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Crude Oil Intraday Record High Update

This bull market in oil keeps pushing higher and it still may not be finished. At this time it looks like and ending diagonal could be forming with a drop to the bottom trend line can still happen.

Higher and higher price forecasts for oil have flooded the internet and in the short term some of them may still get hit. The question always on my mind is “what is going to happen “after” thier price targets become true. In reality they have no clue as, and besides if they did, they might get fired for being bearish.  I have no such hang-ups in calling an oil bubble, but it is impossiableto define an exact top at this time. The big question is, “Is this bull market just a big bear market rally (fake bull market), or is it the real thing.

There is nothing wrong in playing any fake bull market, but then you really have to know when to sell or go short.

They all thought that the 2013 peak was a bull market yet another crash ensued producing a complete retracement. That was a Primary degree peak and at present we may be at an Intermediate degree peak.

Bear market rallies have a dubious reputation of  crashing with “complete 100% retracement”, even if it is retraced by only slimiest of margins. The EWP is still the best way of seeing bear market rallies depending on where we are counting from. My bearish wave counts come from the 2008 peak which is my Cycle degree wave 3 peak.

The entire oil bull market is so choppy that I find it hard to believe that oil prices are still going to the moon. Commercials have establish large short positions and the majority of experts are “all in”. The is a bullish top heavy trade set-up and it can only end badly. From a shortage to a glut it only took about 8 months in 2008, so this bull market can change dramaticly in a very short period of time.

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Gasoline Blendstock Weekly Chart Price Surge Update

I’m sure you can read all sorts of fundamental reasons why gasoline prices are soaring. I get the same bullshit from the man in the street, that have never ever looked at a futures chart. In the end there is not a single person that can tell you what made gasoline prices go up and down in anyone of these patterns. When the oil market was in a glut in 2016, nobody will know or will remember specificly what turned the oil market northward.  I sure can’t that’s why I use numbers and letters to track the emotional trips that investors make. Never forget where this big bullish cycle originated from.

The big Cycle degree wave 3 peak happened in July 2008, as the expert cries for shortages were heard everywhere. Within 5 months gasoline prices had crashed which  the majority of experts never saw coming. The contrarians were calling for a crash and the markets did not disapoint us.

Today we are faced with the same situation as gasoline prices are going “vertical”.  Summer months seems to be a great time for oil related markets to crash, but the exact date and time is never written in stone. From the 2016 low gasoline prices have charged up with some of the wildest patterns I’ve ever seen. Once again we will hear all sorts of fundamental reasons why prices should keep heading north.

When prices are pointing up, I look down and build the bearish scenerio that will always come.  At $2.26 gas prices are stuck in limbo with no previous resistance from the 2014 crash.  What we do have is a great Head and Shoulder pattern, that from my perspective is a very bearish H&S pattern. Then between the $1.30 and $1.10 price range we have the biggest open gap I have ever seen in any commodity. This gap will get closed and it is only a matter of time before this happens. If we look 5 months or so down the road into the fall, then this is plenty of time for a crash to show itself again.  They call this Gasoline Blendstock but it is much lower than any prices you may find at the pumps.

It seems that turnings happen closer to mid year but this market has no shortage of surprises at least in the short term.

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Crude Oil Intraday Gyrations Update

This morning crude oil also spiked to a new record before it backed off a bit. As I post a reversal is in progress so short term this recent high could still get retraced. The more violent, crude oil gets is the sign of a trend change that oil could be switching to. The price gap between this June contract and the December contract,  has compressed dramatically,  as the December contract is now only  a 65 cent difference.

The Gold/Oil ratio is also at record lows as it hit the mid 18:1 range since early April 2018.  Before oil crashed in 2014-2015 the Gold/Oil ratio managed to hit 17:1 so 18:1 is not that far away.  The entire world seems to be bullish on oil prices, as every price forecast imaginable is thrown at us. I’ve heard all this before  as this potential peak has happened two times before.  This will be my third oil, bearish phase I will be tracking and they all started with very high gold/oil ratios.

The WTI commercials are short oil, and even with the ICE futures they are in short positions. Until this scenario changes I remain bearish on oil.

Some only expect a pull back to $60 or so, but that is a very bullish corrective forecast. Even if oil is ending on an “A” wave in Intermediate degree, a net pull back of 50% can take us to the $40 price range.  A $10-$12 correction is peanuts, as that would not force too many oil bulls to reverse their positions.

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Crude OIl Makes A Swan Dive.

I extended my Minuette degree wave 3-4 with this run into last night being one ugly 5th wave. Early this morning crude oil started to implode, which was also a diagonal. Trump dumps the Iran Deal and oil implodes. Of course, all the forecasts for higher oil prices soon emerged with one forecast at $82.50. I laughed when I read that as it is another example of consensus forecasting.  This morning this June oil contract peaked at $71.80 and then started a decline.

Only time will tell if this peak will hold as my 4th wave in Intermediate degree might find a home for a little longer than just a few hours.

What is far more interesting, is what happened with the Gold/Oil Ratio as oil went vertical. We had a June Gold/Oil ratio managing to compress to a little over 18:61.

This morning the Gold/Oil ratio hit 18.35, which is still the most expensive ratio for this bull market so far.  As the crude oil prices decline further, this ratio will start to expand again.

This crude oil bull market is one of the most lopsided trade setups that I’ve seen in years,  as the professionals are geared for higher oil prices to come.

All these expert fund managers are already in, which has been reported on in great detail.  From my perspective, there is no one left to get in as the “Greatest Fool” has arrived buying into crude oil at $71.80.

The Gold/Oil ratio is a powerful tool as it works on a mathematical base, which the majority ignore. Many of these extreme oil price forecasts mean nothing if you just make a simple ratio calculation.  A $300 oil forecast would give us a $5400 gold price, which is not going to happen. A quick calculation will tell us that the $300 oil forecast is just a mythical dream, not based on reality!

Crude oil is very close to cracking the $70 price level again and that could be the trigger for “sell”orders to kick in.

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$70 Crude Oil Forecast Reached: What’s Supposed To Happen Next?

I get a real kick out of these consensus forecasts as they know that a certain move in oil could hit $70, which it did today.  One thing they never will tell you is what is supposed to happen after their price target gets hit!  You will never hear them say and BTW, “when crude oil hits $70 it will tank to $40”!

When oil is at $65 it’s not rocket science to forecast that oil could go to $70. Crude oil is pushing all the buttons, but every new record high could be the last record high just as well. Sooner or later we will achieve the high for all of 2018. I have posted many links and COT charts showing how the experts are all leveraged to the bullish side in oil, and even the commercial COT reports back that up. When a trade is this lopsided, it has no choice but to crash.  All the protective “Sell” stops are piling up below present prices and some professional traders know how to trigger them.

To say the least I’m very bearish on crude oil, until such a time when I can see a real and proper correction has taken place. That will all depend if the entire oil bull market was a fake or not! Otherwise known as a “Bear Market Rally”  All bear market rallies eventually return to where they started from and bullish investor will be in shock that an oil crash can even happen. Of course, then the blame game will start again as it usually does.

Everyone will regurgitate fundamental reasons why oil should continue to soar, but the biggest fundamental they are all ignoring is the huge amount of bullish bets in one direction. Who is left to get in?  All these one sided bets are all looking for the greatest fool to sell too, but usually all they have to do is look in the mirror, and they will see the last greatest fool still standing!

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Crude Oil Price Soaring To New Record Highs?

 

Crude oil is trying to break out, but it may not happen today. We  may have to wait until next week or during Sunday night trading session.  I’m squeezing out every degree level I have and only have one more left after which we hit rock bottom on my list of 15 degree levels. At such small degree levels I know that  I had a wave in the past that I missed.  This crude oil mania is being pushed to the limits as the COT positions are clearly telling us.

This June contract is still higher than the December contract which is not very bullish as well. Indicators that the majority of analysts use may be good for the short term, but longer term all trends must come to an end and the only question is when. Most of the time trends peak when I run out of degree levels to use. Anything smaller, I’d need an electron scanning microscope to see, never mind to try counting it out.  I’m very bearish towards oil and will remain that way until any major decline has started to kick in.

There should be a massive amounts of sell orders stacking up below present prices so when they start to get hit, a cascading domino effect takes place.

Even the Gold/Oil ratio touched 19:1 this morning, which is getting very close to the 17:1 ratio we had back in 2015 before it crashed. One report from a fund manager suggests $300 oil is doable, but all we need to do is take a quick inverse Gold/Oil ratio calculation, would give us a $5700 gold price. That little calculation gives you a good idea that the $300 oil price forecast is a figment of someones imagination.

As I post crude oil seems to have broken through to new record highs with a big intraday spike. That intraday spike probably triggered many of  the protective buy stops laid down by early short players. The jobs report this morning could have been the trigger!

In the end my 4th wave peak will get moved a bit higher, but this still is a pretty normal inverted zigzag for now. Yes, its a bit longer, but look what the another zigzag did from 1999 to 2008.

Many people thing that crude oil or even gold will not crash as gold/oil bull markets can work inversely to the stock markets. The facts are that during the 2008 crash gold, gold stocks and oil crashed together. I know because I tried to short GDX at that time, but got freaked out when it went against me.

To say that this scenario cannot happen again is ignoring market history, and if we forget market history so fast then investors will pay dearly for that mistake. As a wave anaalyst we have to jot down little numbers and letters so we never forget the past!   🙄

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XEG Canadian Energy ETF Review

I’m looking at other energy related ETFs in the Canadian market to see if it is still on the bearish side or the bullish side.  Some of my bullish friends don’t agree at all, but I can’t ignore what I see. The bottom trend line points to another potential bearish bottom, but that only matters if you have a bearish outlook in the short term.  Most energy related major peaks happened in 2008 which is my Cycle degree wave 3 peak.

Without a doubt the bear market is a diagonal decline  and many say the bear market was over in 2016.  In wave 3-4 correction, we can have expanded patterns that are very normal and plentiful, and if we miss them expanded corrections wreck havoc on our wave counts. A diagonal “C” wave decline is what I’m looking at and I don’t think it’s finished already.

When the planet is bullish on any asset class, then I “always” start looking for the bearish move. Sure, this pattern can be obnoxious and fool around much longer, but it could drop perciptiously as well.  Any Cycle degree bear market should be confirmed with a minimum of three lower degree levels in Primary, Intermediate and Minor degree positions. If I see 5 waves down in Primary degree, then I know instantly that they think they are in Supercycle degree.

Stand in line folks as Cycle degree wave 4 and 5 come first before any SC degree wave even gets close. With the COT reports on crude oil being so bearish,  this market has little chance of a continuing in a northerly direction. Oil soared this afternoon, but this energy ETF only moved a small amount. I don’t believe in the “catch-up” theory at all, as XEG is more like a leading indicator for oil.

This ETF still needs work, but a bearish drop will also give us another fantastic buying opportunity. Only a small majority can take advantage of buying low  as the majority of investors only love to buy “high”. Right now there is a 10 year difference between oil’s Cycle degree wave 3 peak and the indices Cycle degree wave three peaks. This can lead to an early Cycle degree wave 4 bottom. Gold and Silver peaks happened 3 years later, so they could also take 3 years longer to hit a Cycle degree 4th wave bottom.

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Gasoline Intraday Price Action Update

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/gas-prices-in-vancouver-hit-another-all-time-high-this-week-1.3907415

Here in BC, Canada, we have the highest gasoline prices at the pumps in North America!  These high gas prices will be high for the rest of the year or until the futures gasoline prices also crash.  At major record tops, I always ask, “Who is left to get in?” When every expert fund manager, futures trader and guru specialist have already taken bullish positions, “Who is left?” Only the emotional  people are in as they believe all the fundamental hype broadcast to us on a daily basis. Even $300 oil is on the table.  When forecasting the oil price you can’t forget the Gold/Oil ratio is also at work, so a $300 oil price would give us a $6000 gold price!  That will never happen in todays world, so it is pretty easy to throw out the very biased forecast altogether.

Gasoline may have reached a peak in April, and was followed by a nasty little decline. Degree wise it is a very small move, which can still reverse dramatically if the bull market is not finished.  Gasoline has one of the biggest gaps on the planet well below present day prices, and sooner or later the open gap will get closed shut.  Is oil in a big bear rally or are prices going to keep soaring? If this is a big fake run, then without a doubt that huge gap will get closed!

Gold has also enjoyed a bit of a surge this morning, but it would still have a long way to go to break new record highs.

This is the COT report for crude oil! Short positions are on the bottom while long positions are at the top. The light color bars are the speculators and hedge fund managers with massive long positions, while the commercials are  building a massive short position!  Does this look like a healthy picture for the oil bull market to continue? Not from my perspective, it’s not!

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Coal ETF KOL: The First Cycle Degree 4th Wave Bottom?

 

This afternoon, May 1, 2018  I took a detailed count of all the Cycle degree wave 3 peaks, that I have found in all the work I do.  The first quick preliminary count I took I came up with about 16 peaks! This amount surprised me a bit, but when I took the second count I came up with 27 Cycle degree wave 3 peaks. Some are a bit “iffy” and still need work, but in the hunt for Cycle degree wave three peaks, I saw KOL which is a coal related ETF. If you have never seen a great looking implosion, then here is a good one.

Once I looked at that $5 bottom, it looked like the Cycle degree 4th wave has completed. KOL peaked along with oil, and then also crashed with oil.  This deserves watching to see if we finished wave 1 in Primary degree. If that is the case, then a decent correction “must” play out. It sure will not stop at the previous 4th wave of one lesser degree, as a wave 2 crash can go very deep to a 60-70% retracement.  There is a chance that this is a 4th wave rally, but a very steep decline could kill that idea. The bull market from the 2016 bottom looks very impulsive, so that helps the wave 1-2 scenario.

The initial crash from the 2008 peak was straight and steep, which is the sign of a zigzag “A5” wave.  The Primary degree “B” wave top did not soar to new record highs, which a zigzag in this position should not do. We could be in a big triangle with only the first “A”completed and 4 more wild moves to go.

Even with a triangle, we need a much higher move to finish. KOL has no leverage in it that I know of, and this allows the waves to form cleaner with less diagonal waves.

This is a beautiful pattern and I could just about use it as a real world example for the DOW!  I would have to shorten this bear market by about 4 years, which would make all moves much steeper and travel faster.  This KOL needs watching, so a wave two bottom can be confirmed. Having the potential of seeing 5 waves in Primary degree unfold, will be amazing. Any one of my Primary degree idealized charts from inventory, will help.

This would be the very “first”  Cycle degree 4th wave bottom that might hold, but again, it needs love and care to get  confirmed. I don’t have the time to track this in detail, but will try and catch it just “before” it hits a wave 2 bottom. Either way, any wave count idea must be confirmed, or it should be thrown out  and a new count initiated.

 

This is the idealized 5 wave impulse road map I would use.

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Crude Oil Daily Chart $300 0r $21?

It’s a new month and crude oil seems to be at a peak. One little desperate spike last night before it started to back off this morning. I have used this zigzag for some time and this last bullish phase is a diagonal 5th wave. I just read the story that a $300 crude oil was forecast in the next few years. I talked about all the crazy forecasts that we will hear, and this one is the icing on the cake.

On the bullish side, we had the $100 forecast, but they seemed to jump to a $300 forecast. Well folks, I trust my wave counting instincts a lot more, than price forecasts from the most bullish sector on the planet right now. These bullish forecasts from a biased bull inside any sector  is a magazine cover or “blog cover” story  indicator, and usually marks a peak as well. The Bitcoin peak had the same thing. I have been using the crazy forecasts as indicators for a long time, but they are a bit on the rare side.

$64.40 is the first resistance price level to break and from this May 1st peak it could be downhill for oil prices for the rest of this year. This oil bull market is ready for a “Big Dip” that will be far bigger that anyone expects at this time. An inverted zigzag is a very bearish pattern, and definitely not a bullish pattern, so this so called “oil” bull” market is just a big bear market rally and technically must get completely retraced. This is not based on some mythical isolated wave pattern, but I have “many” of these types of patterns I’m working.  Even with gold down and oil pointing up the gold ratio never broke a sweat and is still just under 20:1 today!

Once it starts to dip the $300 oil price forecast will disappear and the $40, $28, $21, and $10 oil forecasts will appear again. I’m very bearish on oil and when a small group sees that fact at the same time, then we usually have a mini price panic. All futures are leveraged asset classes and if you don’t understand the volatility yet to come, then you better run to cash!

Volitility just means a trend change is coming, so hang onto your hat because the oil winds are shifting from the  SW to the NW this summer.

Elliott Wave 5.0 is all about Cycle degree wave counting and at this time I have a preliminary “Peak Count” of about 16 wave 3 peaks in Cycle degree. That is the “most” Cycle degree peaks  that you will ever find on the internet anywhere!  Not a single expert wave analyst can even find one SC Degree wave 3 peak that will hold, but I’m dealing with 16 at this time. Technically speaking, we should have 16 Supercycle degree wave 3 peaks if all wave counts were shifted up by just one degree. In the EWP if you are out by one degree, we are out by a mile as that can mean being out by 60% or more. (.618)

Not until all 5 waves in Cycle degree are found and they hold, then after this is where wave counting enters the realm of Supercycle degree. If we are lucky this may happen closer to the 2029 time frame.

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Crude Oil Weekly: Impending Oil Crash Review!

                      “Is This the Most Bullish Oil Market of All Time?”

The longs to shorts ratio in the six major petroleum contracts rose to record highs last week—a sign that hedge funds and other portfolio managers are certain that the direction for oil prices in the coming weeks is up.
In addition, over the past two weeks, options traders have boosted their bets on Brent rising to 80 U.S. dollars a barrel, and calls on Brent at 80 is the most crowded options trade on the ICE Futures Europe exchange, followed by call options on Brent at 70 a distant second.
Options traders hold nearly 137 million barrels worth of 80 Brent call options, a 37-percent jump from two weeks ago, Bloomberg reports.
In the six most important petroleum contracts, money managers held long to short positions in a ratio of nearly 14:1 last week, compared to a 12:1 ratio at January 23, [2018,] when portfolio managers held the record net long position in oil — 1.484 billion barrels, according to regulators and exchanges data compiled by Reuters market analyst John Kemp.
For the week to April 20, [2018,] money managers held a net long position of 1.411 billion barrels of Brent, NYMEX and ICE WTI, U.S. gasoline, U.S. heating oil, and European gasoil—close to the record net long position from January.
In Brent and WTI only, money managers held last week the most lopsided position ever, with 15 longs for every short.
Hedge funds’ ratio of long to short positions in Brent and WTI jumped to 15:1 from 13.2:1 the prior week, Kemp has calculated using exchanges and regulators data.
–Tsvetana Paraskova, “Is This the Most Bullish Oil Market of All Time?”, OilPrice.com, April 24, 2018.

The above research is priceless as it has nothing to do with ordinary crude oil fundamentals that the majority constantly use. Forecasting with fundamentals didn’t work at the peak in 2008 and it sure will not work at the peak in 2018! Sounds like a 10 year cycle between peaks to me.

Usually when the majority are all thinking the same then chances are good they are also wrong.

Oil has had a great run and right now all the experts/investors/traders are bullish. From the 2016 bottom crude oil started to rally, but it was in a very choppy pattern which is a clue that the rally is going against a bigger trend of at least one degree higher. I show a falling wedge with the two starting points starting from Primary degree points.  The bottom trend line does not need a degree in rocket science to see, as any kid with a ruler can connect them together, if they have the minimum skills of conventional technical analysis.

Fundamentals will always give us the wrong information at the extremes, and oil is a prime example of this. My wave count shows a 4th wave rally very close to completing, or already completed, on Friday.  The correction in this zigzag run was an expanded running flat which is a pretty popular pattern. No triangle   happened in this correction, but zigzags can contain triangles in the last “B” wave before the end.

In 2015 as oil was crashing the Gold/Oil ratio peaked at 17:1. We are presently hitting 19.41:1 which is one of 4 readings under 20:1 since the start of 2018!

The Gold/Oil ratio has been going nowhere fast, as it seems to have hit a ratio price brick wall. When crude oil starts to crash, this Gold/Oil ratio will start to spread again. When it hits the bearish, Gold/Oil Ratio brick wall, then that will be an early signal that crude oil may have bottomed.

How long do you think an oil decline will last without the Gold/Oil ratio getting all bent out of shape? Gold soaring and oil crashing is going to put a huge strain on the ratio. If we use the Fridays expensive ratio of 20:1 then the price of gold should be closer to $1600 with an $80 crude oil forecast.

Only time will tell what is going to happen next, but I will remain bearish until all these oil bulls stop spreading their bullshit everywhere they go. A good surprise bear attack will force the oil bulls to finally think twice, but by that time it’s too late already.

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Gasoline Bull Run Update.

From my perspective, we are looking at a rising wedge in Minuette degree. The wide part spans 2 of the same degree levels so we understand that we are looking at a Subminuette degree rising wedge. Rising wedges are used in bull markets and their endings, while falling wedges are used for the ends of bear markets.  Right at the top we see a funny pattern that looks like the gasoline market is giving viewers the middle finger. I think it is flashing a signal to all the gasoline bulls presently driving this market nuts.

Do supply and demand pictures change that fast in such a short period of time to justify the wild gasoline swings? I doubt it as algorithms can’t figure out the fundamentals, yet the fundamentals is what is supposed to drive the markets. In the end no matter what if we think that this market is manipulated, they sure know how to manipulate it in Elliott Wave fashion. Wow, are those manipulators ever good if they can manipulate Elliott Waves at will.

The fact is they always blame “maniulation” when the markets go down, but use fundamentals as an excuse when it goes up!  Investors think that there should be no volatility in the markets, as they get scared when it starts to move violently. “Take a pill folks”, as this is the name of the game in commodities. “Fear” dominates the commodities markets and fundamentals are just lagging indicators not leading indicators.  It took 2 years for analyst’s to see the improving fundamentals, as the expert consensus is extremely bullish right now.

The biggest trend is not going to take gasoline prices to the moon, at least not on this trip!  The biggest gap in all my charts is open in this gasoline chart, so I think that gap will get closed first in the next few years.

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December 2018 Crude Oil Review

When I looked over the crude oil December 2018 contract, I found an extra diagonal wave 1-2. With the June contract, no way would that fit as a 1-2 wave.

December is also a little less busy as the waves seem a little less jerky. Rising wedges happen in bull markets and this oil chart has a pretty good rising wedge right now.  Wave 3-4 in Subminuette degree,  are the two starting points which makes this a Subminuette degree rising wedge. I will always try to keep my wedges between two of the same degree levels at all degree levels. From the 4th wave bottom in Subminuette degree is a diagonal 5th wave, not an impulse 5th wave. If we count oblivious to the diagonal, then you end up with 7 waves. We need 5 diagonal waves before they finish and that is what I counted out.

This is also a very common diagonal and gives us big hints that we are in a 5th wave location. One of my own rules is that all 5th waves must always be capped by one degree higher. If there is no “cap”  then the Elliott Wave sequence has been broken and it can no longer be trusted.

I don’t have enough room to fill all the degree levels, but it’s not ending on a “5”.  🙄

I will be switching to this December chart form now on but it is $2.79 per barrel less than the June contract. This doesn’t  instill bullish fever from my perspective. Experts are not even looking that far ahead, otherwise they would be reporting it as well.

Does this change the Gold/Oil ratio? Not really, as we are at 20.14:1 today. It’s been around this average for over 3 months and does not seem like the ratio is dramatically changing.

Some are calling for $100 oil this year, but they forget about the gold/oil ratio as $100 oil would mean a $2000 gold price.

We could be at a fake top so oil would have to dip soon to help the bearish case.

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Quick Look At The Crude Oil Intraday Crash.

When we look at the Intraday oil chart, we can see violent moves in both directions.  If fundamentals make oil go up and down, then we should know exactly what news story created which move. The fact it’s next to impossible to forecast the price of oil with fundamental analysis. Even the experts couldn’t see an oil crash coming back in 2008 and they all used fundamentals to justify any price move. It is also very rare that you will find any oil bulls scream “sell” at a major top!  When markets are down, analysts give us a reason why it went down, and when this market goes up, they post all the good news about oil.

In a bearish trend any bullish news will have little impact on the overall bearish move, until one day bearish news keeps oil from going deeper, then we know that a reversal will be coming.  In 2015 massive news about the world oil glut, no longer had impact, after which oil turned and soared again.

Bull traps and bear traps happen all the time, but if we’re not looking for these traps, we will step in the trap ourselves. Raw human emotions drive the markets and leverage compounds our emotions.

So far,  this short term bearish move has not completed like what I would like to see, as oil is in a bit of a rally. If the bigger trend is real then oil has much further to fall if the 4th wave scenario holds true.

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Crude Oil Rocket Rally Update

What a great vertical spike crude oil just had, but it also looks like an inverted expanded zigzag which I’m hesitant in labeling it as a wave 1-2.  Any decline could just be another set of 5 waves which would place us at a diagonal wave 1, one degree higher. One minute it’s all about the inventory, then the next it’s about the rig counts. Even the news of hijacked tankers could have made this spike. https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-General/19-Oil-Tankers-Held-Hostage-Off-Yemeni-Coast.html.   It matters little if the news is fake or real, but emotional traders will react. I”m sure that many stop lost buy orders were hit as well. If the story of the 19 tankers is false, then the oil price can crash right back down, and go much deeper adding on another leg down.

The violent move up in oil and a violent move down in gold made put crude oil back on the expensive side with a Gold/Oil ratio of 19.2:1.

I show a 4th wave top in Intermediate degree, but it is still a bit early to see if it will hold.  Analysts are still extremely bullish as talk of $100 seems to be increasing.  The oil experts were also telling us the same story at the top in 2008, and the only thing than has changed since then is  the price!

What ever happen to $200 oil?  If we use the 19:1 ratio and the $100 oil price this would translate to a $3800 gold price. All I can say is good luck with that $100 oil forecast,  as it’s not going to happen on this trip. Even Trump is trying to crash the oil price as he blames the Saudis (OPEC) for price manipulation.  Give me a break! Tweeting oils price destruction is not going to do it, as this has been going on for decades and will continue.

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Crude Oil Intraday Bearish Review

Yesterday, crude oil peaked with a small double top after which oil immediately reversed its trend and now looks like a new trend is forming.  Since my top could be a 4th wave top in intermediate degree. I know that my largest degree of this decline must only be Minor degree, so I sure do not want to start with a a degree far too high.  One 5 wave sequence in Micro degree has already started with two lower degrees also visible. I have used Miniscule degree which is the bottom from my list of 15 degree levels. I will adjust my degree levels once this decline starts to show its true colors.

It is also a good idea to look for bear traps at the earliest moments but that might happen when all the patterns start to get super choppy. We need more evidence that this move is part of a bigger bearish run, and until then we have to be aware that we can always be wrong.  The longer it takes for any new highs  to be reached again, the better I like.

The oil bullish peak came within 45 cents of the $70 price forecast, but that forecast is an easy call if we were at $65 already. As I post, this chart has already dipped much lower, but in the end only time will help how this progresses.

The Gold/Oil ratio has compressed a bit more which means crude is still hitting the ratio brick wall. The Gold/Oil ratio is at 19.71:1, but it’s supposed to go the other way. In relation to the last 3 month Gold/Oil ratio average this makes oil more expensive.

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Crude Oil Intraday Update

About 5 days ago crude oil peaked which produce what looks like a triple top. The third peak is a wild spike which you can ignore, which doesn’t happen in line type charts.  After yesterday’s bottom oil rallied before it started to grind back down, which does not fit into an impulse anymore. I labeled the entire move as a zigzag, but a diagonal can also fit into a 5th wave decline, so both wave counts have to be kept in play until one gets eliminated. Oil is a wild animal at best of times so violent moves are going to happen.  We can draw trend lines, but it is far too early to start doing that. In a bear market lower lows is the  pattern of a decline, so lower lows below $65.60 should happen.

Our present little rally as the makings of a 1-2 wave so if the quality of any 5 wave decline remains very high, then this would be a very good bearish sign.

This may be wishful thinking, but wave structures do smooth out a bit once any  bearish decline is more accepted by the majority.

On a bigger scale crude oil has a Cycle degree declining wedge in it, so that alone can forecast another huge bull market in a few years time.  The whole idea of high degree wave counts is to “see” it coming long before the majority ever will. When a big group of investors  also seen the same thing, then you can get what would be a mini panic.  This has only happened in a very small scale, so bigger panic situations will arrive as more and more people get suspicious to the staying power of this so called bull market.

The Gold/Oil ratio has not changed hardly at all, as it has been hitting the ratio brick wall for months already.  Today the Gold/Oil ratio is at 20.23:1.

In Canada, Alberta is talking about conduction pipeline wars, as Alberta wants to cut oil supplies into BC, if the pipeline does not get built. If this actually happens, then BC could see some explosive gas price increases at the pumps, crushing BC’s economy along with them.

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Update

 

This chart is in a 5 minute setting and it is switched to a line type setting. The bar chart version was so choppy and it created erroneous spike, I couldn’t tell where to start the countdown from. The secondary peak was the real top of this run, which also produced a triple top along with a wicked H&S pattern. This is also a prime example of what a H&S pattern can do at the peak of a bullish run and the end a rising wedge.  Crude oil also had a little sideways move, that from my perspective is a perfectly formed triangle. This Elliott Wave Triangle gave me a warning that I can’t use a 1-2, 1-2  wave count.

Early this morning crude oil soared one more time, but now has already started to back off. I can take another zigzag rally as we could have finished another inverted 1-2 wave set.  Worst case scenario is that crude oil keeps soaring because we missed an expanded top. If the big trend has reversed, then we should see crude oil take out our present $66.13 price level. Oil may still pop to a new rally high, but only time can confirm that.

As I post oil is soaring once again so this wave count could be trashed by the end of the day.

 

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Crude Oil Intraday Bullish move Update.

Since early March oil has been on a real bullish roll that could be coming to an end shortly. Many of the fundamental news releases tell us how bullish analysts still are. How can oil crash with inventory levels fluctuating constantly? The same thing happen just before the 2008 peak in oil, when every expert in the world was proclaiming that new record highs are on their way, but yet the oil market tanked and in just 8 months, the world was in another oil  glut!  Oil not only crashed once, but it crashed again when experts were claiming that oil would never go below $100. How long did that expert opinion last?  The next thing we know another world glut has arrived at the $28 price level, before it charged back up to the +$65 price range.

I had mentioned it many  times that the $60 price level could give oil some serious price resistance, with a present price of $67. Since the April 6th bottom crude oil executed a wild run that sure seems like it is starting to fizzle out. In the last 2-3 days oil has been forming what looks like a rising wedge, which can and do produce amazing reversals once they get close to completing.  In this case the wedge is a Micro degree wedge which in this case we can call an ending diagonal. Diagonals can take up the entire 5th wave, so any diagonal in any 5th wave forecasts a reversal. Any 5th wave peak must also be capped with a one degree higher wave count. We should “never” see 5th wave peaks left empty anywhere on the Internet.

At a minimum I always like to confirm a move with two lesser degrees and sometimes even three depending on physical size. To confirm a 5th wave decline in Intermediate degree, I “must” see Minor and Minute degree subdivisions and occasionally a third degree will help.

Many are calling for $70 oil, but where were they when oil tanked to $28 at the 2016 bottom?

The Gold/Oil ratio has bounced from an extreme ratio of 44:1 and in the last three months it has been sitting at an average of 21:1. This morning oil dropped to the 19.92:1 range, which was a small, fast dip that have preceded reversals before. When the ratio is hitting a brick wall so to speak, this means that something is up as that is what also happened with all my stock index ratios. This Gold/Oil ratio should start to spread again as oil declines, and until those numbers change dramatically, I will remain bearish on oil. Crashes in commodities can happen extremely fast, as oil clearly has demonstrated in the past many times.

Crude oil also has a huge Cycle degree wedge in progress which could usher in a big Primary degree move in the future. Five waves up in Primary degree would work for me. 🙄  I have incorporated solar cycle wave analysis into EW5 and at this time crude oil prices should still be attracted to the start of solar cycle #25. Oil did exactly that with the late 2008 crash and the start of solar cycle #24.

As I post crude oil is heading down, so that’s a good thing!

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Crude Oil Intraday Rocket Ride Update!

I was suspicious about my March peak, which I now counted out with an expanded top, followed by two sets of 5 waves down. All my degrees are being used up and I will not longer count out smaller than the 15th degree. When I consistently run into the 15th degree level, and still see a few smaller wave sets, then I might have to look at a higher degree, but so far there may not be the need. The bottom of April 6th is now a diagonal 4th wave bottom. Just today it is getting close to the top of my trend line, so another correction should be due. Fears and uncertainty have arrived in the oil market and we can thank Trumps Tweets for that.

Since the March bottom we have been in a “C” wave bullish phase, and this oil move is a prime example what can and does happen in “C” wave bull markets.

How much more crude oil will run is uncertain, but the end could also be near.  Even with all these wild swings the Gold/Oil ratio hasn’t changed that much and is still bouncing around the 20.29:1 range. Eventually I would like to see the Gold/Oil ratio expanded closer to the 30:1 ratio, but that is not going to happen for quite sometime yet.

Remember, as fast as oil has gone up, it can come down just as fast. You will not be safe in this bullish trend for very long. With this move it just extends the “C” wave in Minor degree.

I’m starting to mention that crude has a huge Cycle degree Megaphone in the works, between the Cycle degree wave 3 top and a Cycle degree wave bottom, which once completed should produce yet another rocking bull market in oil. This may still be 2 3 years away so don’t get too excited just yet. Megaphones have open cones, but wedges and even Scalene triangles have mostly closed cones. I will start calling Megahope patterns by the size of their degree levels, as Cycle degree Megaphones can produce 5 waves in Primary degree. The US dollar also has a Cycle degree Megaphone in progress, and I think there are more out there I haven’t discovered yet.

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Crude Oil Rocket Rally Update

Crude oil made an ugly decline (diagonal) into the bottom of April, 6, before crude oil soared once again.  Crude oil has now rallied far enough to where it has resistance at my previous wave 2 peak in Micro degree.  Also a H&S pattern is developing, which in a bear market rally is a bearish sign. In a bull market this H&S pattern would be just a temporary stop.  The real reason for the rally is that all of the protective buy stops are being triggered by some news release regarding declining inventories. The news does not suddenly turn a bear market into a bull market, even if it looks like it.

This rally will only get confirmed as a bearish rally once this entire intraday bullish phase is completely retraced. Even the December crude oil contract is still lower in price than the June contract, by $2.75 a barrel.  This does not bode well for a huge bull market in oil to keep going. As I post crude oil has broken the $65 price level by a small margin, but still a far cry away from breaking to new record highs.

Add to the fact that most commercial traders are net short crude oil with a 20.58:1 Gold/Oil ratio, I will remain bearish until such a time when a big correction has taken place or is completing.

As fast as this rally charged up, it can crash just as fast, so hang on to your britches folks, as this could get rather violent swinging into the opposite direction.

Longer term we could be heading back to a world oil glut and they will start to store oil in very large crude oil tankers.  As soon as all the experts realize that an oil glut is here, then it will be over and the price of crude will soar again.

Crude oil has a huge inverse Megaphone (Wedge) pattern which is a very bullish indicator and can produce amazing bull markets. Again, this is a bit early to describe a big bull market in oil if the oil charts presently contain an inverse zigzag!

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Crude Oil Intraday Update: Resuming Its Trend

So far the crude oil down trend has had a good start, but it is still a bit early to tell. I might have to drop my degree level down by one degree in the future, but right now I can keep the same wave count that I started with. If the bigger bearish phase is real then the small double to you see could be the record high for oil in 2018.

On this June contract $66.20 seems to be the record to beat.

In order to confirm a potential Intermediate degree 4th wave top we need 5 waves down in Minor degree or even a single zigzag type move also in Minor degree.

What we just finished looks like a 4th wave top because immediately after, diagonal patterns started to emerge. Diagonals have a nasty habit of showing up in 5th wave declines, so instantly diagonal wave counting has to be used.  Any wild spike early next week could still take out the top trend line, but we should always expect wild counter rallies after a steep decline.

The Gold/Oil ratio is now 21.36:1 and this ratio should keep on expanding as crude oil declines.  I would also like to see all the COT reports in oil start to show that the commercials are becoming net long. At this time we are a far cry away from that happening.

This year it looks like the June and December months are the two busiest months, which is great. The December contract is running about $2 US dollars lower, so this does not support the oil bull market to keep going.

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Quick Crude Oil Intraday Update

As I post crude oil is still heading higher but I think it will run out of steam again if the bigger bearish picture is real.  The Gold/Oil ratio is above 21:1 already and we should see this ratio expanded if this bearish phase keeps going.  Sure, it’s nice to start counting a 5 wave sequence heading down, but we will still get very violent counter rallies.  It still may take some time for the patterns to smooth out a bit, but I think the bigger trend is down. The December 2018 crude oil contract is about $2.47 US lower per barrel than this June 2018 contract,  which is kicking the stuffing out of the bull market.

Even most of the commercial traders are against the continuation of the oil bull market. With the present day gold price and a potential 30:1 Gold/Oil ratio, it could bring oil down to the $44 price level. That is a purely speculative oil price as the $40 price level can work as natural support, even if it may only be on a short term basis.

The big impressive wedge in oil prices I have talked about and drawn out, gives us a heads up already that a huge bullish phase can explode once the wedge sees bottom trend line contact.

The wave 4 top in Intermediate degree is telling readers that my oil wave count has already passed a Cycle degree peak back in early 2008. Since that top crude oil has been in a bear market that hasn’t finished and might end up lasting 13 years before another major reversal in oil will happen.

The trade war seems to be picking up again so fear will always be dominate in the oil market.

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Crude Oil Intraday Gyrations Review

Last week, crude oil created a double top with the secondary peak being a bit lower. I show a starting 1-2, 1-2 count and a third 1-2 wave count might become visible due to the fact they are very small waves.  I show a “C” wave bullish move which I counted as a diagonal “C” wave. The Gold/Oil ratio has not changed that much, but this ratio at about 21:1 is running into a brick wall as it has been stuck around this ratio for some time.

There is a very good chance that crude oil will dip along with stocks, and when that becomes more obvious, then the Gold/Oil ratio should expand or get cheaper.

Commercials are net short WTI crude oil, but they are also net short the Europe Oil ICE futures. The speculators are in the exact opposite positions as they are the trend chasers and always get themselves in a trap. In this case speculators are caught in a bull trap. Until some of these numbers change I can’t see any extreme bullish oil scenario at this time.

The commercial traders deal much closer to the oil industry than any speculators do, so they carry a lot less risk than the speculators. Commercial traders are not going to store high price oil, because they make no money, but when the oil price crashes it is very profitable to store oil. They will pull out all the stops to make this happen when the price of oil crashes again. In one world oil glut, (2008) they had 25 tankers floating around the Mideast gulf region at that time. Low and behold all those tankers eventually disappeared. The same thing happened at the 2016 low, as they were stacking up oil carriers to deliver oil to China.

Not until I see that a huge corrective pattern has taken place can I turn bullish on WTI oil again.

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Peak Gasoline Intraday Update

You heard about Peak Oil back a long, long time ago in 2008. I’m sure most have already forgotten that time period as investors were told we were going to run out of oil. How wrong those experts were at that time as there were forecasting $200 or more oil prices to come.  What happened is that crude oil peaked at $147 and then proceeded to crash to about the $34 price level.

This gasoline chart is on the output side of refineries and could be mixed with other blends to get the desired fuel. Aviation fuel is part of it, but the yearly switching to and summer demand is starting to happen. Of course, if we have a stock market crash, then demand can falter. Gasoline did not go to a new record high like crude oil did, so gasoline will have to have a separate wave count as a potential bear market in gasoline could be looming.

Just below the 2017 low, gasoline has one of the biggest open gaps, that I have seen on in a futures chart. This mother of all gaps will get closed once the bearish picture shows itself to more of the gasoline traders.  For starters $1.84 must get retraced and then the $1.46 will also have to get retraced. That 2017 bottom would be a target price where a bear market can turn into a huge bull market again.

Any 4th wave bear market rally usually gets completely retraced, which means lows below 2015 should also happen. It will take some time before we can confirm anything. Commodities have the amazing ability to crash when the experts think it can never crash, so ample warning is prudent.

First this present wave 2 rally has to be retraced before we can jump up and down, looking for a 5 wave decline. Another full zigzag decline is also high on my list, which will need degree adjusting later on. (Minute degree wave 2).

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Crude Oil Cash Chart: In A Bull Trap?

This is the crude oil cash chart, with monthly chart settings. None of it is labeled, but I wanted to highlight the move from the early 2016 bottom to our present March 2018 top. Last week, crude oil did break to a new record high, but only by about 50 cents so far.  This makes for a potential finish to a diagonal 5th wave zigzag at about $65.74. The correction that oil gave us  from mid 2010 to mid 2011 is best described as an expanded running flat in Minor degree.  No, it’s not a fancy new breed of patterns that has been born, because I have been using it for some time already.

Oil sure can go a bit higher early next week, but all I can say is that a true inverted zigzag, that is ending with a “C” wave, is usually a big bear market rally. (Fake Bull market)  The wave 3-4 as Intermediate degree, can only happen once it’s past a Cycle degree top. 2008 can be wave 3 in Cycle degree and we are going to finish a bigger bear market that has been going on for close to 10 years. The real big bear rally that ended in 2013 was completely retraced, so I don’t see why a much shorter 4th wave bearish rally cannot retrace by 100% as well.

In this case, crude oil could be finishing the 4th wave in Intermediate degree and a big reversal should start to happen. Another crude oil zigzag heading down can develop, and it would help to confirm the diagonal wave structure at the same time.  Crude oil has a very strong history in displaying fast unexpected long crashes that can stun all the crude oil bulls.

Even with the wild moves we’ve had the Gold/Oil ratio has not dramatically change, but it is having great difficulty in continuing to compress. ( More expensive) The Gold/Oil ratio is about 20.47:1 and it seems to be running into road blocks at this time. The ratio is not at an expensive extreme at this time, but it sure has been hitting a brick wall for many months already! A great oil decline will certainly start expanding that ratio again. A 5th wave decline  could produce another glut as oil is more profitable to store when it becomes cheap. Oil traders make no money if they are storing expensive crude oil, but they sure find lots of storage room when oil is cheap. Filling up all the available super oil tankers seems to be one of their favorite tricks.

Any bear market rally with oil can retrace that $28 low and even head to $21 a barrel. The solar cycle has a lot to do with the price of crude oil as the 2008 crash ended when solar cycle #24 was about to start. The oil price can crash right along with the general markets like it did during most of 2008.

This oil price is about the same as the June contract price, which tells me there are no real crude oil upward price pressures at this time. Now if the June or even December futures, were priced $2-$3 more, I then would remain very bullish on oil.

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Crude Oil Still Double Topping

This double top is so close to call that I switched back to a potential zigzag bullish phase that can work in a diagonal 5th wave. Gasoline is far from reaching any potential double top,  so we have a good divergence between the two types of commodities. There is not much we can add to the short term picture except that oil can head south right along with the stock market. The commercial traders don’t instill any great urgency to pile into this extended bullish push, as they have been net short for some time already. $65.50 is the price to beat with this very busy June contract. Once mid June rolls around, I will then switch to the December contract which is just as busy as this June contract is.

The December contract is also much lower in price by about $4. It would be far more bullish, if the December contract is higher in price!

The Gold/Oil ratio has not made any real dramatic moves as it has been averaging around the 20.5:1 ratio. This ratio must keep compressing otherwise it has a high probability of starting to spread. A spreading Gold/Oil ratio would then show us that oil is getting cheaper when we use the Troy gold ounce as a measuring tool.

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Gasoline Intraday Update: Running On Empty!

The difference in the wave patterns between gasoline and crude oil charts is substantial. Well below the 2016 low, there is a huge open gap. The largest gap that I have, across all the commodities that I have looked at. This mother of all gaps, will get closed off in the years ahead, which will produce a bearish phase, that very few people will see coming.

Gasoline has created a choppy bullish phase that works better as an inverted zigzag 4th wave rally,  in Intermediate degree.  Our recent rally runs out of steam well before any upside breakout, which could be a wave 2 top in Minor degree.  We also have an inverted Head&Shoulder (H&S) with three support price levels that technically should not hold.

There are sell stops piling up below present prices, which work as landmines that can blow-up and wreck havoc with our wave counts.  Inverted “C” waves can produce some stunning moves, but they can also deposit a spike in the charts and then proceed to crash.

It may take well into April before we see a better picture, but I sure would not remain bullish with this type of pattern.

In both crude oil and gasoline COT numbers, the commercials have net short positions, and this alone can give the gasoline bulls a big headache!

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Crude Oil: Break Out, Or Bear Attack?

Once I had a look at the intraday chart I had to bump it up to 3500 bars from my normal 500.  This allows us to go back further, but still keep Intraday settings.  At the $65.36 price level crude oil could be hitting a brick wall, at least in the shorter term. We have a double top and a big obvious Head. In true bull markets, these types of H&S setups can be very bullish,  But if we are ending a bullish phase, then this H&S pattern can be an ominous warning.

It sure looks like a bullish zigzag but I do have choices depending what oil will do next, if it crashes with another zigzag, then a triangle will work, but if any decline looks more like a 5 wave sequence, then an expanded flat could be completed.

We could roll around the $56 price level for a little while, before oil turns and soars again. I think if another zigzag develops heading down, then we should get a big “b” wave counter rally.  I will give crude oil until the $55 price range, but after that the wave counts could get trashed rather quickly.

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Crude Oil 2009-2018 Weekly Chart Review

What the majority that called that crude oil was in a bull market didn’t pan out that well. The crash into the 2016 bottom made sure of that. Even now, many call this a bull market, but they are also waiting for a correction. With crude oil we have monthly contracts, but I always look ahead to see where the next busiest month is.

Without a shadow of doubt,  the June 2018 and December 2018 contracts are the two busiest months. This means when the June contract expires I will be going directly into the December 2018 contract month. There was a 25 cent difference between the April and June contracts which is nothing in the bigger scope of things which produced  little change in the Gold/Oil ratio. I will talk more about the Gold/Oil ratio at the bottom of this page.

The fact that I’m showing a Primary degree “B” wave top must make the July, 2008 peak a Cycle degree peak. At the early 2009 bottom, we have a bear market about 7-8  year’s long, plus another two years in our present rally. It would be something if crude oil ended up with a bear market lasting 13 years!  I don’t think we can get that lucky because the big question is if our present rally is a fake.

This could still take a few more years and we need something more solid to go on. During the 3 year, topping process oil created a classic wedge which gave us a clue that a down draft in the price of oil was coming. Flip this wedge in reverse and you would get an explosive rally, like what happened with the VIX.

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The H&S pattern didn’t disappear or is no longer important, even with a higher right shoulder. The January 2018 peak finished at $65.52, but there is no guarantee it will hold in the short term.

Crude oil crashed along with stocks in 2008, but also recovered with the stock market in early 2009. What has happened once can happen again, so I sure don’t want to rule anything out.

Any 4th wave bullish phase should technically get completely retraced, which would be lower than $28 on a weekly crude oil chart.

America has become a giant oil exporting nation so they can pump as much as other countries are willing to buy. The supply may not be an issue, but demand could dry up and blow away. This is speculation based on a possible 4th wave scenario in Intermediate degree.

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