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The BEAR (Price) and Bull (Leverage) trends under Q2 accumulation as as seasonal high approaches position crude oil as consolidation/profit-taking against the bear opportunity since the fourth week of March.
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The long-term trend oscillator (LTCO) defines a down impulse from 34.96 to 11.75 since the third week of August 2014 (chart 1). The bears control the trend until reversed by a bullish crossover. Compression, the final phase of the CEC cycle, generally anticipates this change.
A close above 15.99 jumps the creek and transitions the trend from mark down to cause, while a close below 8.33 breaks the ice and maintains it.
The long-term leverage oscillator (LTLO) defines a bull phase since the fourth week of March (chart 2). The bull phase, a conflicting message from the leadership of leverage and price, defines consolidation/profit-taking against the down impulse (see price). This has been tightening risk management for the bears for months.
A diffusion index (DI) of 16% defines Q2 accumulation (chart 3). A capitulation index (CAP) of 8% supports this message (chart 4). DI and CAP's trends, broader flows of leverage and sentiment from accumulation to distribution and fear to complacency supporting the bulls (red arrows), should not only continue to extreme concentrations but also restrain downside expectations until reversed (see price). A decline under these trends, a sign of weakness (SOW), would be bearish for oil longer-term.
The 5-year seasonal cycle defines weakness until the fourth week of June (chart 5). This path of least resistance restrains upside expectations (see price).
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