Crude Oil Short-Term Forecast – February 7, 2018

Outlook for WTI

WTI crude oil’s decline wiped out yesterday’s bullish morning star setup and fulfilled the $61.5 larger than (1.618) target of the wave $66.66 – 63.67 – 66.3. If the move down from $66.66 proves to be a three-wave correction the $61.25 swing low should hold. However, as of this afternoon, there is no definitive evidence this will be the case (though an upward correction might take place first as discussed below).

Odds favor a continued decline and a close below $61.2 will open the way for $60.8, $60.2, and $59.3. The next major objective is $58.0, the trend terminus and XC (2.764) projection of the aforementioned wave down from $66.66.

March WTI Crude Oil - Daily
March WTI Crude Oil – Daily

That said, there is a reasonable chance the move down from $66.66 will transmute into a five-wave formation that just completed Wave III at $61.25. If this is the case, then an upward correction to form Wave IV should take place first. Today’s $62.9 midpoint is expected to hold, but the key level is today’s $63.9 open. A close over this would be an early indication that the corrective move down may be complete.

Outlook for Brent

Brent crude oil fulfilled the $65.2 larger than (1.618) target of the wave $70.78 – 67.81 – 70.02 when prices fell to $65.16 today. This is a potential stalling point, but there is no definitive technical evidence that indicates the move down will stall.

If the move down from $70.78 is a three-wave correction of the larger scale move up, then $65.16 should hold. However, this is doubtful because Brent has settled below the $65.6 smaller than (0.618) target of the sub-wave $70.02 – 66.53 – 67.72. This means that this wave should extend to at least its $64.2 equal to target. A close below $64.9 would open the way for $64.2, which then connects to $63.0 and $62.0. The $62.0 target is the next major objective because it is the trend terminus and XC (2.764) projection of the wave down from $70.78 and the larger than target of the wave down from $70.02.

With all of that said, there is a chance the wave down from $70.78 is Wave I of a five-wave pattern that completed Wave III at $65.16. In this case, an upward correction to form Wave IV should take place first. Today’s $66.4 midpoint is expected to hold upon such a correction. Key resistance is today’s $67.2 open.

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WTI Crude Oil Forecast

March WTI crude oil confirmed bearish daily KasePO and KaseCD weak divergences. A weak divergence is one that forms when the confirming bar closes in the opposite direction of the signal, in this case, up. Weak divergences generally do not follow through as well as normal divergences but do warrant caution. In addition, yesterday’s midpoint held, leaving the daily dark cloud cover reversal pattern intact.

Tomorrow odds favor a continued decline to at least $63.2. This is the smaller than (0.618) target of the wave $64.83 – 63.25 – 64.14 and connects to $62.5 as the equal to (1.00) target. Settling below $62.5 would open the way for a larger pullback to $62.0 and even $61.6, the intermediate (1.382) and larger than (1.618) targets for the wave down from $64.83.

WTI Crude Oil Daily Chart
WTI Crude Oil Daily Chart

Should prices rise a bit higher first, look for $64.4 resistance to hold. A move above this would call for a new high of $65.1, a highly confluent and key threshold that connects to $66.3 and higher.

Natural Gas Forecast

February natural gas a crucial target at $3.29 when it rose to $3.288 today. This is an extremely important area for natural gas because $3.29 is in line with the equal to (1.00) projection of the wave $2.562 – 3.097 – 2.746, the 62 percent retracement of the decline from $3.772, and the 200-day moving average. A sustained close above $3.29 would confirm the market’s bullish sentiment, opening the way for a larger scale move up to $3.49 and possibly higher over the next few weeks.

That said, given the importance of $3.29 caution is warranted. This is a potential area in which the move up could stall and another sizable correction take place. In addition, the KaseCD, MACD, and Slow Stochastic are set up for bearish daily divergence.

Natural Gas Daily Chart
Natural Gas Daily Chart

If prices are going to overcome $3.29 this week $3.18 should hold. Key support for the next few days is $3.13, today’s open and the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $3.039. A close below this would not doom the move up but would open the way for a more substantial correction to challenge support at $3.08 and even $3.01.

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The long-term outlook for WTI crude oil remains bullish and any move down will most likely be corrective. However, the move up has reached an area of significant resistance between $57.2 and $60.0 for the December contract. Many of the largest waves up from this summer’s $43.08 swing low project to targets within this range. There are no factors that indicate the move up will end, but the confluence of resistance within this range, overbought daily and weekly momentum, and the formation of a daily bearish Harami line and star indicate a corrective pullback should take place as early as tomorrow.

WTI Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks and Wave Projections
WTI Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks and Wave Projections

The late move below the $56.89 swing low opens the way for at least $56.6. This is the Harami line and star’s completion point and equal to (1.00) target of the wave $57.69 – 56.89 – 57.44. A move below this would call for $56.1, the star’s confirmation point and the larger than (1.618) target of the wave down from $57.69. For now, $56.1 will probably hold, but settling below this would shift odds in favor of a larger downward correction to $55.2 and possibly $54.7 before the move up continues toward $60.0.

For today’s small move down to continue the $57.44 swing high must hold. A move above this would take out the wave down from $57.69 that projects to $56.6 and lower. This would also call for a test of $58.1. A close above $58.1 would put near-term odds back in favor of $58.5 and $59.0. Both are important projections for the waves up from $46.59 and $43.08, respectively.

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December WTI crude oil had a legitimate chance for the corrective move down from $54.46 to extend today after setting up a daily evening star and intraday head and shoulders formation. However, support held, and prices rose at the end of the day, settling above the key $54.2 target and opening the way for $55.0 and higher tomorrow.

The next major confluence point is $56.0, the equal to (1.00) target of the wave $46.59 – 53.11 – 49.44, and the larger than (1.618) target of the wave $49.44 – 52.65 – 50.87. Small pullbacks will likely take place before $56.0 is met. Once this objective is overcome look for $56.4 and likely $57.2, the intermediate (1.382) target of the wave $43.08 – 50.72 – 46.59.

WTI Crude Oil
WTI Crude Oil

Resistance at $54.2 has now become support that will likely hold tomorrow. A move below this would call for $53.8 and possibly $53.4, last Friday’s midpoint. Settling below $53.4 is unlikely over the next few days but would indicate a larger correction is underway before the move up continues to $56.0 and possibly higher.

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WTI crude oil met support at $51.3 before stalling at $51.21. The move down has been choppy and forms a bullish wedge on the $0.35 Kase Bar chart. The move up from $51.21 was aggressive and is poised to break higher out of the wedge and challenge key resistance at $52.5 again tomorrow. A close above this would open the way for $53.0, $53.5, and ultimately $54.2, the next major objective.

WTI Crude Oil $0.35 Kase Bars
WTI Crude Oil $0.35 Kase Bars

That said, prices pulled back a bit this afternoon, therefore a test of $51.4 might take place first, but support is expected to hold. A move below $51.4 before $52.5 is met would call for $51.1 and possibly $50.3. The near-term outlook becomes negative again upon a close below $50.3, the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $49.1 and the 1.618 projection of the wave $52.37 – 51.21 – 52.17.

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Many near-term factors are positive for WTI crude oil. Tuesday’s move up confirmed a daily morning star, today’s move settled above the $51.22 swing high, and last week’s $50.5 midpoint has been overcome. These factors call for the move up to continue, but caution is warranted.

WTI met and held the exact 62 percent retracement of the decline from $58.26 to $49.1 when it rose to $51.42 today. This crucial level held again when prices rose to $51.37 ahead of the close.

WTI Crude Oil Kase Bars
WTI Crude Oil $0.35 Kase Bars

Therefore, prices will probably test support at $50.6 before challenging $51.4 again. Key support is $50.1, Tuesday’s midpoint and the 62 percent retracement of the rise from $49.1 to $51.42. A close below this would indicate the move up has failed and that the near-term has readopted a negative outlook.

Should prices settle above $51.4, look for a $52.1 and more likely $52.5 to be met before the end of the week.

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November WTI crude oil met the 62 percent retracement of November’s decline from the 2017 $58.37 swing high to $42.8 at $52.42 when it rose to $52.43 early this morning. This is major resistance because it is also a confluent wave projection. Settling above $52.6, the upper end of the confluence range around $52.42, would be bullish for the long-term.

Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks
Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks

For now, the long-term outlook remains positive. However, normally, when such an important target is met a significant correction will take place before that objective is overcome on a sustained closing basis. Today’s pullback from $52.42 formed a bearish Harami line and star, which is a reversal pattern. These patterns are not highly reliable, but the overbought daily Stochastic, RSI and nearly overbought KasePO indicate a pullback should take place soon.

This afternoon’s move up after the API Petroleum Inventories report was released indicates $52.6 might be tested early tomorrow. However, we expect this level to hold and for the downward correction to extend to at least $51.4 tomorrow, which is in line with Monday’s $51.45 midpoint. A close below this would open the way for $51.0 and possibly lower.

At this point, even a normal correction of the move up from the $46.14 swing low could drop prices to $50.0 should the corrective pullback extend as expected.

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WTI crude oil has formed strong resistance between $50.82 and $50.88. This level has been challenged three times over the past few days and held. One might argue that this is a triple top. However, the decline from $50.88 has been extremely shallow and choppy indicating it is most likely corrective.

This afternoon’s move up from the $49.73 swing low calls for another attempt at $50.9 early tomorrow. A move above this would call for $51.3, a confluent wave projection that sits just above the 200-day moving average. The confluence and importance of $51.3 make it another potential stalling point. A close over $51.3 would call for $51.7 and $52.5.

Crude Oil Daily Wave Projections
Crude Oil Daily Wave Projections

That said, the daily Stochastic is overbought and the move up seems to be exhausted. Should prices fall below $49.6 before rising above $50.9, look for an extended correction to $48.9 and possibly lower before the move up continues to $51.3.

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WTI crude oil still looks weaker than Brent and products after forming a star today and settling below Friday’s $48.28 midpoint. However, prices are poised to break higher out of a bullish ascending triangle and should meet the smaller than (0.618) target of the wave $47.0 – 48.44 – 47.84 at $48.7. A close above this would clear the way for the equal to (1.00) target at $49.3. This is an important objective because it is also in line with the smaller than target of the wave $45.58 – 49.42 – 47.0.

October 2017 WTI Crude Oil Kase Bar Chart
October 2017 WTI Crude Oil Kase Bar Chart

There is an outside chance the formation that makes up the ascending wedge is alternatively a double top at $48.44. To confirm the pattern prices would have to hold $48.44 and settle below the $47.84 swing low. This would then call for a test of the double top’s $47.2 target. Settling below $47.2 would call for the decline to extend to $46.8 and $46.4. The $46.4 level is most important because it is the smaller than target of the larger scale wave $50.51 – 45.58 – 49.42.

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October WTI crude oil could not settle above $49.2 resistance and is exhibiting signs of exhaustion. A pullback should take place soon, but at this point, there are no definitive technical factors that indicate the move up will stall before reaching $49.6 and possibly $50.0. A close over $50.0 would open the way for another test of $50.5, which then connects to $51.1 and higher.

Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks
Crude Oil Daily Candlesticks

Initial support is $48.6. A close below this would call for a larger downward correction to $48.0 and $47.4. Support at $48.0 is the 100-day moving average and the 38 percent retracement of the move up from $45.58. A normal correction should hold $48.0. Support at $47.4 is in line with the 50-day moving average and the 62 percent retracement of the move up from $45.58. Settling below $47.4 would be a strong indication the move up is over.

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