by Editorial Staff
Updated: July 14, 2016
March 31, 2014 was no time to issue a bearish forecast for crude oil -- or so it appeared.
But that's exactly the scenario Bob Prechter's Elliott Wave Theorist showed subscribers.
In 2013, crude had broken above $100 per barrel. It stayed mostly above that price for several months into 2014. Conventional wisdom was bullish on crude oil.
Yet on March 31, 2014, Prechter showed his subscribers how the bullish sentiment was actually a strongly contrary indicator. The Daily Sentiment Index then stood at 91% bulls -- the most extreme bullish reading in the history of the indicator.
And, more importantly, Theorist charts showed subscribers why the bull run was near an end. The trend should turn soon.
"Markets cannot stand such a high level of optimism among commodity investors for long. Whatever happens to oil prices in coming weeks," said Prechter. "The outlook is for much lower prices."
Indeed -- just as Prechter said -- extreme optimism for crude oil did not stand for long.
The turn came less than three months later, in mid-June 2014. It wasn't just that crude stopped going up; it crashed.
Through January 2016, the price for a barrel of crude fell 70%.
All that said, here's what the chart below makes clear: The 2014 forecast was just one of many huge moves in crude in the past 10-plus years. See for yourself how Elliott Wave Theorist subscribers were ready.
Bob Prechter has a decades-long habit of defying expectations and forecasting major turning points. And the same approach that alerted subscribers to the turns in these markets is equally clear about the next big moves in their respective trends.