Talk about rejection! Oil destined for $42.00

FX:USOIL   Crude Oil (WTI)
Talk about rejection! Today we saw some crazy dollar strength. As of 3pm, the dollar had made a 100% retracement or 214 bps             round-trip from this morning's ECI drop. The market gave a clear signal that it believes - or rather, more likely, wants, a Fed rate hike. That's all that matters, folks. Oil             is heading lower.

What's more, the technicals strongly support the move. This week we saw a two day counter-trend rally move oil             up 6%. With today's price action, we have a firm rejection of the counter-trend rally, which means the downtrend is still intact and the move lower can proceed. Today, we also saw the futures break below the lows set prior to the counter-trend rally, a level that also corresponded with the 76.4% fib retracement of March's rally to 2015 highs.

100% is the next fib retracement level at 42.00, which falls within range of a fib extension zone b/w 41.55 and 43.25. The pace of the current downtrend from late June predicts 42.00 within 13 days.

Keeping in mind the absolute and relative low levels of oil             volatility (versus other asset classes) could cause that move to come much faster. A long vol             , bearish options strategy might be a useful way to play the move. Next week I plan to take some profits in my 45 puts and roll into shorting the futures directly.

Also, keep the Mexican Peso on your watch list. My macro thoughts are OIL             --> CAD --> MXN.
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