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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 .

Suncor candlestick chart analysis

Bearish engulfing candlestick pattern on the weekly chart.
Suncor weekly chart shows the bearish engulfing candlestick pattern with support at the 50 day moving average and major support at $40

Suncor 2-Year Weekly Chart

The previous post of the chart analysis for Suncor was based on the daily candlesticks.  This analysis is based on the weekly chart and shows the same information from a different viewpoint.  Current support is at the 40 to 50 day moving average with major support at $40.  We do not want to see Suncor close below support at $40.00.

This is not the best looking chart over the two-year period: the major trend has been sideways.

Fundamental data for Suncor to complete your evaluation of this TSX listed stock.

Some of the other Canadian stocks that have been featured include: Encana, Precision Drilling, Riocan, BMO, Shoppers Drug Mart, and  BCE.

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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.

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Is the sun still shining on Suncor?

A confluence of negative technical indicators for Suncor on the daily chart.
Technical analysis for Suncor using a candlestick chart, moving averages, OBV and MACD

Suncor 6-Month Daily Candlestick Chart

Major support for Suncor is at $40.00 on this daily candlestick chart.  You must monitor the chart at this stage for a candlestick pattern that indicates the stock can hold this support level.  The near-term trend is down: Suncor has moved below the 10 day and 20 day moving averages.  Can the stock hold the 40 day moving average?

Please reference the the March 11, 2011 weekly chart of Suncor for another perspective.

The February 6, 2011 chart shows Suncor struggling at the $40 level which is now major support.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Chart Analysis

The trend is the most important concept in technical analysis.

You must always trade in the direction of the trend, and the major trend is up for RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust.  All the real estate invest trusts (REITs)  listed on the TSX  have performed very well over the past two years.

What is the definition for the major trend? The three-year weekly candlestick chart is best for establishing the major trend (in effect for six months to a year) for a stock or an index.   The major trend for RioCan is up with current resistance at $24.

Technical analysis using candlestick charts for Riocan Real Estate Invest Trust - REIT

3-Year Weekly Chart for Riocan

RioCan is the largest real estate investment trust in Canada and the  liquidity makes this an attractive investment for institutional investors. It is worth taking a few minutes to review the profile for this company.  Even if you focus on technical analysis to trade online, you need to have a basic understanding of fundamental analysis. Also, review the most recent quarterly results for RioCan.

Take a couple of minutes to input the advanced chart settings for BigCharts and then look at the this chart.  You will have the advantage of viewing a larger chart and the ability to adjust the time period and other technical indicators. In a previous post, I presented an analysis of RioCan based on the 6-month daily candlestick chart and the reaction of the market to the release of the quarterly results. This analysis focused on the near-term and intermediate trend.

Visit Investment Talk with SPBrunner for an excellent review of the fundamental data for RioCan Real Estate Invest Trust.

Retail real estate poised to strengthen is a positive article on RioCan and other REITs.

Update May 19, 2011 – First-quarter report: RioCan gets boost from rental revenue.

Update May 31, 2011 – Target’s store picks a bullseye for RioCan REIT: TD

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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.

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Positive market reaction to RioCan quarterly results

How did the market react to the Riocan quarterly results?

It does not matter what I think about the results and it does not matter what you think about the results.  The only thing that counts is the market reaction: the candlestick chart shows graphically that the reaction was positive. The next question: what will be your reaction to these results?

Six month daily candlestick chart for Riocan showing the raction ot the quarterly results

6 Month Daily Chart for RioCan

Online trading strategy: RioCan (rei.un) yields 5.69% at the current price.  The stock had a good run from a low of $11.50 in March, 2009 as both small investors and institutional players poured money into the REIT sector.  When you are getting practically nothing on your money left in a bank account, these yields looked very attractive.  And the current 2-year yield of 1.826% on Government of Canada Bonds is not exactly lucrative.  Money is still flowing into the real estate investment trust sector. Yes,  RioCan is still a buy at the $24 price level and the yield provides downside protection.  RioCan has a monthly distribution of $0.1150 which equals an annual distribution of $1.38.  I would be comfortable with a price target of $28 for this stock which equates to a yield of 4.93%.

RioCan Real Estate Investment Trust Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 31, 2010. Link to the results and other excellent resources at TMX Money.

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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.

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Near-Term trend for BMO is up

This 6-month daily candlestick chart for BMO reveals that the near-term trend is up and the intermediate trend is sideways.
Bank of Montreal (BMO) 6 month candlestick chart reveals that the near-term trend is up and the stock will meet heavy resistance at $62

BMO - 6-Month Daily Chart

The most important concept in technical analysis is the trend: you always trade in the direction of the trend.  The near-term trend for BMO, last three weeks,  is up  and is defined by the 10 day simple moving average (SMA) which is above both the 20 day and 40 day averages. The intermediate trend, last six months, is sideways with support at $58 and resistance at $62.

This brings up the another important concept in technical analysis — support and resistance.  Take a look at the chart.  BMO could not break $62 on three attempts over the last six months.  Both the bulls and the bears have memories of this price point. BMO will meet technical resistance at $62 in this rally.

The three confirming indicators:

  1. Volume is relatively light which is a negative indicator.
  2. On Balance Volume (OBV) is trending up with the move which is good.
  3. Relative Strength Index (RSI) is trending up which is good.

The shaven head ( stock closed at the high for the day)  white candlestick for Thursday was positive for the bulls.

Bank of Montreal was last featured on  tradeonline.ca on January 7, 2011

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Note: This analysis is for educational purposes so you can learn to trade online using candlestick charts. Please conduct your own 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.

Copyright © TradeOnline.ca All rights reserved

Bearish Engulfing Pattern for Shoppers Drug Mart

Shoppers Drug Mart could not break $41.

Your online trading success does not depend on your predictions for the market: your success depends on your online trades in reaction to market signals.

Bearish Engulfing Pattern for Shoppers Drug Mart on the 3 month daily candlestick chart

 

Updated article on Shoppers published in the National Post on March 30, 2011: Expanded Shoppers Drug services could help earnings, analyst says.

Please reference three previous posts on Shoppers Drug Mart.

  1. Shooting star candlestick for Shoppers Drug Mart
  2. Shoppers Drug Mart (SC) breaks resistance at $40
  3. Shoppers Drug Mart –  Bullish white candlestick

Shooting Star Candlestick for Shoppers Drug Mart

A shooting star candlestick developed on the daily candlestick chart which can be compared to a caution light.

It shows that the rally could not be maintained.  The stock opened at $40.82, above the close for the previous day’s bullish white candlestick, which was a strong opening.  But the bulls could not maintain the push  as the stock rallied to a high of $41.59 where there was selling pressure and the stock closed at $40.87: this was not a good day for the bulls.

Candlestick Analysis - shooting star candlestick for Shoppers Drug Mart

3-Month Daily Candlestick Chart

The trend is the most important concept in technical analysis. The intermediate trend (3 weeks to 3 months) is sideways and the near-term trend (within the last 3 weeks) is up. What we are trying to establish in this analysis is the likelihood of the near-term trend continuing upwards. Today, there is a hint of caution which you can see pictorially in the shooting star candlestick pattern.

Another important concept in technical analysis is support and resistance. On Monday, Shoppers Drug Mart closed above resistance at $40. This has been resistance for the last four months. The $40 price point reverses rolls and is now support for this stock. A close below $40 would be very negative for the near-term trend for Shoppers.