Time for an Energy Break?


The Energy Sector has been a top performer in the last six weeks, rallying over 50% since the October low. Now it is beginning to look as if it is in the process of topping. On the chart below we can see that wedge patterns have played a major role in the last half of this year. First we have a falling wedge extending off the June top. As we normally expect, this pattern resolved to the upside and gave us a nice rally.

Now a short-term rising wedge is forming, and we expect that pattern to resolve downward. In addition to the bearish price pattern, most of the other indicators on the chart are very overbought. To be clear, we could be surprised with an upside resolution, but, after such a strong rally, a pullback is highly likely.

Presumably, the price of oil will have a great deal to do with Energy Sector performance, so we should take a look at that. Note that USO is at the top of the range established as price stabilized after the crash earlier this year. The daily PMO and RSI are overbought, and it is reasonable to expect that price will drift back toward the bottom of the range.

Conclusion: While it appears that the Energy Sector is setting up for a pullback, an actual breakdown hasn't happened yet. Nevertheless, internals are overbought, and the rising wedge is likely to break down. That said, I think a long-term low is in, and that any correction will not threaten this year's lows.

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Carl Swenlin
About the author: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he was president and founder of, one of the premier market timing and technical analysis websites on the web. DecisionPoint specializes in stock market indicators and charting. Since DecisionPoint merged with in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More
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