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Why Oil Prices Fell -- Stockpiles or Price Pattern?

You be the judge...

by Nico Isaac
Updated: August 16, 2018

Let's cut right to the chart below. The shaded triangle highlights the dramatic price action in crude oil prices on August 15, when crude plummeted 3% to its lowest level in over nine weeks.

Crude Oil Image 3

Now, according to the mainstream experts, the number one catalyst for crude's collapse was a shockingly bearish same-day Energy Information Administration (EIA) weekly inventory report, marked with the orange arrow in the bottom right of the chart.

What made the report so bearish was the fact that analysts forecast a 2.5 million decrease in oil stockpiles in the week ending August 10, while the EIA data showed a 6.8 million-barrel increase! Wrote one August 15 news source: "Crude Oil Prices Slammed by Surprise U.S. Inventories Build." (Seeking Alpha)

It's a perfect fit -- in the popular, news-moves-markets model, that is. The market was expecting one thing and got the complete opposite. Cue brutal selloff.

The problem with that model, however, is that it does investors and traders no favors. At best, it offers convenient explanations for price moves -- after they've already occurred.

Let's go back to the chart and consider the other arrow, the blue one labeled EWP, for the Elliott Wave Principle.

On August 14 -- one day before the bearish EIA report was released -- our Energy Pro Service identified a bearish Elliott wave setup on crude oil's price chart. There, Energy Pro Service editor Steve Craig outlined the most probable course for crude oil in the days ahead:

"Crude should be in the final leg of a countertrend advance, be it wave ii, or the larger-degree wave ((ii)). Resistance above the 68.37 intraday high is around 68.48 and then 69.11. On the downside, trade below 67.38 would offer an aggressive hint that a downward reversal is underway... the key point is that the larger trend is down."

Crude Oil Image 1

What happened next?

The chart below sums it up best: Crude oil finished its wave ii and hit the skids in the 3% selloff on August 15.

Crude Oil Image 2

Elliott wave analysis posits that the main driver of market trends is investor psychology, which unfolds as Elliott wave patterns directly on price charts.

These patterns are measurable and predictable, so they enable Elliotticians to anticipate future price moves -- before they arise.


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Riddle me this: The news is bullish, but oil and ETFs FALL.

Or, oil inventories are reported full, and prices RALLY.

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