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Divergence: U.S. and Canadian Energy Sectors

A major reason is the Western Canadian Select price differential
A performance chart for XLE - Energy Select Sector SPDR (ticker:XLE) and XEG - S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund (ticker:XEG)

XLE and XEG Performance Chart courtesy of StockCharts.com

The above chart plots the performance of the U.S. and Canadian energy sectors since the March, 2009 low. I am using two ETFs as a representation of the sectors: XLE – Energy Select Sector SPDR and XEG – S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund. XLE gained 118% since the the March, 2009 low compared to a gain of 54% for XEG.

The divergence between the between the U.S. energy sector (XLE) and the Canadian energy sector (XEG) is evident on the above chart since late 2011. The major reason for the divergence is the crude oil price differential for Western Canadian Select caused in part by pipeline constraints.

Reference the last chart analysis for XEG – S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund.

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iShares S&P/TSX Energy Index (XEG) chart analysis

Near-term uptrend for XEG but the major trend is down
A six month candlestick chart for iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index (ticker:XEG) showing the near-term uptrend and resistance levels.  RSI is confirming the neart-term uptrend but the intermediate trend is sideways and the major trend is down.

iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index (XEG) 6-Month Chart

With a weighting of 27.88% in the S&P/TSX Composite Index, the energy sector holds the key (along with materials—16.88%) for the continuation of the uptrend in the index. But with the underlying commodities, including oil and natural gas, not breaking out to the upside; it is hard to be optimistic. And then there is the frustrating Canadian crude oil differential due in part to pipeline constraints. The differential compared to world oil prices (Brent) is around $50.00 per barrel. Canada imports around 40% of the oil it consumes. So eastern Canada is paying world prices for crude and western Canada is losing $1.5-billion a month because of the differential. The oil visionaries out west, with the “let eastern Canada freeze in the dark mentality”, were not the great oracles. Who needed to ship oil to the east when our friends to the south would take all we could produce out west? You have the answer today and there is no easy solution. Pipelines cannot be built in a day and the U.S. is able to squeeze more and more out of their wells due to advances in drilling technology—hydraulic fracturing.

The financials, with a weighting of 29.62%, have done the heavy lifting and are up over 19% from the November, 2012 low. But the financial sector is close to major resistance levels and is due for a consolidation or correction.

XEG – S&P/TSX Capped Energy Index Fund – Suncor represents 18.60% of this fund.

Reference the last chart analysis for the S&P/TSX Index posted on January 18, 2013

Reference the last chart analysis for XEG posted on September 18, 2012

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Precision Drilling (PD:TSX) chart analysis

Near-term uptrend and major resistance at $9.00
Near-term uptrend for Precision Drilling with major resistance at $9.00.

Precision Drilling 1-Year Bar Chart

Precision Drilling near-term uptrend will meet resistance at $9.00. Unless there is a confirmed break above this level, there is no reason to hold this stock.

The Canadian energy sector which represents 27.88% of the S&P/TSX Composite Index is not participating in the intermediate uptrend in global equities. It is a major reason (along with materials) why the TSX Index is not moving up relative to global equities. The Canadian crude oil discount, caused in part by pipeline constraints, has added to the pain in the energy sector.

Reference the last chart analysis for Precision Drilling posted on July 26, 2012.

Visit the Precision Drilling website for a profile of the company and the latest financial numbers.

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Intel (INTC) chart analysis

Intermediate and near-term uptrend for Intel
Chart analysis for Intel showing the intermediate and near-term uptrend with the resistance zone.

Intel 6-Month Candlestick Chart

The major trend is down for Intel (ticker:INTC) but the intermediate and near-term trends are up. The company reports after the bell on Thursday and this could be the catalyst to break above the resistance zone. But January options expire on Friday and there is always a tendency for a stock to be pinned to the nearest option price which is $22.50.

Reference the website for Intel to review the fundamental data and latest earnings report.

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Apple (AAPL) candlestick chart analysis

Is $525 the bottom for Apple?

Apple daily candlestick chart showing the double bottom and the hammer candlestick.  Support and resistance levels are identified on the chart.

A break below the major support level of $525 would be a bad omen for Apple. Monitor this support level closely.

Reference Investor Relations for Apple Inc. to review the fundamental data.

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SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) logarithmic chart analysis

Long-term uptrend and major lateral trading band
SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) Monthly Logarithmic Chart showing the upward sloping trendline with support and resistance levels.

SPDR Gold Trust ETF (GLD) Monthly Logarithmic Chart 2005-2012


Historical price for gold in U.S. dollars for the period 1974-2012.

Gold Price in USD/oz Linear Scale 1974-2012


The above charts provide a long-term perspective for gold. The first chart shows the pricing for SPDR Gold ETF (ticker:GLD) for the period 2005 to 2012 in the logarithmic scale. The second smaller chart extends the date range from 1974 to 2012 and shows the actual price of gold in U.S. dollars in the linear scale.

There are two generally accepted principles in technical analysis: (1) individual stocks and broad indexes move in trends, and (2) the trend will continue until there is evidence to the contrary. How is this relevant for gold? The long-term trend for gold is up and is currently trading in a major and intermediate lateral trading band. And the near-term trend is down. Given the assumption that the long-term uptrend will continue for gold, a breakout above resistance of 174 and 185 (ticker:GLD) would confirm the continuation of the long-term uptrend. On the contrary, a break below support of 150 (ticker:GLD) would raise a red flag for the continuation of the uptrend.

Significant dates in modern gold history:

  • August, 1971: Then-U.S. President Richard Nixon takes the U.S. dollar off the gold standard, which had been in place with minor modifications since the Bretton Woods Agreement of 1944 fixed the conversion rate for one Troy ounce of gold at $35 (U.S.).
  • March, 1973: Most major countries adopt floating-exchange-rate system.
  • January, 1980: Gold hits record high of $850 an ounce.
  • August, 1999: Gold falls to a low of $251.70.
  • November, 2004: SPDR Gold Shares ETF launched
  • November, 2005: Spot gold breaches $500 for the first time since December 1987.
  • May, 2006: Gold prices peak at $730 an ounce.
  • November, 2007: Spot gold hits a 28-year high of $845.40 an ounce.
  • March, 2008: Benchmark gold contract trades over $1,000 for the first time in U.S. futures market.
  • September, 2008: Spot gold rises by nearly $90 an ounce, a record one-day gain.
  • September, 2010: Gold prices reach $1,300 an ounce.
  • September, 2011: Gold prices hit a high of $1,895 USD/oz

http://www.kinross.com/investor-centre/gold-history.aspx

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Canadian Natural (CNQ:TSX) chart analysis

Intermediate trend is down for Canadian Natural Resources
CNQ chart analysis showing the downward sloping intermediate trendline.

CNQ YTD Daily Bar Chart

When you see a chart like this for a major Canadian oil company, you can understand the dismal performance of the TSX Index.

Reference the last chart analysis for CNQ published on July 17, 2012.

Reference the corporate website for CNQ.

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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.

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