In the past year economists have been complaining that the RBA has been setting monetary policy for the states that have been racing ahead because of their exposure to the mining sector. It is only in the last couple of months that we have seen interest rates pull back in deference to the rest of the Australian economy. Retailers, builders and consumer-related companies have been doing it tough in the past couple of years.
Our new IRESS-based trading platforms (including Market Analyser 7 and The Bourse 7) give clients access to our proprietary D2MX Trade Tool set. Today we’re going to use these tools to identify stocks that are challenged in this economic environment and those that are outperforming.
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Figure 1: D2MX Trade Tools Menu
Scanning for Outperforming Stocks
First we look for stocks that are in a rising trend and are making new highs. Using the Analyser Wizard tool we scan for stocks with:
• Rising medium-term trends with the 40 day moving average above the 150 day moving average
• Plus, rising short-term trends with the 13 day moving average above the 40 day moving average
• And, to ensure that there is short-term momentum, we make sure that the stock price has made a new high in the last 10 days.
Figure 2: The D2MX Analyser Wizard – Uptrending Stocks Scan
Scanning for Underperforming Stocks
Here we look for stocks that are in a falling trend and are making new lows. Using the Analyser Wizard we scan for stocks with:
• Falling medium-term trends with the 40 day moving average below the 150 day moving average
• Plus, falling short-term trends with the 13 day moving average below the 40 day moving average
• And, to ensure that there is short-term momentum, we make sure that the stock price has made a new low in the last 10 days.
Figure 3: The D2MX Analyser Wizard – Downtrending Stocks Scan
One of the recurring criticisms about this market is the lack of liquidity and trading volumes, which are as little as 50% of what they were just over a year ago. With this in mind we used the ASX 100 for our list of stocks that we are interested in trading.
The Uptrending Stocks scan produced a list of 22 potential trading candidates that are in an uptrend in the medium- and shorter-term and have recently made new highs (see the list below). An interesting aside is that this list has a high proportion of companies that are delivering high yields, which says something about of the state of investors’ psyche at the moment.
Figure 4: Results of Uptrending Stocks scan run on 18 July 2012
The Downtrending Stocks scan produced a list of 17 potential trading candidates that are in a downtrend in the medium and shorter-term and have recently made new lows. You will note that this list is dominated by stocks from the mining and energy sectors, which have clearly underperformed in the Aussie market in the run up since last October.
Figure 5: Results of Downtrending Stocks scan run on 18 July 2012
To give you an idea about the types of stocks the scans highlighted, I have provided a couple of sample charts for CSL and Macquarie Bank below.
Chart: CSL (CSL) – in a clear uptrend and moving higher
Chart: Macquarie Bank (MQG) – in a clear downtrend
There is no doubt that this is a challenging market for investors, but using some simple tools that D2MX can provide through its IRESS Trader platform you can quickly highlight stocks that are suitable for your investment outlook. This analysis can be done on a regular basis and should take you no more than five minutes.
If you want to try a Long/Short strategy you can do that too through the use of Mini Warrants, which have been discussed in earlier articles, by going Long the outperforming stock(s), while Shorting the underperforming stock(s). Refer to:
Warrant Trading for All Types of Market Environments Series
Part 1 – Shorting With Limited Risk Using MINIs
Part 2 – Boosting Dividend Yield Using Warrants
Utilise the D2MX features in the IRESS Trader platform to select your trades, according to your market view. You will save time and potentially increase your returns by trading with the trend.
Contact me at D2MX Trading on 1300 610 024 and I can help you trade, using a number of strategies that will give you the tools to navigate this market and help you boost your returns on investment.
Investment Adviser D2MX Trading
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