Wednesday, April 16, 2014

ShawCor Ltd. My one and only stock pick

As usual I looked at the new 52 week high / low list for clues as to where the money is going – and once again energy stocks dominate the TSX 52 week high list.

ShawCor Ltd (SCL) stands out for several reasons - it is also at an all-time high, it is not well known, it is in the right space (energy infrastructure), the technical picture is bullish with positive money flow and a youthful bull cycle just underway. Even better – I don’t own it so my opinion is free of conflict and self-serving bias.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Gassy stocks leading the way:

I always look at the new 52 week high / low list for clues as to where the money is going – and in particular when we are in a corrective phase. Technically there are a few rules that apply to the new 52-week high / low list – the most important is the first new 52-week high will not be the last. So always seek out stocks and ETFs that have made their first appearance on the new 52-week high list such as the BMO Junior Oil Index ETF (ZJO) about 12 months ago at $20 (now $29)

Yesterday out of a total of 23 new 52 week highs (TSX – excluding warrants and other noise) there were 16 energy stocks – quite a message during a global sell-off in he major stock indices. The money seems to be still going into the energy stocks and in particular the gassy producers. Note the chart displaying two gassy producers a weekly of Delphi Energy Corp. (DEE) plotted above Crocotta Energy Inc. (CTA) – note that Delphi is leading Crocotta by several months. Other gassy laggards are DTX, LRE, PPY, SRX, TLM, TET, TBE and WCP – some homework suggested on these names.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

The gold miners’ correction may be over:

According to Elliottwave International Elliott waves often correct in terms of Fibonacci ratios. They explain in their new eBook How You Can Use Fibonacci to Improve Your Trading, which explains what you can expect when a market begins a corrective phase.  The classic Fibonacci retracement percent number (%R) is 61.8% but 50% (not a Fibonacci #) is common.

Basically a retracement is a correction that follows a meaningful advance – so in example of the gold stocks we had a trough in late December 2013 – a subsequent advance through to a mid March peak and then a sharp two week correction. When I look at the TSX precious metal complex I observe that most miners have corrected – or retraced about 50 per cent of the January 2014 through February advance.

Note the chart displaying two baskets of junior gold miners – the BMO Junior Gold Index ETF (ZJG) and the Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF (GDXJ:US) with both correcting (or retracing) about 62% of the December March advance – opportunity now for those who missed the December March advance..