This is the August Brent crude oil weekly chart. In the future I may switch to the December contract as it’s also very busy. I made this chart up for those who are addicted to trend lines. 🙄 I try to use trend lines sparingly with posted charts, but before I put a single mark on the chart, I work 2 or 3 sets of trend lines with my editor. The wave count I’m showing started at the July, 2008 peak when Brent peaked at $148. This is 4 dollars off, from the Fibonacci number of 144. I place a great deal of importance to all the even Fibonacci numbers as they encompass so many caclulations in the stock markets, and all of life as well. Today Brent peaked at $80 after which it started to back off.
Since a corretion seems to be initiated, the top trend line may hold. The brother to the top trend line is at the bottom. The entire 2011-2014 top gave the majority the good bullish feelings and forecasts that oil will never gold below $100 again was a popular theme. Oil rallied to $125 and then started to turn down until it crashed into the 2016 bottom.
This peak was a bear market rally and the market confirmed this with complete retracement of the entire bull market that started in Decenber of 2008. Technically, it looks like a Primary degree zigzag has completed, and we should be off in another 5 waves in Primary degree.
There are some huge loopholes in that thinking because gasoline futures do not confirm new record lows in 2016, unless you want to call it a running flat! That does not fit as well if WTI is a zigzag and Brent being a flat. Ain’t going to happen folks. From the 2016 bottom we have a fantasic rising wedge, which is a very bearish signal that most analysts ignore.
Every Elliott Wave student knows what an inverted zigzag is, but yet they conjure up a bull market just the same. At this pace, the majority got fooled by a Primary degree bullish phase, and now even an Intermediate degreee bullish phase has them convinced that much higher oil prices are on the way. There is no support for a bear market rally once it starts its reversal. The only support may be at the $40-$45 price level if the actual decline produces a zigzag 5th wave.
The majority think that oil can’t crash due to some fundamental reports, but oil has a reputation of doing just that. I have deep respect for oils ability to execute fantastic swan dives. How did the 2014 crash work out? How about the big crash into the 2008 bottom? That 2008 crash hardly showed any subdivisions that you could count. This 2008 crash was extremely steep and is acually a “big” clue that it’s a zigzag and not a flat. With most flat crashes, this pattern is mostly reversed, where the “C” wave part is the steepest. Many may not suspect that a 4th wave rally can go this high, but in my experience they sure can, especially in commodities.
To decide if our present bullish phase is a bear market rally or not, is critical to know and understand.
Another indicator is the Gold/Brent ratio. I have only one reading and todays reading hit a ratio of 16.79:1. In May it was 17:1. This has change little and I would consider that on the expensive side when compared to US dollar gold. In 2014 oil reached a 17:1 ratio before it started to crash down to $28 or so. I would have to do some back checking to find the ratio for the 2016 bottom, but we can use the WTI ratios for Brent as well.
I haven’t found a good Brent COT report yet, but with WTI the commercials are shifted to the short side. This doesn’t get me all excited, about some super oil bull market to suddenly erupt.
The speculators that are chasing this trend are all commited to the long side, the exact opposite of the commercials. Who is the smart money here? When you get such a high degree of investors all committed to the long side, who is left to jump in? Who is going to jump in thinking oil is cheap at $80? Below our present “C” wave bullish phase, all the protective “SELL” stops accumulate, and when they get hit all the bulls instantly turn into bears.
While everybody turns extremely bullish on oil, I turn bearish as I see a huge downside move coming.