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Energy Heats Up

Crude Oil struck an intraday low on December 13th of 2023, the same day as Fed Chair Powell’s notable press conference. This concluded a decline from approximately $95 (at the end of the 3rd quarter) to under $68 (near the end of the 4th quarter). After that Fed meeting and press conference the market priced in as many as five ¼ point Fed Funds interest rate cuts in 2024-25. This optimism has waned as crude oil began building a range-bound structure that appears to be an Accumulation base. Now this Accumulation appears nearly complete.

Crude Oil, Continuous Contract. PnF Swing Trade Case Study. 1 – Box Method

Wall Street’s enthusiasm for future interest rate cuts is deteriorating with recent higher oil prices. Rising energy prices are a leading cause for inflation as measured by CPI, PPI, PCE and others.

Producer Prices (PPI) have recently been reported and were surprisingly double the forecast of economist’s projections. Inflation is heating up again. The FOMC has headwinds that will temper their ability to dramatically reduce interest rates this year.

A swing trading Point and Figure study of the Accumulation provides an estimate of the upside potential for crude oil. This is a conservative PnF count which could be extended. If the objectives are fulfilled larger counts can be considered.

VanEck Oil Services Group ETF (OIH). Three PnF Swing Counts

There have been several swing trading opportunities in the oil services industry group. Here are three PnF counts. Two of them came within one box of fulfilling the minimum projections. The most recent count is still unfinished. Is it possible a larger ‘Campaign Count’ using 3-box reversal method is developing?

Chart Notes:

Range-Bound since December.Local Climax from $315 to $335 which is just above the Resistance zone.Volatility remains elevated in the trading range. Less volatility on pullbacks would suggest absorption.Relative Strength basing after downtrend. Attributes of leadership emerging.Accumulation range could grow larger.

The vertical chart has the recent Distribution and Accumulation structures. They have classic Wyckoff attributes. The Sign of Strength (SoS) advance above the resistance line of the Accumulation may have the character of a local Buying Climax. This would be a place for OIH to pause before continuing higher. A correction back into the Accumulation trading range is very possible. The less correction of price the better. Any pullback would make the PnF count larger. The Relative Strength peaked in September of last year and has been in a well-defined downtrend since. This trend has been reversed upward and bodes well for price strength in the future.

Take time to evaluate the other industry groups in the Energy Sector as they have a family resemblance to the Oil Services Group.

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