WTI Crude Oil
August WTI crude oil overcame yesterday’s intra-day double top and met this week’s initial $70.9 target. In addition, today’s settle above a key retracement of the decline from $72.7 indicates the move up is unfolding as a five-waves and that the $72.7 swing high will probably be tested before the end of the week. Even so, there are some factors that suggest the five-wave move might stall early tomorrow.
Today’s settle above the 62 percent of the decline from $72.7 and the larger than (1.618) projection of the wave $63.4 – 66.35 – 64.34 confirm the move up from $63.4 is a five-wave trend.
The chart shows that Wave V is already well underway and may have already met a stalling point at $70.91. This is because when a five-wave pattern forms at least two of the three impulse waves (I, III, V) should be equal. Currently, at $70.91, Waves I and V are equal, thus the possibility the move up will stall and begin to pullback early tomorrow. However, even though intra-day momentum is overbought, there are no confirmed reversal patterns that definitively state this will be the case. Therefore, near-term odds favor a continued rise.
With all factors considered, even if a small pullback to test today’s $69.4 midpoint takes place first, support will likely hold and the move up should then extend to $72.7. This is the highest that Wave I projects and the equal to (1.00) target of Wave III. Therefore, at $72.7 the move up would form a very classic looking five-wave pattern that would then be poised for a significant three-wave correction.
Regarding near-term support, $69.4 should hold, though the key level for tomorrow is today’s $68.21 open. Settling below this before $72.7 is met would be a strong indication that the five-wave pattern has ended and that another attempt at $67.3 and lower will ensue.
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