Crude Oil 1999-2019 Review

I constantly review the bigger picture, as I see it everything related to commodities are diagonal wave structures. The 1990s was a correction with a triangle in the “B” wave of Intermediate degree ending in 1999.

Then in the middle of a worldwide oil glut crude oil started to soar until peak oil ended in 2008. Most of all wave analysts count 1999-2008 as a set of 5 waves in Primary degree, yet I count 7 waves.  Forcing 5 waves when there are only 7 waves is what I try and avoid.

During the 2008 peak, the Gold/Oil Ratio hit 9:1 when crude oil started to crash. Many smart contrarians knew that oil was going to crash, just because of the ratio was at an extreme.

I called the crash as well except my wave degree levels were off by a long shot.  From 2008 to the 2016 bottom looks like a perfect Primary degree zigzag has completed, which also ended with a potential 4th wave in Cycle degree.

Another zigzag in Primary degree could be one of the options that will end with Cycle degree wave 5. Wave 1 in Intermediate degree may already be completed but in the short term, oil can be fooling us as wave 2 might not be finished just yet.

The drone attack produced a crazy move to $63, a few dollars shy of what I thought it would do, but in its wake oil also produced one “Humungous gap”.

It was about a $4 gap between $56 and $60, so crude oil can crash right back down to $56 with little problem. (or lower)

I have never noticed a gap in oil this large since I started wave counting oil. This is a very bearish signal.

There should be no panic as they say the drone attacks was just 5% of world oil production taken offline. This made the USA the largest exporter of oil for the short term.

The Gold/Oil ratio also compressed to 24.9 from Fridays ratio of 27.13. Oil refineries blow up regularly but they can also rebuild them very fast by working 24/7.

Only time can answer a few more questions, as we have to see how deep oil prices can still fall.  Any oil price fall below $45 will definitely kill this short term wave count.

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Crude Oil: Weekly Chart Update

So far I’m going to stick with Cycle degree wave 4 as completed.

I have to be open to the idea that another big zigzag in Primary degree might happen, so this 5 wave sequence would end at another “A” wave in Primary degree.

Early this morning crude oil spiked and has started to dip again, and may still head to the $50 price range.

The Gold/Oil ratio is 26.8 which is more expensive than the August readings and this ratio should expand a bit more in September.

Any move that would take oil below the $45 price level might force another complete review.

Don’t expect some beautiful impulse move as we are in a diagonal world where wave structures do overlap and can even look like they are going sideways.

Switching from bar type to line type also changes the wave counts as many spikes get smoothed out in the process.

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Crude Oil Weekly Chart Review

Looking at oil from a weekly chart perspective I have made some changes where the 2016 low is also my Cycle degree 4th wave low!

If we are lucky this wave count may last until the end of the year but be open to being wrong.  This would be a diagonal 5 wave sequence but end at an “A” wave in Primary degree, not a wave 1 in Primary degree.

If any of this bullish scenario is true then expect choppy and overlapping waves that will keep the wave analysts scratching their heads.

Some wild spike to the downside could send this wave count into the digital graveyard fairly quick, but I have to run it until it’s eliminated.

The Gold/Oil ratio is about 28:1 which is not that expensive.

In 2018 we saw a golden cross develop so it would be critical to watch if we get a death cross dip!

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Crashing Crude Oil Update!

In the last year or so we have seen oil crash and in the last day or so another crude oil price drop has made its presence known.  There are no daily trading limits in commodities and it is the main reason why oil has made such huge price dips.

The decline is not finished just yet as I expect more downside to come.  The Gold/Oil ratio is flashing and today the Gold/Oil ratio is the second cheapest ratio in two years.

The Gold/Oil ratio sits at 29.42 today matched only once in the last two years! This is a fast ratio move and I would like to see this ratio continue to spread in the short term.  I trade the Forex oil units and have made some small good short bets, but the Gold/Oil ratio is sending a signal that we may have to reverse all our bearish thoughts as we will end up in a crude oil bear trap sooner or later.

Gold soaring, oil crashing changes the Gold/Oil ratio quickly so if we ignore it we can find ourselves in a crude oil bear trap and won’t have a clue that it is happening.

Oil might have another small degree, 3-4-5 wave count, to play out, but after that, a bullish oil move could surprise us.

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Review

In the last few days, the oil chart has rolled over and the debate begins what the support price is going to be. When they speak of “Support” then those analysts are still in the bull market camp.  Of course, if this is all part of a bear market rally then we might not see support until below $50.  The world glut is coming (2020) and that does not justify the oil price to keep going to the moon.

I tried to knock down my degree but started to run out of degree levels so for now, I will keep it as a 5 wave decline in Minor degree.  We could get an ugly counter-rally “B” wave in this 5th wave, so I’m sure it will supply a bullish surprise when it comes.

The Gold/Oil ratio is about 24.31 so this ratio should spread if gold keeps going up and the oil price keeps heading south.

Oil has no daily trading limits which create violent swings, so a crash that may sound insane to the majority of oil players is pretty normal from my perspective.

A large number of bullish traders use protective sell stops which are all piled up below present prices. Many of them will get triggered and next thing you know the oil price is free-falling, like an elevator that broke its cables!

I think there is more to this oil downside than just a mere correction but again the market has to confirm it.

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Crude Oil New Intraday High!

Crude oil has now charged higher since my last update and there may be more upside left to go.  Even though oil has topped $60 it would have to go above $66 to help confirm my “B” wave bottom in Minor degree.

Today the Gold oil ratio sits at 23.5  which is a bit more expensive. This ratio should keep spreading but If oil stops before $66 then a potential 4 wave rally would be still alive.

Gold is still in a bullish phase as its pushing higher as well. If $1800 is stiff resistance then $1800/23.5 would give us a $76.59 oil price.  I have a new set of 5 waves to contend with and they are diagonal wave structures so wild corrective moves can surprise us at any time.

Pipeline bottlenecks and refineries blowing up all seem to create the fundamental fear that the news just loves to hype.

The recent earthquake in Calfornia doesn’t help anybody to calm down but it didn’t take them too long to blame the earthquakes on climate change!

 

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Crude Oil Intraday Rally Review

This is the September contract and I made some small adjustments to what is a diagonal wave pattern.  With the world being fundamentally bullish and oil is pointing up, then showing you a potentially bearish scenario is hard to understand.

I expected the June rally and it started to hit resistance at $60. Even with trade wars, oil tanker attacks, tanker confiscation and a host of other fundamental reasons, crude oil can still crash.  Just because shortages can spike the oil price at any time, does not mean a whole new bull market has started.

Every time there was a war in the Mideast during the 1990s, oil would spike from a $10 low to $40 and then back down to $10.

That was a 19-year bear market with a triangle in its “B” wave of Intermediate degree. Oil is presently in an 11-year bear market and it had a huge bullish phase until 2014-2015 after which it crashed to $28.

The Gold/Ratio is sitting at 24.2 which is a bit cheaper but it seems to be stuck on repeat as this ratio hasn’t moved much.

All commodities travel as diagonals and they have been doing this since the Little Ice Age. The 1890s DJIA pattern is so choppy it took me years to understand. This all change with the Roaring 20s as other investments took over.

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Crude Oil Daily Chart Crash Review

At the $60 crude oil price level a small H&S pattern was starting to take shape. The speed of the June rally was just too fast as a near vertical spike makes this a candidate for being a bear market rally.

Diagonal 4th wave rallies can explode and come back hard and travel much higher than expected but it’s quite normal for diagonal wave structures.

This oil rally can also fit into an expanded pattern so 100% retracement could happen.

I  never try to put alternate wave counts up in the same chart but I switch back and forth until a wave count sticks longer than normal. I may have to lower my 5 waves in Minor degree down to a diagonal 5 waves in Minute degree but for now, this will do.

The Gold/Oil ratio is at 24.7 but I would like that to expand much further.

The action may be in the pipeline battles with refineries blowing up and pipelines getting old!

Have A Great July 4th America!

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Crude Oil Intraday Bullish Review

Crude oil has now traveled further than what I would like to see for a bear rally so I have to explore the bullish alternative.

I’m starting wave 1-2 in  Minute degree and the waves do look a bit short at this time. We also know that when it comes to extensions the 5th wave can perform miracles in any commodity.

A very important high would be at the $66 price level which would also produce another double top.

The Gold/Oil ratio is 24.3 which has not changed all that much.

I will keep this short for now as I have to review the daily chart as well.

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Crude Oil Intraday Rally Update

As much as I would love to remain bullish with oil, a very sharp spike is also taking place. Oil got to $57.40 this morning and there may be a little more upside still to play out.

I’m sure the rest of the planet of oil speculators wouldn’t dare short oil at this point, because they work on fundamentals which is news. News about some tanker/drone attack and the price of oil goes berserk. Does that mean that oil is in a new bull market? I doubt it, as all this has happened before back in the 1990s.

In those days they had multiple wars driving the price of oil, but in the long run oil still crashed to $10 by 1999. I love to short or sell when I have a vertical move, as they can usher in a big correction or the end of a bullish phase. If oil still charges to $60 then this would be smack dab inside my previous 2nd wave of one lesser degree.

The Gold/Ratio has changed little as it still around 24! I will be rounding down or up my Gold/Ratios. Every time I post a ratio I also enter it in a small log book and in June I went overboard as I recorded 8 Gold/Oil ratios already.

I will give the oil postings a rest unless some unexpected dramatic news comes out.

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Crude Oil Intraday Impending Golden Cross?

Most of my intraday charts are at the 90 min scales with 500 bars. I like to use the same settings all the time which helps to stabilize the charts.  At the top which I think is wave 2 in Minor degree, the death cross developed and the rest is now history.  After every death cross comes a golden cross, so it would not take much of a price rally, before oil would be back in a golden cross situation.

The trend line I have will not hold and when it breaks out then it gives me a clue that one higher degree is still in play. The $55 price level would be the first price target, but the entire rally can go much further.

Even now I can draw a bullish wedge which is also very bullish at least in the short term.

The Gold/Oil ratio has not changed all that much and is around 25.7 and hitting the ratio brick wall. Oil crashed from a ratio of 20:1 so a 25:1 ratio is not all that cheap just yet.

Hopefully, we’ll know by the end of the week if another little bullish phase is in effect.

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Crude Oil Intraday Chart Update

Crude oil hit a bottom 2 days ago and is still above $52.17 so far. What I’m expecting is a longer and higher correction which may take oil back up to the $55 price level. Two days is also not long enough for a Minor degree correction to complete which could take until mid next week.

As long as the waves are choppy and overlap then the odds are good that oil prices will not soar to the moon.

So far the decline looks diagonal and the 50-day MA could get sliced while the 200-day MA should over resistance.

With the price of gold blasting upward the gold/oil ratio changed just as fast but it’s still around 24:1. We want that ratio to spread as gold becomes cheaper during this bearish phase.

I think this oil bear party is far from over until most of the oil bulls get butchered or we see then running for the hills.

 

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Crude Oil Daily Chart Review

One thing we can trust oil to do is to go in the opposite direction when the oil bulls call for oil to go much higher.  When the oil media calls for higher oil prices, then I ask a silly question, “Who are they talking to?”  What group of smart investors or traders are still lurking in a cave somewhere that just loves to buy oil at much higher prices?

How oil has crashed so far shows us that it was the bears hiding in the forests that came out and decimated the oil bulls, at least for now!

I will not repeat all the fundamental news for you as we can have a thousand reasons put out by 1000 different blogs.

No trend lasts forever and how much they retrace down to gives us an idea if we are in a bear market rally or a true bull market.

In the chart above between the “B” wave bottom and “C” wave top in Minor degree, we want to know if it is a bear market rally or not. We are at about a 50% retracement right now, but that does little as we can also get 80% plunges.

Nothing but a complete retracement clearly visible on daily charts would have to happen, after which the early 2019 bullish rally is a bear market rally.

The most expensive Gold/Oil ratio hit about 19:1, after Fridays oil price thrashing the ratio ended at about 24:1. This was a quick jump in the ratio and we may be ready for a counter-rally in June.

Of course, we could see a very violent counter rally and it to must be a fake bullish phase if the oil bearish phase has not completed.

Oil has been in a bear market since the 2008 peak, where every counter rally since then has already been retraced. Since the July 2008, peak oil produced two major lows which would work for a normal correction but in an 11-year bear market, 3 major bottoms can also happen.

11 years sounds like a solar cycle to me, which I call a fundamental indicator that most wave analysts ignore.

Even though the overall decline needs to go much deeper there are no daily trading limits in commodities, that I know about. You can’t get a more vertical drop than what was produced on Friday so the bears could be in a short term bear trap. I closed off all short positions in Forex Oil units on Friday and even took a small long position.

The moving average lines will get pulled down until another oil death cross is formed.

 

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Crude Oil Intraday Crash Update

Crude oil gave us a short bullish move before oil reversed and plunged to a new bearish low.  Oil has completed 2 sets of zigzags and we need two more and maybe a third, which could turn into a flat.

Another $5-$6 drops would be nice and then oil would be ready for a wave 3-4 rally in Minor degree.  These diagonal waves can make spectacular moves when there are no daily trading limits.

I would love to see another small 5 waves down in Minuette degree before another potential counter rally can kill the bears and send them running back into the forest!

They’ll be back and that should coincide with my 5th wave down in Minor degree.

The Gold/Oil ratio definitely got better but at 22.8:1, it’s still not enough to jump up and down about.  I do have some WTI short positions and so far the trade is in the green.

All this can fall apart if the “B” wave in Intermediate degree is too far off base. It may take until November/December before this, “Run of Five” gets completed.

When the “B” wave disappears on this 90 min chart then the wave 2 in Minor degree will be the main position I’ll be counting from.

The problem is that any “E” wave bottom in Primary degree could be below the $26 price level which is about $30 away from today’s price low. For that to come true some serious extensions would have to help it otherwise oil could come to a grinding halt much earlier.

During this 90 min chart, we had a golden cross and then right back into a death cross. With the daily chart, it will not take long for the 50-day MA to slice through the 200-day MA.

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Crude Oil Crash Intraday Update

This is the December 2019 contract.  During May the counter rally had many analysts forecasting the return of the bull but instead the oil bears came out out and decided to shred oil bulls which produced about a $6 price crash.

Since the April top I believe a diagonal decline is a high possability and started the count to help confirm it.

I have 2 zigzags in a row so that rules out any flat at this time, but it also means crude oil can come back and dip well into the previous wave 2 of the same degree. This would be close to the $62 price level and must not exceed above May 2019 highs. ($63.25)

The big test is yet to come so we have to see if any rally continues to be choppy or even go sideways for the rest of the month.

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Crude Oil

It’s now obvious that crude oil has started to back off or decline.  What shape this decline is going to be is unknown but a bullish correction can retrace by about 60% of the entire bullish move. Many times we can just eyeball it to give us a quick look which looks like it could be at about the $53-$55 price level.

We do have a little spike forming already but crude oil will have to produce a much bigger spike before I’m convinced that crude oil is going to soar to the moon.

Crude oil is the commodity that is destroying the world yet it supplies about 80 percent of all the food we eat at our dinner tables. The war on fossil fuels seems to have picked up lately as some countries are on the verge of declaring a “Climate Change Emergency”.

I’m sure declaring any “Climate Change Emergency” in your local area will keep the tourist away for a long time. That’s just like yelling “Shark” at the beach during spring break! I guess the countries that are yelling, “Climate Change Emergency”, have never watched “Jaws”!

For now, the commercial hedgers do not paint a bullish scenario as they are still net short by a large amount. Until I see some of these numbers reverse I have to keep looking for a bearish wave count.

The Gold/Oil ratio improved lately but at 21:1 crude oil is far from being cheap, so wild fluctuations can keep any oil bears on his toes.

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Crude Oil Weekly Chart Impending Correction Review?

This is the June 2019 contract where oil has just crossed the 50-day MA line which should give us some resistance. Crude oil shows a golden cross has formed in 2018, but it happened about 26 months after the 2016 bottom.

Crude oil would have to keep soaring to avoid a death cross from forming. Crude oil would have to crash well below $51  for the 50-day MA to cross the 200-day MA again. The $51 price level is also very close to a 60% correction so anything can still happen.

Commercial hedgers do not support the bullish herd, so its just a matter of time before oil will show us a correction or a crash that can take oil down to the previous support at the $45-$44 price level.

A complete retracement of the 2019 oil rally, would confirm that the 2019 move was just a bear rally. I’m looking at oil from a triangle perspective but could abandon that idea if a huge spike to the downside were to develop.

I track the gold/oil ratio and might make 3-4 calculations every month while in April I made about 6 calculations. All of April the Gold/Oil ratio averaged between 19-20:1 which is the most expensive readings I show since November 2018, about 6 months ago.

The 20:1 ratio seems to be a Gold/Oil ratio price brick wall which should start to spread again, once oil decides that this run has gone far enough.

The global warming alarmists should be jumping for joy that we have high gas prices at the pumps. Right?  Well, it’s not rocketed science folks but talking to local retail gas station staff, the feedback is people are not happy campers when in BC we could have one of the highest pump prices in the world.

The blame game continues as our fearless Prime Minister is blaming high gas prices on our BC government!

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Crude Oil Intraday Triple Top!

For the last 3-4 days, WTI crude oil ran into the $64.70 price level about 4 times since the December 2018 bottom. The entire 2019 bullish phase has been choppy and seems to have a slight  “Wedge” shape to it.

Crude oil could still turn into a triangle and we would be heading down to an “E” wave if that was the case.  $63.20 could be a bullish support price level but if the bigger bearish picture is true then $63.20 would just offer temporary support.  One day crude oil can soar and then the next day oil can drop like a rock.  Crude oil has been moving to the point where the analysts are having a tough time trying to figure out the real trend.

Just because some asset class is going up does not mean it automatically is in a new bull market.  Big bear market rallies can do exactly that but to confirm this, crude oil would have to crash well below the $44 price level.  We could have a long wait before that happens.

There are no daily limits on crude oil moves, so when it starts to act bearish it can move with stunning speed and price distance traveled.

The 2008 crash is a prime example of how fast prices can move.

 

The commercials are still net short by a wide margin which tells me the commercial hedgers have a bearish outlook which makes chasing a big bullish wave count a futile endeavor at this stage of the game.

The Crude/Oil ratio sits a bit above 20:1  which it has done only twice in 2019 and all in April.  I call this “Hitting a Gold/Oil price ratio brick wall”. At a 17:1 ratio,  oil has had no problem in crashing in the past but the ratio could still get worse in the short term.

Canada is a prime example of how the “War” on oil is being executed by forcing the “Carbon” tax onto the provinces that don’t want it. Here in BC, we had a big price jump at the pumps which will drive people across the border to get cheap US gas. My friends that drive to work are not happy campers and I’m sure higher gas taxes at the pumps does not increase the demand.

80%  of the world runs on fossil fuels just to keep the lights on, its more like keeping the Internet up and running. 5G and Bitcoin mining requires huge amounts of electricity that solar power can never supply.

 

 

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Crude Oil Monthly Chart Death Cross Review

Crude oil follows the Idealized diagonal wave patterns which are mostly zigzags connected together and count out with a 7 wave count.

To put it bluntly diagonals can count out with, A,B,C,D,E, or  (ABC1,ABC2,ABC3,ABC4,ABC5) and or W,X,Y,X,Z.  They are all the same patterns and the only difference is where they are found.  Waves 1,3 and 5 can be zigzags and wave 2 and wave 4 can be flats, triangles or complex zigzags.

The history of oil only started in the 1840s. From 1980 to 1999 there was a Triangle inside a “B” wave, followed by a bull market where I now only see 7 waves. All other expert wave analysts saw 5 waves but the 5th wave was far too small so they forced a Primary degree 5th wave into the pattern.

Forcing a wave count will never work, and believe me I tried as well as I got sucked into believing that 1999 was a Cycle degree 4th wave low!

Many good contrarians saw the 2008 oil crash coming and never believed in the “Peak Oil” bullshit. Obviously, history has confirmed the Peak Oil BS, and about 8 months later crude oil was in another world glut!

The Gold/Oil ratio in 2008 was 9:1 and oil only had one option and that was to crash. By early 2009 this ratio stood at about 25:1. Oil rallied from a real-world glut as the experts were looking for lower and lower oil prices. Expert fundamental analysts missed most of the major important turnings. By the time the Gold/Oil ratio hit 17:1 it started another deep crash, but this time the rato hit 44:1.  Today we are sitting at 23.58:1.  I would like to see a much deeper ratio like 30:1 before I turn super bullish again.

Besides the Gold/Oil ratio numbers the commercial traders are not very bullish as well. With the monthly chart above, crude oil is still under a death cross, including the weekly and daily charts. That alone should give pause to oil investors or traders.

This morning crude oil had a bit of a meltdown, which gives a bearish outlook a lot more credibility.

The world economies are slowing and oil demand may slow right along with it.

80% of the world still runs on fossil fuels and if we jumped, or are forced off its addiction, the world could not feed or heat itself. Don’t think electric cars will save the world as one huge solar flare can knock them out very quickly.

 

 

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April Crude Oil Daily Chart Review

If I was a conventional wave analyst like the majority I would turn this into a bullish wave count with little effort. Easy wave counting is for suckers that have nothing better to do but count every little micro mini wave structure which we need an electron scanning microscope to see. Most all my wave counts that I’m after are three-degree levels below Cycle degree and three-degree levels above Cycle degree. Besides that “All” commodities run with idealized diagonal patterns that few wave analysts use.

The bull market from 1999 to the 2008 peak is a prime example of how forcing a 3 wave bull market into a 5 wave bull market can keep us chasing our tails for decades.  Any crude oil wave counts only started in 1850 which is close to the Grand Supercycle degree wave 1-2. Before 1850 the world ran on whale oil until they were hunted to extinction. The majority do not realize that without this energy source our present world could have never been built.

In a few years time, you will never even see these intraday waves and we will never know if an expanded pattern actually happened. Besides that, all the Miniscule wave counting is worthless if we can’t see a big crash or big bull market coming.  They say you can’t time the markets and to some extent they are right, but any investment is only as good as it’s timing.  The 2016 low was another prime example as analysts were forecasting that lower oil prices were still to come. Yet crude oil bottomed at about the $28 price level and then started to soar. Next thing we know investors started to jump on the oil bandwagon as $100 oil forecasts started to become popular again.

I use the gold ratio frequently which gives strong hints when some asset class is too expensive or is to cheap when compared to the cash price of gold. The cheap ratio in 2016 hit 44:1 which is the most extreme ratio that I have ever recorded. I was bullish before oil hit a bottom until this ratio started to shift again. The magic expensive ratio number in the past hit 17:1 twice and oil turned and crashed each time. Today, and since January 2019, this ratio has been averaging just below 24:1. This April contract is sitting at 23.81:1 and for 2019 seems to be hitting the 24:1 Gold/Oil ratio brick wall.

As I post, oil is still heading higher just above the Fibonacci $55 price level and at the very least we should get a strong correction.  Oil is still under the sign of the Death Cross but found support at the 50-day MA for now. All it takes is some fake fundamental news to get published and all these bullish traders can turn into instant bears. The world is changing folks, where false news or propaganda and Artificial Intelligence (AI) brainwashing is becoming normal. What the movie “1984” showed us would be a Sunday picnic compared to what is already happening.

 

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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.

China-Turns-Its-Back-On-US-Oil

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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