The chart posted on my blog (www.smartbounce.ca/?p=2681) can help you identify potentially undervalued markets. I went through that list and made a few observations – presented on the charts below.
Be careful about buying into a declining market. Some compare buying a security that is in a downtrend to the act of catching a falling knife. Falling knives are dangerous to catch in mid-air. It’s usually better to let the knife hit the floor to avoid cutting yourself.
Like the falling knife example, it can be useful to examine prior losers to look for signs of basing, and the breaking of a down-trend. To identify potential buy-candidates from a list of underperforming securities, I recommend only choosing positions that have the following three traits:
- The market is no longer trending down (no more lower highs and lows)
- A base or consolidation pattern is established (some sort of a traditional bottom or consolidation formation).
- A breakout from that base/consolidation occurs. In other words, the last peak on the market is taken out with a new, higher peak. I call this a “neckline break”. This should be followed by several days or even a few weeks of support over the neckline–preferably with some volume to support it. Investors should not buy until a breakout is established. I’d encourage you to read my book, Sideways, for more information on how to identify base breakouts.
Here are three securities that are basing or consolidating and worth watching for a breakout- pay close attention to the above 3 rules as you review these charts:
The best example of a bottom base– Gas has been basing near $4/mmbtu since 2012 after a dramatic selloff from its 2008 high of nearly $14/mmbtu. A good way to play gas is through the US Natural Gas fund (UNG-US). If UNG breaks above $24, my 3 rules of buying into a former underperformer will have been met. Traders can buy and sell within the upper and lower boundaries of the base, while investors should be patient and wait for a breakout before committing.
Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX-US) is forming a triangle. A break through $29-$30 may be bullish for this market.
India, which can be played through the iPath MSCI India ETN (INP-US) has had a 2 year lid– a break through $62 would be bullish.
IShares Mexico ETF (EWW-US) is forming a triangle consolidation on the daily chart. Should EWW break out through $68, it will have met my 3 technical breakout criteria mentioned above.
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