I wanted to highlight the possibility for a trend reversal or at least low-risk opportunity in the US Oil Fund (USO), or at a minimum, show a large-scale structure potentially playing itself out.
Before reading, keep in mind that there’s no guarantee this pattern will produce the expected result, but it’s worth a casual glance at a minimum.
First, notice the price forming a Rounded Arc (I call it “Rounded Reversal”) from the September swing down to current prices. Keep in mind that we made a new low (actually an all-time low) on Tuesday, so by no means is there no risk in this position.
Second, notice how the 3/10 momentum oscillator has formed seven positive divergences as price continued to make new lows – that’s extreme.
I see one of two possibilities:
1. We are indeed forming a true “Rounded Reversal” and the oscillator is hinting at growing positive momentum and we’ll see a reversal to the upside very soon
2. The momentum oscillator is giving a false signal, similar to that on extreme trend days and so the indicator/signal must be ignored (like I always say, “Turn Off Indicators on Trend Days” or on major moves”)
It will be very interesting to see which scenario plays out and how to adjust expectations if needed. This is a huge structural development and it can have a major impact on the chart and of course how oil affects other markets IF we do get a reversal.
Finally, whether or not Oil reverses, it is a good idea to take into account this structure (so you can trade it when it sets up on other stocks/markets) because it is a very low-risk opportunity.
Why is it low risk?
If you enter long right here, you would be able to place a stop very close to price (perhaps two or so percent beneath your entry) but would be able to play for a very large target if you’re able to capture in close to the bottom IF a reversal takes place. Depending on your stop-loss (and if price reverses), you might have a large multiple reward to your initial risk (perhaps 10 to 1 or greater). This is more of a swing or position trade than a scalp trade.
Do your own analysis and make your own decision, but over time, you’ll do well to find trading opportunities that offer low risk but high reward… even if you’re ‘right’ on 50% of your trades.
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