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Candlestick chart analysis for Precision Drilling

Candlestick chart shows the uptrend for Precision Drilling
Two year weekly candlestick chart for Precision Drilling showing the uptrend over the last four weeks

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) 2-Year Weekly Chart

Reference the previous weekly chart for Precision Drilling.  Also reference the chart analysis based on the daily candlestick chart.

The important point from this chart is that the stock is in an uptrend and you always trade in the direction of the trend. But, Precision Drilling is a little overextended as indicated by the height above the 50-day moving average so we could see a correction to support at $13.50.  If the stock broke $13.50, the next minor support level would be $13.00. Major support is at $12.00 which is near the  the 50-day moving simple moving average.

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Note: This technical analysis is for educational purposes so you can learn to trade online using candlestick charts. Please conduct your own chart analysis or consult your financial advisor before making investment decisions. The chart snippets are from BigCharts.com which I recommend and have used for fifteen years. The author of this article may hold long or short positions in the featured stock or index.

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) uptrend – Daily Chart

Technical indicators are confirming the uptrend on the candlestick chart
Precision Drilling three month daily candlestick chart showing the uptrend with confirming indicators

Precision Drilling 3 Month Daily Chart

 

Reference the previous post of the weekly chart for Precision Drilling.

Input the advanced chart settings for BigCharts.com and view the current daily chart for Precision Drilling (PD:TSX).

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) – Weekly Chart

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) moving up on above average volume
Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) two-year weekly candlestick chart showing above average volume associated with the bullish white candlesticks.  The 50-day simple moving average defines the uptrend.

Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) 2-Year Weekly Candlestick Chart

Reference the previous post for Precision Drilling based on the  daily chart.

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Can the S&P 500 break 1,330?

Traders are focusing on key resistance at 1,330 for the S&P 500
Can the S&P 500 index break resistance on the candlestick chart at 1,330

S&P 500 Daily Candlestick Chart

The most important points from the above chart for the S&P 500 are:

  • Resistance levels exist on all stock charts.
  • The S&P 500 must break and hold above the 1,330 level on the candlestick chart.
  • The new support level will then be 1,330.
  • The reversal of resistance to support is an important concept in technical analysis.

Complete the advanced chart settings and then view the weekly chart for the S&P 500 on BigCharts.

Putting the March TSX correction in perspective

TSX decline to 13,200 represented a minimum retracement level of 34.4%

There are no firm rules when an index or stock retraces a prior move. The minimum retracement level would be 33%  and the maximum would be 66%.  If  the correction passes the 66% level, there is a high probability the stock or index will retrace the prior move.

Weekly candlestick chart of the TSX showing the March correction which represented a retracement of 34.3% of the  28.8% (3200 points) gain from the July low of 13,200 to the March 7 high of 14,300

S&P/TSX 1-Year Weekly Chart

The most important points for the above TSX chart analysis are:

  • The 50-day moving average is a good approximation of the trend line.
  • The major trend ( longer than six months) is up.
  • The intermediate trend ( three weeks to three months) is up.
  • The near-term trend ( less than three weeks) is now up.
  • The March correction was a 34.3% retracement of the July to March upswing.
  • The March correction was -7.7%.
  • The support level of  13,500 held on the pullback.

You can reference recent chart analysis of the S&P/TSX index to see where the index made an assault on the 13, 500 level.  Then there was the break and the run to the March high.

This two-year annotated candlestick chart of the TSX makes one statement: it was a good run.

Maintain a neutral trading strategy at this  juncture in the S&P/TSX index with alerts at the 14,200 and the 13,800 levels.  A  close above 14,200 would be a possible indicator to add to long positions as the index attempts a break through the recent high of 14,300.  A close below 13,800 would be a possible indicator to liquidate some long positions as you monitor major support at 13,500.

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Note: This technical analysis is for educational purposes so you can learn to trade online using candlestick charts. Please conduct your own chart analysis or consult your financial advisor before making investment decisions. The chart snippets are from BigCharts.com which I recommend and have used for fifteen years. The author of this article may hold long or short positions in the featured stock or index.

The trend is up for Dundee REIT (D.UN:TSX)

Dundee Real Estate Investment Trust

One of the most important principles in technical analysis is to trade in the direction of the trend: buy when the stock is trending up.  In other words, buy on strength and sell on weakness.

Candlestick chart for DUNDEE REIT (D.UN-TSX) showing support and resistance

DUNDEE REIT (D.UN-TSX) Three-Year Weekly Chart

The most important points for this Dundee REIT chart analysis are:

  • The major trend (in effect for at least six months) is up.
  • The intermediate trend (in effect for three weeks to three months) is up.
  • The near-term trend (in effect for two to three weeks) is up.
  • Major support is $30.
  • Dundee traded in a consolidation range of $30-$31 since November, 2010.
  • There is a tentative breakout at $32.  Will it hold?
  • A target price of $36 is reasonable based on the chart and fundamental data.

Dundee REIT owns high quality office properties across Canada. Review the fundamental data for Dundee REIT detailed on their website.  RioCan REIT,  the biggest Canadian REIT  listed on the TSX, was featured on this site March 8, 2011.

A Financial Post article with reference to Dundee REIT: Be picky in strong 2011 for Canadian REITs.

A Globe and Mail article with a positive reference for Dundee REIT and REITs in general: A healthy year of gains seen for REITs.

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Note: This technical analysis is for educational purposes so you can learn to trade online using candlestick charts. Please conduct your own chart analysis or consult your financial advisor before making investment decisions. The chart snippets are from BigCharts.com which I recommend and have used for fifteen years. The author of this article may hold stock in the featured company but is in no way associated with the company.

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Precision Drilling breakout above $12 resistance level

Can Precision Drilling (PD) hold the new support level of $12?
Daily Candlestick chart for Precision Drilling showing the breakout above resistance at $12

Precision Drilling Daily Chart

The most important points to note in the Precision Drilling (PD) chart analysis are:

  • The major trend, intermediate trend and near-term trend are all up.
  • The 40 day moving average is a good approximation of the trend line.
  • Always trade in the direction of the trend.
  • There was a breakout above resistance of $12.
  • Major support is now $12.
  • The reversal of resistance to support is an important principle in technical analysis.
  • The breakout was on above average volume.
  • Trading volume measures the force behind the move.
  • On balance volume is confirming the upward trend.
  • The MACD confirmed the breakout.

If an online trader made a buy on the breakout at $12.50, the trader must set up a stop-loss at that time.  A reasonable stop-loss would be below support at $12.  A stop-loss of $11.87 would represent a loss of around 5% and maybe not close enough  that it would be taken out on a light test of support. Anyway, you will be around to trade another day.  Risk management is an important concept in online trading.  Preservation of capital is rule #1.

Precision Drilling is a leading provider of oilfield services.

Other stocks analyzed on this site include: Encana, SuncorRioCan, BMO, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pfizer, BCE and Patriot Coal.

Investors are seeking yield.  RioCan has been a favorite with institutional and individual Canadian investors.

Can Encana break resistance at $36?

Bullish white candlestick on the weekly chart for Encana.
Bullish candlestick chart for EnCana showing major support at $28 and major resistance at $36

Encana Weekly Chart for March 18, 2011

The most important points on the Encana weekly chart are:

  1. The major trend and intermediate trend are both sideways.
  2. The near-term trend (less than three weeks) is up.
  3. Major support is $28: liquidate longs if Encana breaks support.
  4. Major resistance is $36: add to long positions if Encana breaks resistance.
  5. Above average volume on the bullish white candlestick.

To trade online, you need a grasp of both technical and fundamental data. Natural gas the next ‘green hope written by Gwyn Morgan is an excellent article.  After months of quiet negotiation, energy giant Encana Corp has agreed to buy a minority stake in a natural gas export project that is positioned to redraw Canada’s energy map.

Encana in the largest natural gas producer in Canada. Visit the Encana website to research the fundamental data on the company.

Some of the other Canadian stocks  featured on this site include:  Suncor, Precision Drilling, RioCan, BMO, Shoppers Drug Mart and  BCE .