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September Crude Oil Daily Chart: Record High Again.

I show that oil peaked at just below the $73 price level in the September contract, the August contract has just crashed so there are always differences in prices.  The December contract paints an entirely different picture as the December contract is at least $5 per barrel, this is well on the road to an extreme spread and it tells me that oil’s bull run will not last.

The gold bugs need higher oil prices to support their bullish claims, because you sure will not see the gold price soar as oil implodes. Sorry folks but that ain’t going to happen. Gold and oil are linked by an unbreakable elastic band, which can streach and contract by extreme ratios. The ratio is still around 17:1 which is also at an extreme, so this will change dramatically as we hit the Gold/Oil ratio brick wall! Hurricane season can have psychological reasons why oil is high, but summer driving will also end so the future of the WTI oil price does not look bullish from my perspective. COT reports also show commercials net long in oil, so the bearish indicators are still there and getting worse.

To think that the stock market is going to deflate but oil and gold inflate, then you should check all your premisses as one of them is sure to be wrong. When the oil bulls all start to sound alike, then I know it’s time to short the oil price. I use USO for that as I’m short 100 shares on USO. Sure, any trade will go against you but feathering into any  postion is the key. I can handle alot of Draw Down red, which freaks my friend “JP” when I show him my red positions. My entire short sell group is turning into my best performers so I have no intention of getting out. I trade small positions with ETFs but try and stay in for a 5 wave run. When you ride those bear runs down, then you pat your bear and tell him that he has done a good job. Yes there are buckaroo cowboys that can only ride the bulls, but up here in Canada we also ride the bears! It’s not a fricken horse race folks. It’s a bear and bull ride and to see who can last the longest before being thrown off!

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Crude Oil Weekly Chart: Hunt For The Death Cross!

I delibertly kept off all may wave positions, so to focus on two main indicators. In this case it is always the 50-200 day SMA .  I might call the Death Cross as (DC) and the Golden Cross as (GC).   I also high lighted the wedge, which is very bearish for oil.  Just after the 2014 top the dreaded Death Cross struck. We all know what damage the death cross can do, so we have to have respect for it, but traders can use it to their advantage before it happens.

Count the crossings and watch the sequence they produce. In a 5 wave decline we could get two Death Crossings, and only one Golden Crossing.  (DC, GC, DC)

After the last Death Cross, and we suspect a bull market, then chances are good two Golden Crosses will develop with only one Death Cross. Sounds like Fibonacci relationships to me.

In June, the 50 day average came up from the bottom slicing the 200 day line again. This is a Golden Crossing, but notice how late it showed up. These are lagging indicators only to help confirm that the main bearish trend will resume. They would also produce high confident short bets on Oil, well in advance of the crossing.

The sequence to follow should be a Death Cross which could be just be 5-8 months away.  Even when we don’t know, I would look at the sequence to always  alternate from the previous crossing type.

I think the world is going to be forced on a deleveraging program, (Crash), that could send $100 Trillion up in smoke. No gold or oil bull will stand up to so much money disappearing back into thin air.

Gold will “NOT” protect you from deflation folks.  The majority  have been brainwashed to think that it does. Some of the two biggest crashes in gold, erased $300 and $500 dollars in 5-8 months.  So a $500 gold crash would be realistic.

I’am waiting for the impending Death Cross in gold a few months down the road, and we might not see the DC until gold crashes under $1047.  If you are wondering why gold is crashing just pay attention to the US dollar. It’s fast becoming a safe-haven as the EU strains under the weight of printed Euros.

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Crude Oil The Bull Market That Won’t stop!

 

This is the September month with oil just squeeking into a new high. The August contract scored a new high but all other contracts months are still far behind and lagging.  I believe an inverted zigzag is still in progress, as the wedge suggests. If we draw horizontal lines back to the bull market, then the $75-$80 price level is going to produce a stiff wall of resistance at the same time.  The $80 price level would also hit my wave 2 price range. In a pure impulse I would not allow that to happen, but in the diagonal world this happens on a regular basis. For over 500 years, Submillennium degree wave 3 has produced diagonal wave structures. Oil’s entire life span is also based on diagonals.  Modern wave analysts don’t care about diagoanls waves as they label everyting like simple impulse waves. Cheating in counting diagonal waves stands out like a sore thumb to me, and I reject any wave count that ignores diagonal wave structures.

Different contracts have different peaks, so this usually wrecks havoc with the wave count, at least in the short term.  Any “D” wave rally can look like this as well, and most of the time you will never know the difference, because the mood in a wave 1 and a “D” wave are much the same.  Every bear market rally we will ever run into, has a bullish mood attached to it. The majority will never learn what a bear market rally is, so we get sucked into thinking that every bull market is going to send prices to the moon.

At the 2011 peak everyone thought we were in a bull market, yet complete retracement ensued.  Gasoline futures are not following as they are lagging substantially. At about the 2014 peak the Gold/Oil ratio quickly jumped to 17:1 after which the oil price imploded. In the last few days this has happened again as oil pushed to 17.24:1 this morning.  If oil stayed in the same spot and gold keeps crashing, then oil would still get more expensive and it doesn’t even have to move.

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Crude Oil Present Rally Will Run Out Of Gas!

I will make this December contract a perminate contract month as other months have some wild moves in them that have much higher spikes than what we see.  The September contract produce a very small gap which oil is in the process of closing off.  We still have the 4th wave peak and since May this peak has not been breached. Technically it should not get breached if the bigger bearish trend is already in progress.  Every counter rally to the bigger trend is a mini bear market rally, and any price support level will not hold, but for only a short time period.  From my perspective price never confirms a wave count, as price is a result of the type of pattern in progress. Did price help you see the oil crash coming? Or did price of the DOW in 2009, tell you that a 10-11 year bull market was coming?  Did the price level of gold tell you that a gold crash was coming?  As long as you use price as your only indicator, then you will get the same results as the majority do. In this game if your not a contrarian you become the victim.

We could be in a wave 2 rally in Minute degree so this rally should eventually die when the big oil bear returns. Commercials are very bearish in their positions, so until they switch, the pressure on oil will be to go down not up.  Most E-wavers ignore these types of contrarian indicators which can produce massive unexpected reversals. I’m confident that any Cycle degree correction in the commodities world will produce a zigzag with some producing triangles.

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Crude Oil Intraday Wild Ride Update

The trading in the June contract started to come to a halt and it never had enough trades in it to push it as high as the December contract.  When they roll over into the July contract then the July contract pushed much higher. It’s not good to stay late in a contract month, so I took the December contract. There was a 3 wave crash that took oil to a new low, but that lasted all of a few minutes before it retraced that entire “D” wave drop. I could count out the “E” wave a bit different.

When I see a triangle I also have to be prepared to jump one degree.  If I don’t know what higher degree I would get, then I need to scramble to make sure I get one by the time we get there. I’m a big fan of always trying to find a “better fitting” wave count, and not just change wave positions for the sake of having to do it.  The herd of bulls are  looking for higher oil prices as they think that fundamentals somehow dictate higher oil prices.  They freak out about every little move in inventory levels when reports come out that are above or below expectations.  At this rate the oil price will never crash if they can execute a balancing act in inventory levels.  So if the price of oil keeps crashing, does that mean all the tanks are going to be full all the time?  The last thing they want is their tanks full with high price oil, with no room to store cheaper oil in.

Oil storage is big business and smart oil traders have private tanks that go deep in the ground, where  inventory levels cannot be seen. All Trump has to do is announce a sale from government reserves and the price of oil would crash.  Having the faith that somehow OPEC doesn’t cheat with their production numbers is rather naive as well.

A recession is coming folks, and we know painfully well how fast the oil price did crash during the last recession. The oil bulls think that a trade war will have no impact on the price of oil. Commercials have an extreme short position in WTI crude, while the speculators are all geared to the long side. Both groups can’t be right, so something has to break this summer.

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Intraday Crude Oil Update: Wild Moves In Both Directions.

In the last 4 or 5 days crude oil prices have gone wild, soaring in both directions. This kind of action doesn’t send a clear signal confirming any trend in any direction.  Besides these wild swings I believe crude oil is back to its bearish trend. It all depends on our understanding of what a bear market rally really is. From the majority point of view anything that moves up, is in a bull market . Expert analysts jump on the same bandwagon and give us all sorts of fundamental reasons why oil is still going to the moon.

The entire oil bull market produced what can fit into an inverted zigzag with relative ease, and that means “bear market rally” in Elliott Wave speak.  The simple result of a bear market rally is the complete retracement of the entire bullish phase.  I cannot be any more direct about this, as staying invested at the top of a bear market rally can wipe you out in  short order.  As I post crude oil is still on a bullish run where this little wave count gets trashed as I post. What else is new as at these intraday levels, things can get pretty wild.

If oil still has a bearish phase to go through, then gold prices are not going to go to the moon. The Gold/Oil ratio keeps a mathmatical connection that doesn’t get broken or even expire. This morning the Gold/Oil ratio was 19.27:1 which is cheaper than what it has been, but by only a very small amount. In other words, the oil price can crash much further. Gold just crashed down to $1262 so gold is doing a good job of still confirming its bearish phase.

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Update.

Since the peak last month nothing that has happened indicates a correction has taken place except for small counter rallies.  (Mini bear market rallies)  We have to understand any bear market rally is they will determine if we should hold a bullish position or get the hell out. There is nothing more horrifying than think about a bull market that some say is going to $300, but it turns and crashes to $40 or even lower. Bear market rallies in any degree always retrace themselves, so there is no sense in staying, as bear market rallies make for excelent short bets.  The trick is spotting a bear market rally before all others do and I will keep trying to do that as we all need that information early.

Most of the oil bulls do not understand the concept of a bear market rally as they treat anything that goes up as a real bull market. In commodaties and oil specifically is in a big Cycle degree wave 4 bear market, with most of them being giant zigzags. It may take the rest of the summer to play out so expect some wild counter rallies like we just had.

I switched mywave count to another wave 1-2 in Minute degree but ultimatley we need 5 waves down in Minor degree or one zigzag in Minor degree. Any zigzag could form where the “B”wave looks just like another 4th wave rally. These types of rallies would be very hard to spot if we’re not looking for them.  All this trade war rhetoric is just to much for the oil bulls to handle. Maybe $50 billion worth of duties, the markets could handle, but $200 billion, was just too much.

Fear drives the commodities, not some logical fundamental explanation why oil is going up or down.  Sure I can see another world oil glut coming up, but we know that oil gluts are very bullish for the price of oil. The last record oil bear market low was about $28, which technically should be breached again, if the 4th wave peak is on its true location.

My wave counts may make little sense to some, but my oil wave count starts with the 2008 peak. This makes the oil bear market about 10 years old so far. Thinking in 4-5-month steps, we could see September/October with another new record low.  I may be very bearish on oil, but I assure you I will turn very bullish after this 5th wave plays out.

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Update

Since late last night oil topped after which it produced a great swan dive.  Any asset class that was this choppy can always have a counting issue and therefore go higher than expected, but only time will tell if this crude oil counter rally is finished.  A move where crude oil falls below $64 will settle that argument, as bear market rallies are always completely retraced. The story that Europe is awash with crude oil was interesting.  They say, “It’s an unusual occurrence”. Europe is just hedging their bets on buying cheap US crude and not relying on Russian or mideast oil. It’s the perception of excess oil (glut) that can turn oil bulls into oil bears instantly.

We are going to get many more of these fake bullish moves, and each one will produce excitment thinking the worst is over for the oil correction. In the eyes of the public anything that goes up is in a bull market, but from an Elliott Wave perspective we can have very large bear market rallies.  My big bear market wave count starts way back with the 2008 peak, as we must never lose focus from where this WTI crude oil wave count comes from.  I’m sure we will see another counter rally in the next few trading days, but if the rally is finished, then no new highs should get established.

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Crude Oil Intraday Topping Pattern Review

This morning crude oil created another higher high. There can always be another spike higher but this rally sure looks like it is fighting the bigger trend. Over lapping wave structures is the first clue, and a wedge is another. You usually don’t get one without the other as most bear market rallies can turn into wedges. The “C” wave part is all diagonal as it started near the bottom.  The only way we can see these small zigzags is with a 30 minute scale chart.  Anything bigger and you would not see many of these small zigzags.

The wedge looks impressive but we can dream up wedges just about anywhere if we are very biased. I believe there is more downside to come this summer so jumping on the oil bandwagon could overload it at a time, when the wheels are ready to fall of.

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Crude Oil Intraday Bullish Update

Crude oil has been in a rally but this rally is so choppy that oil looks like it still is in a counter trend rally.  We may still have more upside but this rally should end and then resume its bigger bearish phase.  The December contract is still $1.21 lower than the June contract and over time I would expect that to change which could still take many months to switch.  The December contract is also very busy so I may switch to the December contract soon.

Panics happen when a small group sees the same thing at the same time, and any unexpected inventory number can do that.  Markets will always do the opposite of what ever trend the majority have established, as the majority can never win at this game. The majority never practice buying low and then selling high becuase they only love it when things go up. If not enough bulls keep buying then sooner or later this crude oil bullish phase will have a hardtime in staying with this northerly direction.

Those traders that can play both ways care little about fundamentals as they only care of what their TA is telling them. On a short scale we could also be facing an inverted wedge which is also very bearish.  Overall I remain bearish until a correction completes that will push oil into a new bull market phase.  So far this idea is pretty remote but by the fall the bearish phase will show itself to more participants.

I see the $40-$45 price level as a good resting spot but if any rally is still choppy, then even the $40 price level will not hold.

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Crude Oil Just Keeps on Crashing!

I have about a week or so before the June contracts expires, after which I will move to the next busiest month. I made a small degree change as the last thing I want is a degree that is to big early in the game. As I post oil is in a bit of a rally, and it to should come to an end.

In the long run, the big question is, “if oil was in a big bear market rally?”  Very few investors and analysts know the difference because any asset class that goes up by more than 20% is a bull market from their perspective.

In commodities a conventional 20% move is just a little bee sting. From an Elliott Wave perspective this is not the case as we can have 70-80% bear market rallies, that completely retrace their entire bull market moves.  Oil has done this once already, but that late 2015 low may still be a fake bottom. We may hear about the $45 price level become support, but I always ask, “Support for what?”  Support for the start of a brand new bull market, or just temporary support before the final leg down?  They used the excuse that inventory levels are too high, but that has happened many times already.  Storage and large crude oil carrier loading and off loading terminals as being built and expanded on, around the world. The last thing that any oil traders wants is to store high priced oil. Storing low price oil, they can make money on. They will pull out all the stops and even lease large crude oil carriers to store oil in. A month or so ago they declared the oil glut is officially dead, but that is a bad omen and not a good sign at all. The markets always do the opposite of what the majority think will happen, as “all” oil gluts of the past have produce major oil price bullish phases.

From a major oil glut in early 2016, it took fundamentals over 2 years to catch-up to the oil price. I’m pretty sure we are going to see another oil glut before we ever see another real oil shortage.

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Crude Oil Trade War Update.

Crude oil is on the verge of crashing through short term price support. The gloves are coming off, in the war on trade as they all try and fight back. All this trade war talk does it make you want to jump out and buy commodities?  My bearish stance on oil has not changed one bit even though there are many experts out that are still beating the bullish “oil drums”.  All the price forecasting in the world will not come true, if we don’t know the difference between a real bull market and a big bear market rally.

Recently they got worried that inventory levels have decreased , and then no sooner did they post the news, another report comes out saying the exact opposite.  I’m not concerned about any crude oil inventory levels as the big crude oil traders will buy, build or rent more storage space that prying eyes cannot see.  Traders don’t make money storing high priced oil, they make money storing low priced oil waiting for a price rebound. In South Africa there is a big crude oil depot that has huge storage capacity by going  deep below ground. More daily oil flows around South Africa than what travels through the Suez Canal so Cape Town is a prime location for a major world storage hub.

Another oil storage trick is to rent large crude carriers and just float them until prices improve. Some of these VLCC (Very Large Crude Carriers ) can hold 2 million barrels. (About 2000 contracts)  I’m sure that floating storage will come into play again in the next few years, and when it does it will be all over the oil news blogs. When all the oil storage is used up then the price of oil will rally.  There is no real shortage in oil to justify lofty expert price claims, as they have failed every time. In 2008 they were calling for $200 oil but oil then crashed to $34! We may get a brief halt in the crashing oil price, but that may not happen until crude oil gets close to the $40-$45 price level.

When commodities crash they can do so, with amazing speed, and that famous excuse, “It’s Different this time” will not stop an oil crash.

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Crude Oil Intraday Rally Update

In the last 3-4 days crude oil has been in a small rally which sure has the pattern of a triangle. We are just finishing what looks like another zigzag “E” wave so anoterleg down should happen, followed by a bigger rally retracing any 5th wave we may get.  A triangle forces a degree change as well which could end up at a wave 1 in Minor degree.

All bullish oil news in a bear market will never turn a bear market into a bull market, as bear market rallies are all starts to a fake bull market. Many still believe that oil is going to $100 or even $300 as one biased expert claims.  Crazy bullish forecasts always get mentioned at the tips of bullish phases, after which the market crashes. It’s not any different this time, as the only thing that has changed, is we are in a different time period, after all were not in early 2008.  Any unexpected bearish move will force “all” bullish players to reconsider their positions.  They can do this by moving up their protective sell stops,  just below my wave 3 in Minute degree. Very few traders have the account to maintain a bullish position, besides the smart traders saw this oil crash coming.

The $66 price level will be a set-up for a downside breakout, with the potential for a diagonal 5th wave to develop. We have a long way to go, and it may take the rest of the year to play out.  All my commodity Cycle degree 4th waves are zigzags with a few triangles thrown in to keep us on our toes.

Figuring out where we are in this Cycle degree 4th wave is different between many commodities, and we are still far away for the “A” wave in Primary degree to arrive.

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Crude Oil Intraday OPEC Bear Attack Update.

We all now know the reason for the oil crash as the blame is all about OPEC increasing their crude oil output. Bears always attack from the top down and this time it is not any different than what happened in any other bear attack that oil ever had. This July contract is already well below the $67 support price level, and my bet is that much more downside is to come.  A Minuette degree 4th wave rally is still in progress, so that needs to play out before another leg down can happen. Any next leg down will run into a new set of 5 waves, but this time it should be 5 waves in Minute degree.  If any oil analysts are  looking for price support, then they clearly don’t understand a potential bear market rally.

The majority don’t know the differnce between a bull market and a big bear market rally, which the EWP is supposed to tell us the difference. From an EWP perspective all bear market rallies get completley retraced. The crude oil move from the 2016, $28  bottom, oil moved a net amount of about $44!  Even just a simple net 50% correction would send oil down to the $50 price level. Oil still has a very big base at the $40-$45 price level, so anything can still happen during the rest of this summer. All the COT reports still  show the commercials in net short positions and until that changes dramatically, the oil bearish trend should continue.

The Gold/Oil ratio is starting to get very close to 20:1 which needs to expand much more as the oil price keeps declining in price.  Sooner or later the oil price will take the gold price with it, as the ratio keeps gold and oil locked together.

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Update.

Crude oil has a bit to go before all of the May rally is  completley retraced. It also means that the fundamentals reasons they used for the price rise were all bogus. They were baffling us with bull shit like they have done many times before. Breaking below the psychological $70 price level is very important as now the entire world of analysts will look for all the bearish fundamentals. The big question facing all participants regarding the oil bullish phase, is if it was a true bull market or just another  big fancy bear market rally?

Very few analysts know this and the emotional players know even less what a bear market rally is. From an Elliott Wave perspective every bear market rally gets completely retraced. All my work is done from a Cycle degree perspective and in the case for oil the big peak in 2008, is the Cycle degree wave three top. Since then oil has been in a huge bear market that still has not completed.  The initial 2008 crash was followed by a big bullish phase, which convinced many of the experts that oil will never fall below $100 again.

What followed was another oil crash that completley retraced the entire oil bullish phase. From the 2016 bottom to our present May top was an Intermediate degree move, while $110 at the 2011-2013 top was a Primary degree top. Our present top is only “one” degree lower, yet that represents about a $43 oil price difference. Some analysts flip degree levels around like flipping hamburgers, but they don’t realize that being out by only “ONE” degree does make a huge difference in forecasting any price changes. Prices pull fundamantals up and down like a big bull or bear will follow you around with a big ring stuck in it’s nose.  Forecasting a big price move also forecasts the new fundamantals when that price crash has arrived. Since I have labeled this an Intermediate degree move, I basically have a conundrum. If I make a one-degree change at this top then all wave counts going backwards must all be checked and recounted. Cosmetic wave counting will not do it, as it’s all about the structural changes that have to be made. Being out by one degree, we can be out by a minimum of 61%, which is the same as the (.618) Fibonacci ratio.

Now the guessing game will start at what price level oil will bottom. Bottom for what? A bottom that breeds a new bull market or a bottom that confirms this rally was just another big bear market rally?

If I use an Intermediate degree “A” wave peak for our present top, then I have just bumped all my oil wave counts into the SC degree world. Of course a one degree change in oil, would also put all 30 of my Cycle degree wave counts into question. Needless to say being out by just one degree is very important from my Cycle degree perspective.

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Intraday Crude Oil Crash Update.

This is the July intraday chart of WTI crude oil. In the last couple of days oil has been crashing which is pretty obvious,  as the media is all over it giving you an excuse or reason for every little twist and turn in the crude oil price.  The question is in how big this correction will be as every expert on the planet only sees upside in the price of crude.

There are very big counter rallies which majority can’t tell the difference. With them any thing that moves up seems to be a bull narket. In the EWP huge bear market rallies always retrace their entire bullish moves.  Once the bearish phase kicks in, nothwill stop it until it is time.  An intermedeate degree decline does not happen over-night as we need more evidence that  this decline has more staying power.  Some say  oil may only correct to $50 but that would not even put a dent into all the COT positions. $50 would be about a net 50% correction which I think is not nearly deep enought.

In between $40 and $45 crude oil would get much better support, if the big bull market is still in play.  But if we all are fooled as to the natureof this oil bull market then, that $40 price level will mean little. When commodities crash they can crash fast, as oil has demonstrated many times before. The longer it takes oil to create a new record high, the bigger the odds are that oil is in a bigger bearish phase than what the majority expect.

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Crude Oil Intraday Record Highs Update.

This morning crude oil was trying for $73 with this June contract. We also have a very narrow run that can fit into an ending diagonal very well.  Gasoline has also been making new record highs, so crude oil is not alone in this. Oil keeps pushing higher as the world experts have all jumped on the oil bandwagon already.  This oil bull market is a top heavy trade by any stretch of the imagination.   A major correction must happen, or worse yet the entire bullish phase comes to an end and oil prices start to crash.  It’s hard to beleive that oil could crash but it has done this many times before and under much higher bullish conditions. Just review the 2008 peak when the experts were declaring a world oil shortage. Yet 5 months later we were in another complete oil glut. The world’s bullish oil analysts never saw the oil crash coming in mid 2008 and this time I see very little difference.

This morning the Gold/Oil ratio crashed below 18:1 which keeps making oil very expensive. All future bullish price forecasts become higher and higher, until that day when all the bullish buyers are already in.  Protective “sell” stops are piling up below present prices , but there is a $10 price limit where trading in oil my be stopped for the day.

Commercials do not support this bullish phase as it is the speculators that are chasing this bull market and they are in net long positions.  Bullish speculators leaving protective sell stops behind them, are sowing the seeds of their own destruction as sooner or later all trends trap the participants before they know it.

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Crude Oil 1980-2018 Monthly Chart Review: The Surplus Is Gone!

The story goes that the experts have now declared the world oil surplus over.    It took fundamentals close to 23 months to catch-up to the oil price.  Since 1980 we had about 4 major world oil gluts and each one was followed by a wild bullish phase. The exact opposite happens at every oil peak, crude oil shortages were declared, and as soon as concensus forecasting was unaminous, the oil price would crash.  All the takling heads agreed that oil prices were going much higher as inventories are starting to decline.

Storing oil is big business and the last thing smart money wants to do is store oil at high prices, so inventories are reduced. They can’t figure out why  the oil price would crash when inventories are declining. At the 2008 peak they were calling for a world oil shortage and price targets of $200-$300 a barrel were pretty common. In face of all that bullish oil news, within 6 months oil had crashed about $110.

Then again at the 2013-2014 oil peaks just above $110, they declared that oil would not fall below $100 again. Sure enough witnin two years oil had crashed from $115 to $28. Oil and commodities have a great track record of crashing when nobody expects them to crash. Oil has had no problem in moving $50-$60 at a crack, so another $40 oil crash would be a walk in the park. Now in 2018 we are faced yet with another major bullish scenario, as the fundamental forecasters are at it again. They don’t report the huge short positions commercials have in oil, they only brag about the long positions of the speculators.

With crude oil going vertical at about $72, two things are going to happen, one of them is another huge correction develops, and the other is an end to this entire bullish phase, which started in 2016. Very few can tell the difference between a bear market rally and a real bull market. A bear market rally “always” retraces its entire bullish phase, and we have to wait to see if this will start to happen in the next few months.  A turning will force all the players in the bullish direction, to switch or get out.

You can bet there are massive amounts of  protective “sell” stops below present crude oil prices, and once they get triggered, it can produce a cascading effect. There is a $10 limit to moves in oil futures but that rarely has been triggered. My “B” wave in Minor degree is sitting at about the $45 price level.  The public needs to switch to a very bearish mindset, before a major bullish move can happen again.  If oil is going to crash, there is no way that gold will go vertical heading the opposite way. It’s the Gold/Oil ratio that ties oil and gold together, and it’s just a bit above 18:1 as I post. During the 2013 oil peak the Gold/Oil ratio compressed to 17:1 before it crashed, so 18:1 makes a great fit at this time.

If I’m wrong about this impending decline in oil prices then oil “must” produce a clear corrective pattern in Intermediate degree. This corrective pattern must not create a new world record low price,  but it must produce another higher low. Think of “must” have as a hard EWP  “Rule”,  not a guideline.  Another 3 wave Minor degree move will not happen overnight, as it would take many months and even longer to fully correct.  Some little dip in the oil price will not even come close to force a change in direction onto the  bullish speculators.  As I post oil is getting closer to $72 again, so this will keep many of the bullish players locked in their positions for now. Buying low and then selling high is not the concept practiced today as even in commodaties they love to chase a bull market forcing higher and higher prices on us. Bullish moves have come to abrupt halts in the past, so I’m sure this big bullish phase will also end.

I could be faced with a degree change but making one change up or down would throw “all” my other wave counts out as well, by at least 61% or more.

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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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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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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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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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