Struggling phone makers and telecoms: a bargain in the making?

July 22, 20133 Comments

Apple (AAPL) has been discussed more than a few times on this blog site. In fact, I first spoke about it as a sell candidate in March 2012 ( then in October 2012 ( . The stock was approaching the $700 / share point when making those suggestions. 


Currently, AAPL is forming an impressive base-perhaps in the form of a head and shoulders bottom. If you’ve read my book Sideways, you will know that base breakouts are amongst the most powerful signals you can get when looking for significant upside. The trick is not to guess when and where the breakout will occur. Wait for the breakout, and enter when it’s a proven entity – a breakout might look good at around $450. AAPL is not a buy yet.

Interestingly, the communications group (phone makers) began to suffer about a year after the fall of the mighty APPL. Not only have competitors such as BB (formerly RIM) and Samsung (SSNLF) fallen out of favour recently, the telecom stocks have also fallen like rocks (BCE, Rogers, Telus, etc as predicted here in June: ). While not immune, the US telecoms such as AT&T (T-US) and Verizon (VZ-US) have held out better than the Canadian counterparts. 


At this juncture, there may be some value appearing in the Canadian telecom and phone maker space. But I’d wait for confirmation of a bottom breakout before boldly buying at this time. For example—BCE is finding resistance at its 200 day MA, which lies around $44 (red line). It needs to break through that level to become a buy, despite the positive profiles of MACD and RSI. Watch these stocks. Some of them may end up becoming the stocks you wish you had bought in a year.  

Please note that I am posting about once a week until the end of the summer. My recommendation is to follow me on twitter to be updated on new blogs during this time. I’d expect to return to my more usual routine of twice weekly blogging when the kids get back to school.


  • Keith could you please tell me your view on the gold market. It looks like it is ready to move higher. What would be some of the best ways to play it.

    All the best

    • Gold looks like it is trying to base but it needs to break 1375 before one can call it a bottom–the down trendline since October needs to be broken. ETF’s focusing on bullion are a play if the breakout happens.

  • Thanks for the response. Some of the better ETF’S would be CGL.T, HGU.T, XGD.T for possible exposure.

    All the best


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