December RBOB Futures Update

December RBOB futures met confluent support at $2.0776, and prices have subsequently settled into a coil formation that should break lower. However, a KasePO PeakOut (green P), indicates the move down is oversold and due for a correction. A directional break out of the coil will help to clarify the near term direction. Upon a break lower, look for $2.041 and then $1.915. Should the upward correction extend, watch for resistance at $2.240 and $2.368. The latter is expected to hold.

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This is the first of a four part series on Kase Wave Analysis. In this video Kase’s senior analyst, Dean Rogers, explains how to identify and pick waves. Upon completion of this session, you will be able to assemble a list of the most important waves for analysis.

Identify proper swing highs and lows
Recognize the X, Y, and Z points of a wave
Identify valid, invalid, and irregular waves
Demonstrate the appropriate point at which to drop to shorter bar lengths
Produce a list of all of the appropriate up and down waves


The symmetrical triangle is a classic geometric pattern used by technical analysts to determine market direction, and right now, AAPL has formed a textbook example. Symmetrical triangles, or coils, show the narrowing boundaries of a trading range very clearly, and form during period of uncertainty. These patterns generally break in the direction of the dominant trend, which in the case of APPL, is bullish. However, these patterns are not as reliable as other continuation patterns like flags, pennants, and wedges. According to Thomas Bulkowski, the overall performance rank for a break higher out of a coil is 16 out of 23 bullish patterns and for down breakouts is 15 out of 21 bearish patterns ( The pattern can also be used to identify targets by adding and subtracting the maximum width of the pattern from the apex. The symmetrical triangle, its apex, and its targets are shown in the chart below.

Psychologically, the symmetrical triangle means a few things for AAPL right now. Traders are uncertain about the near term future of AAPL’s stock price. The dominant trend is bullish, and there is little technical evidence that the move up is going to end. However, several factors (whether fundamental or technical) have led to this indecision. Therefore, some participants are poised for a deeper correction first. The break one way or the other will come soon because AAPL is quickly nearing the apex of the symmetrical triangle.

From a trading and analysis standpoint, the symmetrical triangle is small gift from the trading gods. The symmetrical triangle indicates odds favor a break higher, but again, these are not the most reliable continuation patterns. The important thing is that the breakout levels are known, and once one of those thresholds is broken, a long or short position may be established upon confirming ‘buy’ or ‘sell’ signals. These signals could come from many different methods and technical indicators. The chart above shows the Kase Easy Entry System (KEES), which is part of the Kase StatWare indicator package.

KEES examines multiple momentum indicator crossover permissions, a longer bar length filter, bar structure, and swings. It then distills all of this information down into very simple color-coded dots (red and pink for short, blue and cyan for long) and potential entry points that are marked by an L (for long) or an S (for short). Essentially, once AAPL breaks out of the formation, a trade may be taken upon a confirming L on a break higher, or S on a break lower.

It is important to note that there have been multiple L and S signals throughout the formation of the symmetrical triangle. One may have taken these signals, but essentially would have been whipsawed on several occasions. Alternatively, one could drop into an intraday chart, and trade the swings. That is perfectly acceptable. However, the third alternative, and the one described above, is to sit back and wait for the break higher or lower out of the symmetrical triangle. In this case, the trade entry point might not be quite as optimal, but the money saved on the whipsaws alone will be worth the wait. In addition, once the formation breaks out of its boundaries there are very clear targets at $108.76 and $92.45. These levels can be used as profit targets, or to calculate risk/reward ratios. They are also confirmed by other technical factors like wave projections and retracements, but that is a conversation for another blog post, on another day.

In summary, within the next week or so, AAPL will break either higher or lower out of this very classic symmetrical triangle formation. Odds favor a break higher and for AAPL to rise to the $108.76 target, but as stated, these are not always the most reliable patterns. Therefore, the most important aspect, is that the boundaries of the range are known, and once the pattern does break higher or lower, a tradable direction will be established for the near-term.

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GM’s decline from $41.85 may be corrective longer term, but the recent $31.67 swing low fulfilled the 0.618 projection for Wave A, $41.85 – 31.7 – 38.15. This indicates the decline should continue because most waves that meet the 0.618 projection extend to at least the 1.00 projection, in this case, $28.0. This is near the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $18.72 to $41.85 at $27.56. These two factors, along with other sub-wave projections for the decline from $38.15, form a confluence point at $27.8. This is key target for the near-term and will likely be tested within the next few weeks. It is also a decision point for the longer-term. The confluence at $27.8 indicates it is a potential stalling point, but a weekly close below $27.8 would open the way for longer-term bearish objectives of $26.7, $24.0, and $21.8.

That said, a small double bottom may have formed at $31.67. This is a crucial area that has held so far, but October 7’s gap lower indicates $31.67 will not likely hold for much longer. Look for resistance at $34.2. The key level is $35.3. This is the 38 percent retracement from $41.85 to $31.67, and is in line with the 35.14 swing high. A close over this would call for an extended correction and attempt to confirm the double bottom with a close over $38.15. Confirming the double top would shift the long-term outlook to bullish and call for $44.6 and higher.

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