room for another herd of bullish investors still to come in. Besides massive crude oil short positions, the commercial traders don’t see it the way the talking heads do.

From the 2016 bottom, RBOB produced a choppy bull market that sure kept me guessing as overlapping wave structures abounded. This is usually a sign that this market is in a rally that is going against the larger trend. Any sized bear market rally always retraces itself, and it is only a question of time before this will get confirmed by the markets.

The crude oil markets are just about at a standstill as China took no imports from the USA in August. Hurricane season destruction usually doesn’t last that long, besides that the media does a poor job of reporting what is going on anyway.

The biggest draw for RBOB gasoline prices is that huge open gap below. For the next few months or longer, RBOB could also form another zigzag decline, as diagonal waves are all about connecting zigzags.  Either way, expect some violent moves in both directions as the new trend looks like it is down.

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