Oil Continues to Slip Lower - Low 40's Coming?

FX:USOIL   CFDs on Crude Oil (WTI)
Many times in the past, I’m asked how/where you begin counting Elliott Waves . There are 3 patterns I look for: 1) 5-3 combo, 2) Equal Wave Patterns, 3) Triangle patterns.

This morning, a triangle came to light that unlocked some wave relationships that are causing me to change my tune on Oil . (For those who attended the US Opening Bell webinar this morning, I was bullish Oil . In light of seeing this triangle below, I am changing my tune to bearish .)

When I changed the time frame of chart, the triangle in late April was exposed. When drawing the 2-4 trend channel based on blue ‘iv’ triangle in late April, it created an incredibly clean trend channel (red channel). These trend channels are useful for determining ending points for the fifth waves, in this case blue ‘v’.

This is important for a couple of reasons. First, notice how prices couldn’t penetrate the mid-line on May 6 (the dotted red line). This is quite bearish . The opposing end of the trend channel is the typical stopping point, yet in this case it couldn’t get half way there!

Secondly, this upward push could be the end of circle ‘iv’. Fourth waves typically retrace about 38% of its third wave. In this case, the 38% retracement level was at 63.50 and prices came very close to this level.

Therefore, with a very bearish ending wave to the upward push that exhausted near an important fib level, we elevate the bearish counts in the green notes. Both counts in the green box call for a move below 45.

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That looks like a mega falling wedge with divergence.
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Hi man, agree with w4 count but slightly disagree with w5 down count
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aibek aibek
the one is leading diagonal
Nice chart - I was kicking something similar to your image around. I was concerned about the circle iii as being the shortest of i,iii, and v. The result sends us to the same place with more subdivisions to go lower.

Do you follow USDCAD? Do you have a count for it? Thanks.
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aibek JWagnerFXTrader
Hi J! (Tell me you first name pls)
You are right, I made recount and checked with EW website, they count different with both you and me here is the link http://www.elliottwave.com/images/freeupdates/image/mw%2007-05-2015oil.png
I am not following USDCAD at all, can't share the count though but you are right I should as it can give some clear clues, thanks for this hint.
You comparative chart of oil vs cad convinced me to follow the fx cross either.
UPDATE: some wave clusters near 54 - may be a reactionary zone to sell

That lines up with the USDCAD chart which suggests support near 1.2600 (original post linked in above...updated picture below)

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Where does your count become invalidated? Where do you stop out a short position on the way up? More particularly, how do you have a tiny wave (ii) and a giant wave (iv)?
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Tim, those are excellent questions. I appreciate you sending them through.

Where does the count become invalidated?

The count shown on the chart is scenario #1. In the notes of scenario #1 (green note box) you’ll see that the May 8 low of 58.11 should not be broken for it to remain valid. I admit, I could have instilled more clarity on that comment in the chart.

Where do you put a stop out on a short position on the way up? Since 58.11 is the invalidation point, 1 pt. above there 58.12.

How do you have a tiny (ii) and giant wave (iv)?

This is certainly the most concerning about the #1 scenario, but the near term implications are still the same. The wave down from July 2014 is an extended 3rd wave. I’m still showing this 4th wave is still a part of the extended 3rd wave. We could slide waves 1-2 to the left and have them cover Sept 2013 (1) to June 2014 (2). (see image below)

Regardless of whether waves 1-2 are placed in Sept 2014 or Sept ’13-June ‘14, the down trend still counts as incomplete. That makes the near term implications for a sell-off under scenario #1 or #2 still the elevated possibility in the green notes.

Tim, thanks again for the questions. Best of luck in your trading!
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TradingEW timwest
On question: how do you have a tiny wave (ii) and a giant wave (iv)?
Isn't it a basic EW guideline of Alternation that 2nd waves and 4th waves alternate in duration, complexity and price range (size) ?
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Indeed - thank you for sharing.
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