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WTI Not Exactly Trending
How long can WTI chop around for? Usually this type of pattern is resolved by a resumption of the trend, in this case to new highs, but if it is in a B wave or X wave down that is correcting the move up from 32.50 to 82.00, choppy abc's with overlaps might be expected. So quite a while is the answer.
In the meantime "c" = "a " at 75.06.
From my last post Dec 28, " Before we get into next year, short term the WTI has a good deal of upside risk to between $48 and $54, with $51.50 being my favorite cluster of resistance/ and a measured target for a 4th wave." Hourly click to enlarge As can be seen, WTI is in the high side of that range and evidencing some recent weakness. It does have a "look" that could produce a higher high at the top end of the range there, or even somewhat higher. However the greater risk, short and medium term is to the downside from here. It may turn out that a "b" wave chop down is in the cards with a subsequent "c" wave up, but that kind of move can be deep and retest the lows . See above Fib retracements, particularly the .618 and .78 Longer Term Risk For Bulls AND Bears The Decline click to enlarge While the labeling of the subwaves above can be argued, including whether the wave down is completed yet or not, the $
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WTI has a long history of affinity for Fibonacci retracement levels. It just touched the .618 retrace of this years move down. 1 yr. chart click to enlarge There is also the little issue of seasonality. click to enlarge And Hedge Funds have been piling in over the last 3 weeks. John Kemp of Reuters reports they are net long an additional 112 mml bbl wti= Brent on both Nymex and ICE. So on the downside taking out the Fib .618 retrace of the move up and break out to the upside around 51.15 will help sharpen things up. The risk of trading futures and options can be substantial. Trading foreign exchange and energy derivatives carry a high degree of risk, and may not be suitable for all investors. The above is merely an abstract theoretical discussion mostly for my own entertainment, not trading advice or a recommendation.