Friday, July 22, 2011

Listen to the markets

Forget all that noise centering on the euro-zone debt problems and the possibility of U.S. lawmakers failing to reach a debt ceiling deal by August 2, 2011.

Take a look at some of the biggest $ gainers today - Calfrac Well Services Ltd. (CFW) up $1.36 (+3.7%), Precision Drilling Corporation (PD) up $1.11 (+7.2%), Trican Well Service Ltd. (TCW) up $0.97 (+3.9%) and Total Energy Services Inc. (TOT) up $0.90 (+5.9%). Take a look at the recent new 52-week highs and you find the same names.

Now I am a bellwether guy in that I look for the behaviour of the sector leaders before acting on the sector as a group. When I see the oilfield services stocks on the move I have confidence the broader energy stocks – the oil & gas producers and the integrated big guys will follow. Now I know gold is the hot sector right now – but don’t overlook the energy sector. Our weekly chart displays some of the leaders – all just getting underway so there is still time to do some homework on the sector

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Technical Non-Event

This is a clip from yesterday’s Globe Report on Business, “North American stocks suffered their deepest losses in more than a month Monday, as investors fled from risk amid deepening worries about the spread of European debt contagion, the U.S.'s own debt problems and the looming corporate earnings season.”

The S&P/TSX composite index closed down 191.95 points, or 1.4 per cent, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 151.44 points or 1.2 per cent and the Nasdaq composite index slumped 57.19 points or 2 per cent. It was a gloomy day.

The markets were been hoping the Greek crisis could be limited to Greece and a few other smaller Euro area nations such as Ireland and Portugal. But the sudden rise in concern about Italy raises the spectre of a much broader and harder-hitting debt crisis.
Pile on the uncertainty is the continuing impasses in Washington over the U.S. debt ceiling and the result is the fear of risky assets.

Now the problem technically is there is no problem. Our chart today is the Dow Industrials (daily) plotted above the Dow Transports (daily) along with the industry standard 50 and 200 day simple moving averages. Note in each plot the shorter 50 DMA is above the longer 200 DMA. Note also the price of the industrials and the transports is still above the 50 DMA. The nasty two day sell-off is a technical non-event so ignore those perma-bears who wish to scare you out of equities