Elliott Wave Analysis of CPER -ETF- United States Copper Index Fund

Elliott Wave analysis is a great tool to help you decide an appropriate levels to gain exposure to any asset class. CPER – ETF – or the United States Copper Index Fund has recently been in the news. Yahoo Finance has run this article that says ‘industrial metals-related exchange traded products are strengthening this year as tightening inventory levels and rising optimism for a return to global growth following a U.S.-China trade deal are supporting the fundamental outlook.” Specifically, CPER has gained 12% this year-to-date! So let us see how we can use Elliott Wave analysis to gain an edge if you are considering an exposure to this ETF.

The first step to trading smart.

When you look at any chart, you should look for clues. When you see the chart of CPER below, what do you make out?

Your first step
5 waves up in CPER
5 waves up in CPER

At a very basic, novice level, you would not be buying as the wave 5 is approaching its target. Rather, if you had been long at any lower level, you will start to downsize those positions as wave 5 is progressing higher.

Labeling the waves

Once you have tentatively decided were to place the labels, you use Fibinacci tools to see if they confirm your assessment. In the above chart, we see that wave 3 finished at the 223.6% projection of wave 1.

Wave 4 in CPER

Once the sharp third wave up in CPER ran out of steam, we saw the commencement of a sideways correction, which we know as wave 4. The Fibonacci tool should have helped us anticipate where wave 4 could end, and sure enough, we saw that happen at the 50% retracement of wave 3.

Wave 5 is related to wave 1

My book on Elliott Waves , Five Waves to Financial Freedom, explains how we can anticipate the possible end of wave 5. In this case, we see that wave 5 was related to wave 1 by a Fibonacci number. We also know that once a 5-wave move ends, there will be a correction of the entire bull cycle. Therein lies a great advantage to the user of Elliott Wave analysis. He or she will start getting out of any long positions as we approach the end of wave 5, or as soon as it becomes clear we have completed the bull cycle.

A 3-wave correction in CPER

We see here that the three wave correction that came after the end of the 5-wave bull cycle also can be analyzed using the Fibonacci relationship between the waves. Wave c was 223.6% of wave 1. But the more important clue is seen in the next chart.

The correction reached the 61.8% retracement level

One of the most important ratios that we use in Elliott Wave analysis is the 61.8% retracement level. As a matter of fact, a patient trader needs to do nothing more than wait for such a move to happen and buy there. No other complex analysis is needed to make money. Just a simple watch over several stocks or commodities and entering near the 61,8% retracement is a model that will yield handsome profits! In this case, where the Wave C corresponded with the 61.8% retracement is a much more powerful signal. Sure enough, CPER has rallied sharply from there.

What next?

Knowing where to enter is of great importance to a trader. Clearly, buying CPER right here is not recommended by Elliott Waves because that won’t be a low-risk trade. My approach is to be smart about this business. Take those trades where the odds favor you. Near the 50% retracement level is not such a level.

Deciding on where we are now

We now have to make an assessment of where we are in the progression. As you can see from the comments in the chart above, we are probably in the late stages of wave 3. So the right approach will be to wait for wave 4 and then buy that dip.

Some tricks of the trade

You will see that a deft use of the Fibonacci tool gives you an added level of comfort. So the earliest level to try a long trade will be near the 18.10 level.

Where is the upside target in CPER?

You can also make an assessment of how high CPER can go. This will allow you to decide the risk-reward trade off and the position size. You can see that Elliott Wave analysis of CPER suggests an optimistic target of 19.10, which is more than 5% up from our panned entry level.

At WaveTimes, you see numerous examples of how we can use Elliott Waves to take low-risk bets in the market. Good luck in your pursuit of Financial Freedom.


  • Timothy Joseph

    Excellent article, Ramki. Enjoyed by this reader.

  • Payal

    Hello sir ..
    Sir after reading your book
    I got immense confidence
    But I have one question in my mind
    That within correction A b c
    A and c waves can be extended or not ?

    • Ramki Ramakrishnan

      Payal, Generally speaking extensions are seen in impulse waves. However, within a correction such as a zig zag, waves A and Waves C have 5 sub waves, and they are considered impulses within their own rights. Hence, we do see extensions there, especially in the C waves, which is why you often see devastating sell offs

  • Zubairsharif

    Helo sir ramki..very nice calculation of market u r doing.sir im a beginner just for the sake of learning my ques is if its not extended wave 3 and its 5 then we are going to the 2nd wave of 5 how we will hit our target?

    • Ramki Ramakrishnan

      Zubair, The more important question is whether you are trying to publish a research report where you make forecasts, or whether you are going to trade. Once you decide to trade, you will know where to enter, and where to exit on either scenario.

  • Julius

    Hi Ramki. I enjoy your blogs. I regularly keep checking new blogs from your site with a longing I cannot explain. Its been 2 years now since I laid my hands on your best selling book- five waves to financial freedom. It’t was worth it. Recently I purchased your second book on investing..Great insights always. Wish you the best of the earth man!

  • Mihir

    You have changed labelled 3 wave considering steep rise from 23.6%. Is there any thumb.rule .? What if I would trade considering wave 3 on the old place assuming the rise of 5 th wave ? Would I make sense then ?

  • Keshvi Jha

    Thank you for sharing this. You have strong content. Keep sharing.

  • Johannes

    Dear Sir Ramki,

    Hi Ramki, I am Johann, and i am a reader of your book, five ways to fundamental freedom.
    I am new to Elliot Wave. Actually your book is the first lesson i learn about Elliot Wave, because many people recommended it. And after tried a sample i decided that your book is one of the simplest explain Elliot wave principle yet still capture the most importance essence of EWP.
    There is one terminology that i’m not fully understand.
    What is reflex point? There is no further definition about it.
    And i have try to google it with no satisfying answer.
    One more thing, does the Elliot wave principle can be applied anytime, at all the time at the market? Or it just apply on certain condition. By another word i mean at any given moment in the market we can just look at the chart and start numbering wave, and we can decide on what wave we are currently.

    Thx a lot.

  • Jean

    Hi Ramki, thank you for writing this article! It would be nice to have an update on copper as price retraced almost all the last impulse you were describing and I took a long position. Congratulations for your book that really enlightned me on the wave principle and its daily use. I combined Elliot wave analysis with harmonics on lower timeframes to improve my entries and exit. What I really like about wave principles are the set of rules that give clear invalidation level (stop loss), capital preservation first!
    Note: could you have a look at GOLD/AUD (XAU/AUD), the weekly chart looks a like to have pretty long fifth extension!

    • Ramki Ramakrishnan

      Jean, Thanks for your message, I have been busy completing the recording of my online course, which has just gone live. Will start updating the blog more often now.

  • Omar Ahmed

    Great Analysis Mr. Ramki.

    I have a question that seems to puzzle me but thought an expert of your caliber was the right person to ask. WXY is each made up of a corrective wave pattern. Zigzag – Flat – Zigzag is an example. The wave (A) of a Flat is made up of a 3 wave structure which could also be either a zigzag or a Flat. Thus, how can we tell to label a wave structure either wave (A) of a Flat or wave (W) which then leads to WXY? Thank you, Mr. Ramki.

    • Ramki Ramakrishnan

      I am not sure if I understood the question. So I will provide two responses. If you are wondering how we can anticipate a possible development of the ‘X’ and then the ‘Y’ components of a potential WXY pattern, the answer is you can’t. It is well neigh impossible to anticipate what pattern a complex correction would take. On the other hand, if your question is how can we label a wave as wave A, which will eventually be called wave W of a WXY pattern, the answer is more like this: the notations are merely tools to help us understand where we are in the scheme of things. Elliott has said we can label the impulse phase that consists of 5 waves as waves 1 to 5. The corrective waves are generally assigned numerals. A little reflection would make us understand that these notations are nothing more than a consistent way of referencing where we are in the cycle. Having said that, once again we have to remind ourselves that there is no way to know whether a complex correction will actually trace out as WXY or something else. What matters is we usually know in advance if a complex correction is likely to show up, and that itself is a huge advantage over someone who keeps trading the market without knowing of the increased likelihood of such a correction.

      • Omar Ahmed

        Mr. Ramki,

        Thank you for answering both my questions. They had been plaguing my mind for months. You took a complex topic and simplified it beautifully. This is a prime example of why many people regard you as the best EW trader in the world. Thank you once again.

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