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WTI Crude Oil Update

This March 2019 contract created another spike to the upside which may not be finished just yet. Is the $54-$55 price level resistance. From the bottom, the bullish oil move looks more and more like a 5 wave run.  A 5 wave run that could be part of an expanded pattern never lasts, and eventually, the entire 2019 run should get retraced.  COT report is worthless information until the government shutdown is settled. I do have the Market Vane report still coming in every Tuesday, and it shows 40% bulls are present. 40% is not nearly enough to push a huge bull market, especially if the 24 month high was only 59% bulls.  Now if yesterdays reading was just 20-30% bulls then, I would have to look for a bigger bullish wave count.

The Gold/Oil ratio got a bit more expensive around 24.12:1 but old records make a Gold/Ratio of 17:1 extremely expensive. Incidentally the 25:1 ratio has been hit about 2 times since the 1999 bottom and both times huge bull markets developed. We also have established a new ratio benchmark since then, as 44:1 showed that crude oil was extremely cheap.

Demand for oil also changes with the seasons but any fundamental supply and demand readings are not trustworthy. It’s too easy for any oil player to manipulate, cheat and lie about numbers especially when the oil or gas is still in the ground. Opec is trying to pump up its take on oil because of the Aramco IPO slated for this year.

In Canada, we have the federal government trying to block all pipeline construction because our smiling Photo Bomb leader is trying to turn Canada into a European country.  Canada has wasted its oil opportunity blocking First Nations who want the jobs and economic benefits from higher paying jobs.  What you don’t hear or read about in the media is there are far more First Nations that want to work with oil and mining companies, rather than against them. Native controlled energy companies are out there and more are being formed.

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Crude Oil: Another Spike to the Upside!

 

Another crude oil spike this morning can be a sign that another correction is due or spikes can also be the end of the entire trend. It now looks like I have 5 waves up, which can be part of an expanded pattern. I kept the wave counts small but chances are good I may need to change it at a later date.  We could get a correction back down to the $49 price range but if crude oil travels.

Many times 5 waves like this make a run and we can get excited about another large leg up in oil. Many times we can get fooled especially in an expanded 5 waves.  A wild move that completely retraces the $42 price level will confirm that this move was just another bear market rally.  Going long at this point is a FOMO move and chances are good your bullish bet will get stopped out pretty quick.

The Gold/Ratio has also become more expensive as we are at 23.81:1 today. 17:1 will put us back to where oil would become extremely expensive again when compared to gold.  A large zigzag decline is not of the table but we will not know that for some time.  If the present Gold/Oil ratio stays the same for a few weeks then it could be hitting what I call the “Ratio Brickwall”

We also have a very convicing H&S being set-up at the $54-$55 price level so anything can still happen in the next few weeks.

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Crude Oil: Big Dip Or A Little Dip?

Crude oil created a bottom on January 1-2 and then proceeded to make a bullish run that has now turned into a correction. If this entire bullish move is just a bear market rally then crude oil should still crash to new record lows below that $42.50 price level.  A bearish rally will slice the bottom trend line in two, but this correction can be the 4th wave as well.  We might get support at the $49 price level which may take several weeks before we find out. None of the COT reports are working while the US government is shut down.

Even my Gold/Oil ratio has not changed any recently, as we are now at 25.46:1, from a January 2, 2019, reading of 28.77:1. If the reading jumped back to a 17:1 ratio, then I sure would be very bearish on oil.

Crude oil sure developed a nice H&S pattern and if it fails and oil goes higher we know that the bullish trend might be real, at least for another leg up.

There are so much hype and BS regarding oil that the fundamentals can change over-night depending who you listen to. Saudia Arabia with it’s planned IPO is trying to come clean with its reserves which have been kept a secret for decades. Nobody will know unless independent sources verify their claims of all this new oil they have been hiding!

 

 

 

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Crude Oil Bullish Review

So far oil has been having a very bullish January which started in December 2018. This February crude oil chart has now developed a very nice vertical spike to the upside. This is usually a setup for correction or the end of an entire bullish move. A correction and then a leg higher would add a 5th wave to this bullish phase but then oil is facing stiff resistance near the $55 price level. I’m biased to Fibonacci numbers and we are facing the 50-day MA which will also produce resistance. We have a long way to go with price and time before any Death Cross can happen.

We had a Gold/Oil ratio low of just under 30:1, but with this present rally kicking in we are not at a 25.17:1 ratio. Readings of 17:1 has caused an oil price crash several times already. We may never reach any 17:1 ratio this time, but gold/oil ratios could hit a brick wall just the same. The ratio could stall which I can’t see unless I check it several times per week. During November 2018 I had about 14 calculations.

Commercial traders are still net long with the government COT report being delayed due to the government shutdown. It’s kind of ironic when the government is shut down and the stock markets still go up. I’m still bullish on oil but I sure would not take a bullish position when the spike is visible.

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Natural Gas Monthly Chart Review

Due to some downtime of this blog this I have just started posting.  I would say the NG crash we’ve had so far was pretty impressive! If I’m right we could be looking at a 5 wave run in Intermediate degree. Once I looked at it from a triangle perspective then, Natural Gas should see one more bear market low. The 200-day MA repelled the price of NG with little effort. Sure the “E” wave can fool us by still producing a fairly obvious correction. When NG hits the middle trend line then all support has failed already. I think NG cycles get attracted to0 or repelled by the solar cycles.  This could be a nice setup for solar cycle #25 propelling the price of NG north again. Commercial hedgers sure don’t see the bullish side of this story as they still have net short positions.

It’s still going to be a wild ride as any winter freeze scare could send NG flying. This can happen in the month of February which at times has been the coldest month of the year. The world economic activity is slowing down and a prime example is the iPhone sales slowdown in China and other countries.

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Crude Oil Daily Chart Update

This is the March oil contract month, which is a bit early to use but the end result will be the same. Yes, we hit a bottom, but we may still be a bit too early for another bullish move to crank up. There still may be a little upside to go and I’m taking a chance as one more downside move can also still happen.  The commercial hedgers are still net short crude oil which can keep a lid on oil prices. The speculators are the trend chasers and are building net short positions.

The Gold/Oil ratio tells us a different story as that ratio hit about 30:1 briefly in the last few weeks, but it is sitting at 28.25:1 right now.  44:1 was the last extreme bottom while 17:1 ended up being one of the extreme expensive ratios. Oil has crashed from this 17:1 ratio twice since the July 2008 peak.  Our present crude oil market is 6-7 months shy of a 10-year bear market, with no signs of an impending strong 5 wave run.

When we look at the crude oil monthly chart we can see a crash, then a huge rally and then another crash into the 2016 low. This would make a great looking zigzag crash which may not be finished.

It’s a game of splitting hairs and only short-term trades may work.  One thing is certain and that is if you are a crude oil follower for any reason then use the gold and oil price on a smartphone and calculate the gold/oil ratio several times a week. Using the little Forex gold and oil units works just as well. Making the calculations consistently about 2-3 times per week will get you started.  After a while, you will memorize the extremes and what can happen after extremes get hit.  Don’t try and forecast the price of gold this way as oil is not money, crude oil evaporates into thin air when it is burned but gold can’t be destroyed.

If some clown forecasts gold going to $5000 next year and our present gold/oil ratio is 28:1, then $5000 gold would produce a $178 oil price. Oil at $178 in 2019 is highly unlikely so you know that the gold price forecast is just a pipe dream!  At the 2008 oil peak, bullish oil price forecast was being made with $200-$300 oil prices still to come. All the experts were bullish on oil at that time, yet oil imploded from $147 down to $34 in just 8 months.  The Gold/Oil ratio was at 9:1 at that time and I knew that oil was going to crash.

The idea about gold ratios is that it gives us more of an objective look at the oil price and we can see through the emotions that are always present in any market.

 

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Brent Crude Daily Chart Update

The big drop in Brent coincides well with ETI oil but with a small price difference.  The near vertical drop in the oil crash with this daily chart does not do it justice as with a weekly chart this 10-12 day crash was straight down. It looks like there is an expanded pattern involved as the decline is just to steep for a normal 5th wave.  These fast moves travel at maximum speed and maximum speed can never be maintained for any length of time.  One day they will invent an indicator that actually measures the speed limit of the price move.

We should find out soon if the impending counter rally will happen and if it does, this rally should give us 5 waves up in Minuette degree. You can read a 1000 different analysts fundamental opinions, and you will get a 1000 different reasons why oil has crashed. It will make your head spin trying to figure it out. From my perspective technical indicators are far more trustworthy and objective. Besides fundamentals are lagging indicators.

There are many other reasons as well, like the Gold/Brent Oil ratio which reached 23.45:1. This is now the cheapest it has been in all of 2018! I don’t have a big database set-up with the Gold/Brent ratios but enough to see one type of extreme.  Once this rally does start to move then we should see the Gold/Brent ratio start to compress again.

Even the commercials are net long by a good margin but still not at an extreme. The speculators are in their normal Brent Crude bear traps as they figure that the trend is still down. The only way for the speculators to get out of their bear trap, is they have to buy or close off all their short positions.

I have been trading WTI Forex oil units and I added one Brent crude long position as I post.

The Death Cross on this chart happened at the $72 price level and we have witnessed the results of what Death Crosses can do to investments.  I would rather be early about any counter rally than miss a move that could contain a 5 wave run.

 

 

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Crude Oil: Can It Find Support?

Since the September peak, oil has plunged to what some call a “Historic Move”. Oil has crashed many times before, so I don’t call this “Historic” at all.  So far oil has hit a bottom just a bit above $45.

I had mentioned that $45-$40 could be support, but support for what? A new bull market going to the moon? I doubt it, but I sure would like to see this rally to continue for the rest of the trading year. The commercial hedgers positions are still net long but the Gold/Oil ratio was 27.52:1 this morning. This is the cheapest Gold/Oil ratio registered all year and hopefully the year-end bottom is in.  We could be landing on a Minor degree bottom, from where we could expect a wild counter rally with a run back up to about $50-$55!

For those that have any doubts what a Death Cross can bring, you are seeing it now with this daily chart.  It would have to be a strong rally before a “Golden Cross” might form but even then oil may be for short of a “Golden Cross” situation.  I’m sure bearish traders are in a bear trap as well and that the “Buy” orders are piling up above present prices.

Yes, the oil fundamentals change like the wind with many analysts each finding a different reason why oil is crashing.  If the Gold/Oil ratio hits the 27:1 brick wall for any length of time then that would also be a bullish sign! Flying and driving this holiday season can make a difference but only time will help to confirm that.

On a quick note, yesterday we had a very powerful storm come in that took out my power for over 6 hrs so my updating was curtailed.  I will also take a break but will post a little to cover a few asset classes for year-end review.

Happy Holidays and Best Wishes 🙂

 

 

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Crude Oil Intraday Bounce Update

My last posting price bottom did not hold for very long, maybe this crude oil bottom will last a little longer. This is the March 2019 intraday chart which can have completely different wave patterns. I look for the next busiest month contract which might have a slightly different price. I think oil is in for a bigger bullish phase but that might happen next year. In more move up and another move down would help to complete this wave count, which are diagonal wave structures.

Yesterdays Market Vane Report showed only 35% bull present. This is low but not an extreme just yet. The gold/oil ratio is a bit more telling as it registered 26.44:1 this morning. This is a record Gold/Oil ratio, in all of 2018. Getting close to the year-end also helps.

The fundamentals have been distorted and change at a whim as it seems every producer around the world is trying to manipulate the price of oil back up by cutting production.

Our oil policy is so screwed up that our government has tried to kill off our oil industry which got Alberta mad as hell. Then Prime Minister Justin Trudeau throws $1.6 billion cash at Alberta. Our government has no respect for the tax burden on ordinary working folks while the government drops cash out of a helicopter. Alberta has the upper hand here as cutting production will also cut oil revenues going back to the government.

 

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Crude Oil Intraday Chart: Bears Still In Control!

This morning WTI crude oil hit  a bottom  of $47.84 after which it started a bit of a rally. Since the December peak crude oil has been grinding down with many overlapping waves that I can’t count as impulse waves, but they sure look like they can fit into diagonal waves.  If we just bottomed then another zigzag rally should happen. This rally has no speed limit to it, so it can take its sweet time if need be. The only thing oil can’t do is soar above my wave 2 in Minuette degree.

The Commercial hedger COT report still shows that they are net short by a wide margin which hints that a super bull market in oil is not about to materialize this morning. We are dealing with wave position “unknown” to us most of the time. Fundamentals are also unknown as every country around the world is fudging its own oil related numbers. This is all about the process of eliminating wave counts that just don’t work. I manged to get in a couple of short trades on the way down but hesitant to go long with anything but a very small position. Even this mornings bottom may not hold, so I will wait it out.

The Gold/Oil ratio has improved with this recent oil price drop, but can still get much better. The Gold/Oil ratio sits at 25.65:1 which is much better but still far from being extreme. We don’t have to hit a new extreme ratio, as hitting the “Ratio Brick Wall” will do the same thing.

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Quick Natural Gas Update

This is the January 2019 NG weekly chart and it looks nothing like the daily chart. For the last month, Natural Gas Prices were correcting after which NG prices exploded. This morning NG prices exploded again, so chances are good a small 4th wave has developed. An NG rally going into the winter/spring season is not all that strange. There is an open gap open below, which could get filled at a later date. For now, one more push to the upside would be nice. There is an LNG terminal planned in BC, and I think that is a good thing. Still, there are seasonal changes that affect the NG prices which can still drive the prices a bit higher.

I would be very bullish longer term if the commercial hedgers were net long instead of net short. They are far from being net long, which does not support a huge impending bull run at this time. NG sure is not on a 5 wave impulse run as the angle of the 2018 move has been too fast and straight. Natural Gas prices are also diagonal wave structures so you can always expect a wild ride when you least expect them.

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Crude Oil Intraday Gyrations Update

Are we having fun yet?  Trying to figure out where oil is going next is always a challenge but I sure don’t think that the bearish situation is completely finished just yet.  One clue is that the waves are still overlapping each other which are signs of a bearish rally still in effect.  Another thing worth mentioning is that crude oil is just below the Fibonacci number 55. This support could fail before my digital ink even dries, as a move up or even a bit above $55 could still happen.  I have to run two sets of wave counts for oil, but both of them can be the same for most of the trip.

The Gold/Oil ratio has improved a bit recently at 24:1. This is not nearly close enough to be considered extreme but it’s making progress.  The Gold/Oil ratio only got better during November and we will have to see if it is running into a price ratio brick wall.

I would turn very bullish if the commercials were in a net long position, but they are far from that which will keep oil prices from running away to the moon. The fundamentals in oil change so fast which makes them worthless as well.  Did fundamentals give you the confidence to short oil in early October 2018? The experts were calling for $100 oil at that time. The October 2018 peak was one of most lopsided trades in the world as everybody was leverage to the long side and that didn’t include any COT positions.

The crude oil Death Cross on the daily chart happened closer to the $65 range, and oil would have to rally for a very long time before it creates a Golden Cross.  All my futures contracts that I follow are shifting or have shifted, into the 2019 year.

 

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Brent Crude Rally Update

 

 

This is a daily chart from the  February 2019 contract month as all 2018 contracts are starting to end. Brent like WTI has held its bottom price, but don’t get all excited about some major bullish move that will provide trading bliss with no worries. Good luck with that, as trends do not just reverse because of some single event or conference event.

Last month Brent crude hit a low of 57.78 and started a reversal producing another spike in the process. There should be more upside to come as small degree 5 wave sequences have started to develop. Any zigzag can produce nice impulse waves, and it is just a matter of time when this Brent crude run starts to run on empty.

Commercial hedgers have had net long positions for some time, but they have massive short positions in WTI. Two conflicting indicators by any stretch, so a call for this bullish move to eventually end will not be popular.

Since May 2018 I have been tracking the Gold/Brent ratio which can tell us a different story. Today it sits at 19.99:1, which is a bit cheaper than what it was at 16:1, but still on the very expensive side when compared to the gold cash price.  Yes, there are small differences between WTI and Brent which can change the ratio a bit.

I don’t look for some wild Fibonacci retracements as nobody really knows what wave count we are really on. Looking for a previous counter rally peak is quicker and far easier to look for another potential turning. This could be at the $68 price level. Everybody gets a Santa gift this December as investors jump back on the bullish bandwagon. Emotional panic moves in or out of an asset class never last that long as most of it can be due to panic short covering. All fundamental reasons for oil’s bullish move can’t be trusted as there is a lot of cheating going on with fake news as well. You’ve heard about fake news and one source of fake news is just propaganda practiced by every dictatorship around the world. Even democracies get in on the propaganda wars.

 

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Crude Oil Daily Chart Crash Update

 

 

In the last few days, crude oil did create another record bottom low of about $49.41, after which crude oil soared and so far has created another bullish set of 5 waves.  As I post crude oil has created another higher low, and it will be important to see if it the crude oil price will hold. I would like to see a counter rally of some sort, but a rally lasting a bit longer than just a few days.

A crash this long and deep sure has the potential to be part of an “A” wave as another 5 waves down in Minor degree sure might have a hard time as there may not be enough room.  Even a zigzag decline can crash to new record lows but that remains to be seen.

At this time the record low has a Gold/Oil ratio of 24.18:1, which is getting cheaper but that doesn’t mean we are at an extreme just yet. A Gold/Oil ratio of 30:1 would be better, but if crude oil rallies in the short term, this ratio will start to compress again.

The storage and pipeline networks have seen some extreme fluctuations, which in the longer term, will distort any supply-demand picture that is forming. I don’t rely on supply-demand numbers as there is no honest reporting that we can count on. If we think we are getting honest numbers from, Russia, China, Iran or any other dictatorship then we are just fooling ourselves.

The last month of the year could put supply numbers in focus again as the holiday season could kick in driving and flying plans. Until the airport gets buried in snow and all flights get canceled.

 

 

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OVX: CBOE Crude Oil Volatility Index (INDEX)

 

Terror has struck the Oil markets as crude oil plunges and OVX soars!  This OVX also is tied to the USO oil fund, so looking at the OVX will shed some more light on how deep the oil crash can still go.  The maximum spike to the upside registered about 95 in this chart.  Following the spike, OVX crashed and has now worked its way back up, to the point where stiff resistance can occur. We are presently at about 65, with the 80 price level coming up fast.

The chances that the OVX can make a double top are good right now, but 100 would run into my top trend line, adding another roadblock for the OVX in the near-term.

When it comes to fear moves, they all come to an end sooner or later as fear levels can’t be maintained forever. WTI crude oil has crashed and now has a Gold/Oil ratio of 24.25:1, which is so far the cheapest ratio I have measured during all of 2018! If the Gold/Oil ratio is going to hit 30:1, this would push crude oil to the extreme side.

Once this fear gauge reverses then chances are good another spike to the downside will occur, but it will take its sweet time about it. Any bearish scenario will have to show a correction of some type if the OVX is going to make another dash to a new record high. Only time can clear this up, but the Christmas holiday season can make for some stunning reversals.

Combine, the trade wars, with congested pipelines that can’t move the oil fast enough, this makes for a very distorted fundamental picture. Besides that, President Trump has been trying to crash the oil price for months as well.

In the long term, world economies are going to fail in spectacular fashion like Venezuela that has a million percent inflation rate, created by 2 dictators. The biggest bubbles and the number of different bubbles come from China, which makes North America look pretty tame in comparison.

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January Crude Oil Weekly Chart Update.

 

So far the oil crash has been un-eventfull, but analysts make it out like it’s the end of the world. The talking heads will always find a reason, “Why” oil or any asset has crashed because it’s their job!

The news is all about fundamentals, but fundamentals are always lagging indicators and change like the wind just as fast.

The fundamentals I find important is the COT (Commitment Of Traders)report, Market Vane Report, and the net long or net short positions of the traders. Right now, oil is just a bit above the 200-day MA.

Today the Gold/Oil ratio hit 22.41:1 which is the cheapest oil has been all year when we use gold as money.  At 22:1 this is not nearly extreme enough to expect a huge rally to bounce from, as 30: would start getting close to being oversold.

China Inventories Rise 416%

That is a big jump in inventory levels, but it’s more profitable to store oil at low prices as the smart traders that do that use big crude carriers as floating storage units. That usually happens near a big glut, which I don’t see just yet.

If by some odd chance that the world calls it an “Oil Glut”, then I know the oil bearish phase is over, and a new bullish phase will start. You may laugh about that, but its not rocket science folks. The first glut in late 1999 turned $10 priced oil into a $147 oil price by the 2008 peak. The experts went nuts in 2008 forecasting huge price gains still to come, but what really happened is the oil price reversed and crashed to about $34! During that same time, oil traveled from a Gold/Oil ratio of 25:1 to 9:1 in about 8 years.

Oil markets have always moved in the opposite directions than what the fundamentalists are telling us! All the squawking about $100-$300 oil just being around the corner has dried up!

The smallest move up in the price of oil can bring back any $100 price forecast very quick.

At the intraday scale, it sure looks like a potential expanded pattern is in progress, where some violent upside can still happen. I don’t think this decline is resolved, as another zigzag may yet develop but it’s still too early to tell.

 

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Natural Gas: Impending Correction Review?

The vertical move in the last day or so cannot be maintained as past historic spikes have obviously confirmed.  I understand a cold spell may have set this off, but what else is new. It’s the vertical move that could be the end of a run and not the beginning.

I also have an “A” wave peak in Intermediate degree but I have other choices as well. This bullish phase has been running since 2016, and since looks like an inverted zigzag I have look at it like’s a bear market rally as well. If this is a bear market rally, then a complete retracement of this NG bullish phase.

We’ve had three bear market rallies which all were completely retraced, so who says we can’t get the 5th bottom?

With my “A” wave peak then chances are good no new record low will happen but a good corrective wave has to form to convince me otherwise. Natural Gas is another prime example of diagonal wave structures, as there is nothing but overlapping wave structures everywhere.

For a correction, NG could drop well below the “B” wave bottom I show, and it would take time to play out. FOMO is also always part of any move, but so is fear of losing.

The commercial traders are short Natural Gas, but not by that much.  My Market Vane report this week showed about 77% bullish which is pretty high, but may not go to an extreme. Anything above 90% bulls, we are entering the extreme side of prices after which they can implode.

 

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Crude Oil Crash And Rally Update.

Crude oil created a fast move to the downside which usually happens just before another turning. On the daily chart this left a nice spike and the potential for a turning as oil bears could be in a small bear trap. Crude oil stopped dead at $54.90 and has now been in a rally that may not be finished. We could have  landed at a potential “A” wave in Minor degree, but we need time to help confirm this.

Any “B” wave can be a flat type with the first move being a zigzag. Two zigzags back to back and then 5 waves up in Minute degree could finish this rally. That’s if we were in a perfect world, as oil could drag out going sideways in a triangle nightmare as well.

What I really noticed shortly after the oil bottom on the 13th, was that the amount of bearish news just exploded and became, “Intense”. Opec is freaking out as they try to cut production again. The oil world is in such a turmoil state that fundamentals can change very fast from one week to the next.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/11/14/business/oil-prices-opec-what-next/index.html

One announcer called it the end of a 10-year bull market in oil! What? It was early 2016 when we had our last world oil glut which is not even a 3-year bull market.

The Gold/Ratio got a little better but is only a bit over 22:1,  which is nowhere near any extreme at this time.

Crude oil could also slip to a new low but then reverse just as fast, as an expanded bottom can still happen as well.

 

 

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Crude Oil Daily Chart Crash Update.

It could be a bit early, but I think a reversal is coming as crude oil is forming a great looking spike with this daily chart.

WTI crude oil price is also approaching the Fibonacci $55 price level and potential support going back to early 2017.  It could be a violent reversal as some fundamental news will come out and get the oil bulls all excited again. The $56 price level is a far cry from the $100+ price forecasts they did have. The Gold/Oil ratio improved nicely and is now sitting at the 21.42:1 ratio. Oil still has a long way to go before this ratio turns extreme, but in the short-term, a rally should ensue.

They have already declared oil in a conventional bear market, but from an EWP perspective, the entire bull market could be a bear market rally. Using stock market descriptions in the commodities markets is like mixing oil and water, they will not work if we don’t understand how big bear market rallies can actually get!

How high the counter rally could go is just the best guess, but $60-$67 will start to give crude oil some resistance. Wave 1-2 rally or a “B” wave rally in Minor degree would also work.

The crude oil price is still crashing as I post, so trying to catch a Falling Knife, will put you in the read very quickly.

Any choppy counter rally that we do run into would be a small version of a “Bear market rally”. The 200-day MA is at the $64 price level after which the Death Cross on a daily chart could also happen.

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Weekly Chart Crude Oil Crash Update. In A Bear Market Already?

 

One oil expert has declared that oil is in a bear market already!  The oil rout became a bear market pretty quick. With all the oil bear market experts hitting the front pages of news blogs, I wonder if they will tell us that the next rally is a bear market rally or not?  Close to a 3-year bullish phase sure had them convinced that oil was going much higher, but as usual, the markets seemed to behave the opposite of the herd! Every ridiculous extreme bullish oil price forecast was tossed around, yet what did the oil price do? It Crashed!

Since gold also crashed below short-term support, you would figure the Gold/Oil ratio would change. This morning the Gold/Oil ratio jumped back to a bit above 17:1, which still makes oil very expensive when compared to gold. This rapid change is nothing new, only that it’s hard to catch if you don’t take readings more frequently. When there is a fast move, then I use that event as a trigger to quickly take another Gold/Oil ratio reading.

What happened this morning, happened in 2014 as well, with the same ratio, just before crude oil prices imploded. That was a bit less than a 2-year crash when oil imploded from $105 down to about $28 USD.

There is a lot more crude oil downside that has to happen before we even get close when oil becomes cheap again. The only question is what pattern has the most likely chance of showing up to this bear party?  I have to keep 2-3 versions active at the same time. Even Crammer got into the oil forecasting business as he says oil still could drop to $40 before we see good support.

The big question is if this decline produces a zigzag, so common in commodities, or a set of 5 waves continue to develop.

No amount of bullish jawboning will change the trend once it takes hold or resumes, so keeping an eye on the COT reports or the Gold/Oil ratio is a more objective look at the oil markets.

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Crude Oil Bearish Update

 

This is just a quick crude oil update which has a lot to do with the fears of oil shortages due to the trade sanctions against Iran. Market moves based on fear never last that long if the real trend is still down.  Most of the oil rhetoric we have witnessed has more to do with the midterm elections that any real fundamental reasoning.  Some analysts also say that there is “no” fundamental reason why oil is heading down.  I laughed when I read that as the “fundamentalists” have no fundamental reasoning for crude oils decline.

Maybe they should look at the Gold/Oil ratio as it was hitting a brick wall at 17:1. Today we are at over 19.53:1, which is a bit cheaper in recent weeks, but not near any extreme at this time. Commercials are not even close to becoming net long, any time soon. That doesn’t mean oil can’t rally, but chances are slim a new trend will develop from it.

Any real support is down at the $40-$45 price level but the Gold/Oil ratio also has to confirm it. The Gold/Oil ratio would be much better between 25 and 30:1, but not match that 2016 bottom of 44:1.

If the declining pattern starts to look like a zigzag then, yes I would turn into an oil bull. The weekly chart 200-day moving average is down at the $52 price level after which we hit a “Death Cross”.

On the daily charts, $65 would get us close to another Death Cross position. The 200-day MA can also give us support so it will be critical to watch once we get closer.

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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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Brent Crude Oil Intraday Crash Update.

 

WTI Crude, Brent Crude and RBOB gasoline, have made a very strange top, which we can see when switching between daily and weekly charts. This happens many times with futures charts, and the shorter version of this explanation is that an expanded top may have also formed. In the last few days, I have been reading stories about what is causing the crash, and to no surprise, there were no shortages of different reasons why Brent crude is crashing. We may focus on OPEC, but at the same time the EPA comes out with inventory numbers that oil traders didn’t like.

President Trump has given a “Green” light for Saudi Arabia to produce as much oil as they want! If that wasn’t a hint that oil prices were coming down, then nothing is!

The “Bullish Exuberance” in Brent crude oil is starting to fade, but how deep this correction will go is still a flip of the coin. We are presently in an oil rally, so more upside could be coming.

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Crude Oil Impending Correction?

 

The 2016 bottom has a different price, with these extra bars I have added. The big thing is that this low sure can fit into my Cycle degree wave 4 low. Yes, they are all diagonal wave structures, which contain connecting zigzags.

The bull market from the 1999 bottom to the 2008 peak contained a zigzag, so I would be looking for about the same pattern to develop. The Gold/Oil ratio has hit below 16:1 today, but that may still be not enough to topple or correct this oil bullish phase.

Everybody is talking $100 oil price, but I think the $89 price level might have more importance this time. The most challenging pattern until Cycle degree wave 5 is reached, is 5 diagonals waves, where this would be an “ABC1” wave count in Primary degree.

Heating oil and RBOB gasoline have an 88% reading of bulls present in my recent Market Vane Report (M.V)

This does not mean, that more bulls can’t come to the party, but it means there is not much room left on the bullish side. Any vertical move has a speed limit to it, as most vertical moves cannot be maintained.

Can gold head north and crude oil head south at the same time? Yes, they can, but the gold/oil ratio will not allow that to happen for very long.

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Natural Gas: Weekly Chart Bullish Update

 

 

The 2005 peak is about as close to Cycle degree wave 3 that I can get. What followed surely looks like an impulse but it belongs to the diagonal world. With winter coming on, it would be futile, or a waste of time to chase any bearish outlook at this time.

A quick look at the COT reports, the commercial hedgers are net long while the speculators are still net short.

 

Both groups can’t be right, and I know that the speculators are the trend chasers, who still see a bearish decline coming.

This is also where the falling wedge looks pretty obvious if know some basic technical analysis. Experts can spew all the fundamental rhetoric they want but when they know nothing about falling wedges and the major bullish phase that they can produce, they will be wrong every time!

Fundamentals will always tell us the wrong things at the extremes, as markets always do the opposite of what the fundamental, indicators and analysts forecast.

The wedge is holding NG prices down for now, but keep an eye open for a breakout that we could still get this year.

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Crude Oil Daily Chart Bullish Wave Count Update.

 

I have been working on all my long-term oil charts and I think that 2016 low is a Cycle degree wave 4 bottom, which means  this bull market has much more to go, but we could get a violent reaction as the Gold/Oil ratio is at 16.62:1, the most expensive reading I have so far.  A fast or violent correction in oil would change that ratio around a bit. If we continue then a ratio of 10:1 or event 8:1 may still happen. I changed my positions and started a 5 wave sequence in Intermediate degree, which could lead up to a Primary degree “A” wave.

All commodities have a diagonal idealized custom pattern I visualize, taken from the real world lcharts ike the CRB index.  A short example of this diagonal is the ending diagonal in our EWP books, but just forget the “ending” part and stretch it 600 years. The DOW up to the early 1920’s were all diagonal wave structures. This stopped as financial instruments were invented and the majority of people could own stocks. The more people in the markets smoothed all the diagoanls waves out.

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Gasoline Cycle Degree Update.

 

This gasoline futures chart is on a different wave pattern as it’s Cycle degree 4th wave bottom was in late 2008 not in 2016.  The British Pound is very much the same so it’s not an isolated rare pattern as the 2016 bottom would be a running type wave.  This doesn’t mean a very deep correction is coming as another leg up may still happen in the next few years. Even Brent hitting the $80 price level, may break-out to the upside again. This has taken far to long for a bear market rally, so that always forces me to look for a better fit. More and more commodities are seeing Cycle degree 4th wave lows,  and that should only increase in the next few years. By about 2022 many other stock indices will join the 4th wave Cycle degree club.

I keep track of all the completed 4th waves under a seperate page heading, so check that page as the Cycle degree 4th wave count is growing slowly!

In this case the huge gap we do have can also act as support, as prices also repell from gaps. I’m sure in the future that this monster gap in gasoline will close off, but that may be a Supercycle degree crash when it happens. Gasoline is just in a huge zigzag bull market and between the two sets of 5 waves virtually any pattern can develop.  I haven’t checked the weekly chart Death Cross but the 200-day MA could be support, as on a daily chart we could hit a Golden Cross. Even now the correction is not as impulsive as you would expect, so this can always crank up and add another leg to this insane bullish move.

We can also see a big H&S pattern, so if gasoline prices are still very bullish, then the right shoulder will not hold and a push higher should happen. In a bearish situation a H&S pattern like this would go to new record lows.

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Crude Oil Weekly Chart 2008-2016, 8 Year Bear Market Review!

 

Last week things changed as there is a 99.999% chance that gold has a bottom at the $1160 price level. This also forces me to make changes to my oil positions as it refuses to die, or correct at this time.  All commodaties are zigzags linked together which follow a completely different idealized wave structure than what stocks do. When we choose to ignore them, then our wave positions will never produce positions we can’t stay in for more than a day.

The biggest clue that crude oil is in a diagonal, are the 7 waves up from 1999 to the 2008 peak. (3 years before the gold peak) All experts call the bull market to 2008 as 5 waves up in Primary degree but I count 7 waves up, which means a diagonal wave structure is in progress.

We can only wait for so long before we have to throw in the towel and succumb to the oil bulls. I moved my oil wave 4 in Cycle degree to the 2016 bottom  and this would technically complete my 4th wave. Oil will enter my Cycle degree 4th wave club, and gasoline should as well once I update it.

If the wave 4 in Cycle degree is in then oil will produce another zigzag looking pattern, but that may not happen until gold hits it’s “B” wave peak. We can’t have a strong gold bullish move to the upside without the Gold/Oil ratio making a big move as well. The ratio stood at 44:1 at the 2016 bottom, and has now hit 17:1. This is an extreme but could also just produce a correction.

Even Brent crude may join my Cycle degree 4th wave club, and I will update the Brent crude wave positions when I can.

I will not trade any oil related asset classes as the gold market and ETFs is my trading world. If gold is going to lift-off then the oil price should react bullish as well. That would be something if gold continued its bullish return, as then the Gold/Oil ratio will not stay the same.

When we count from the crude oil 2008 peak, the 2016 bottom gave crude oil an 8-year bear market, which makes a much better Fibonacci fit.

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Brent Crude: Still Pushing The Bullish Buttons.

 

One more push to a new record high! Sure that can happen as we approach the $80 price level again. Of course the stories about oil going to $100 again all are starting to sound like a broken record stuck on “repeat”. Can a 4th wave rally surge this high and still be in a bear market rally? Of course it can, as it could even dip into my wave 1 bottom. Commodities play a different game and normal wave counting methods will never work. This is all part of a Cycle degree zigzag correction which has 3 parts to it.

It may seem like the 2015 bottom was part 3, but fooling the majority all the time is the job of the markets. When the Gold/Brent ratio is an eye-popping 15.10:1 then we are pushing the bounderies of being very expensive when priced against gold. In the long run I’m sure we will end up with another major world oil glut as recessions happen every 10 years or so. Any recession in the future would be over as soon as solar cycle #25 starts to break through.

 

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