Of note: I am posting my sector coverage early this week due to a hectic schedule later in the week.
Back in June, I mentioned on this blog (http://www.valuetrend.ca/?p=1293) as well as on a BNN appearance that I liked gold, fertilizers and Candian banks. I particularly liked the banks and gold, and took positions in both of these plays via ETF’s. While I did sell my gold position back in October (only to re-buy when it fell back to $1700 in November) – I continue to hold my Canadian banks. I hold one individual bank and the BMO equal weight bank ETF (ZEB-T) for a total exposure of about 15% of my managed equity accounts.
Currently, as you can see on the top chart, the banks are brushing up against some fairly significant technical resistance at this time. While this weekly chart doesn’t show the fine details, a daily chart reveals that ZEB’s resistance comes in somewhere around $18.10 – $18.20. This technical resistance is coming in at the time that seasonal influences tend to peak for the Canadian banks. Research by Brooke Thackray shows a tendancy for the banks to outperform up until Q4 earnings season ends in December. I expect to reduce or possibly even eliminate my bank exposure very shortly based on these two observations.
The chart for natural gas below reveals the significant resistance levels that this commodity must break. Former support at $4 during 2010 & 2011 is now acting as resistance- this level has been tested very recently. The seasonal tendency, again noted by Mr. Thackray, is for natural gas to see its best performance come to an end in mid-December – similar to our banks. If gas breaks through $4, it could target $5 – something that I’d be a little hesitant to bet on at this juncture.
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