All of the top commodities have rebounded amid the dollar's weakness recently, but copper didn't follow the pack to make gains. I think we should take a chance as this misbehavior will not last for long.
Chart 1. Copper-Oil Correlation: Huge Divergence!
Chart courtesy of tradingview.com
The crude oil is very strong these days, although last time we have been witnessing its comparative weakness to copper. It looks like the Double Bottom reversal pattern is still making the game for oil with the first strong barrier at the $50 level.
This time, copper overreacted to the short-lived drop of crude hitting the $2.06 area, and this gap that we can see on the chart above kept at the following strong rebound. And then another weird thing happened – crude oil had a minor pullback and continued its upward move while copper overreacted again down to the previous low area at $2.06, this time with even larger divergence. Now look at the left part of the chart, the current gap reminds me the one-year-old situation – oil had stalled at the end of May 2015 while copper overcame it with a new high and then it dropped sharply to run down crude. Therefore, there is a high probability of copper catching up soon with the current oil price corresponding to $2.40-2.50 copper price levels.
Let's look at the copper chart below to find it out.
Chart 2. Copper Daily: Risk/Reward Favors Long Setup
Chart courtesy of tradingview.com
In a previous copper update I assumed that the copper will fall out of the daily uptrend and will follow the weakening crude oil. Indeed, the metal dropped right the same day when the update was posted and soon reached quite a deep low at $2.06 level (18 cents gain), but failed to progress to the previous major low at $1.93 projected as a minimum target amid rising crude.
I would ask you to read my earlier post with a copper update to refresh your memory of how the current major bottom was shaped. It looks like the title of the post was prescient (Metal Signals Short Term Bottom For Oil) as well as the title of the next post which wondered if we had bottomed then.
If we admit that we already have bottomed, then the upside move from $1.93 level started this January is the first medium-term bullish action marked as the blue AB segment. Then the next zigzag down from the $2.32 area is the first medium-term pullback which has hit a very important and most common 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level below $2.08.
The Friday candle shaped the reversal Doji candle (open $2.076 close $2.074) with an almost absent body. Today’s candle is still in progress, but it already reached the high of the Friday candle.
If we assume that the CD segment started on Friday, and it is equal in length to the AB segment, then the target is located on the $2.4375 level – right at the area of the last October top. And it confirms the corresponding copper level of current oil price described below the Chart 1. So many coincidences bring more confidence that we should see a strong upside move in copper. The maximum risk should be set below the major low located at the $1.93 level, and the risk/reward then will be healthy.
INO.com Contributor, Metals
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