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The TSX Composite's Monthly View

08/09/07 09:22:13 AM
by Gary Grosschadl

The Toronto Stock Exchange has outpaced the Dow Jones Industrial Average since the big runup started late in 2002.

Security:   $TSX
Position:   Sell

For the first time, this Canadian index surpassed the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) as it recently hit a peak just over 14,600 vs the DJIA 14,000. The extra juice came from the heavier oil and gas weighting. These indexes will probably stay neck-and-neck for a while unless oil prices plunge.

A stock or an index on a strong run will stay above its 20-period exponential moving average (EMA), and this was aptly illustrated (Figure 1). Note the doji candlestick marking the bottom on this chart. Dojis often mark important turning points. Confirmation of a turnaround came in two flavors. The index finally beat overhead 20-day EMA resistance and the directional movement indicator at the top of the chart flashed a buy signal (directional indicators crossed over). Now a topping formation has appeared on this chart via a small-bodied candlestick with a long upper shadow. Whether you call this a near doji or a shooting star candlestick, the top warning remains the same. Confirmation comes with the completion of the August candlestick and subsequent ability to beat the previous high-water mark.

FIGURE 1: TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE (S&P/TSX COMPOSITE), MONTHLY. How far will she go? Will this be a modest dip or a bigger correction?
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Two downside targets are considered on this monthly chart (Figure 1). Note how the 20-day EMA and the 50-day EMA currently relate to previous support and resistance levels marked by horizontal lines. If support holds at the 20-day EMA, the strong uptrend is intact. If that support fails, the 50-day EMA may come into play, currently 11,000. Should that also fail, a major decline is likely under way under the 10,000 level.

The indicators under the chart show mixed sentiment. The moving average convergence/divergence (MACD) still shows a strong uptrend, but its histogram does show negative divergence. This sometimes reveals a coming change or reversal ahead.

The relative strength index (RSI) shows an overbought condition not likely to continue much longer. The stochastic oscillator also reflects this overbought condition. When the market is in a strong uptrend, this oscillator will stick high, as it's considered a nontrending indicator.

In summary, an adage comes to mind: What goes up must come down.

It's been a grand run. How far down does she go? Will this be a modest dip down or a bigger correction? Only the market knows for sure, but charts help navigate the waters and hopefully keep some of us off the rocks, should a perfect storm arise.

Gary Grosschadl

Independent Canadian equities trader and technical analyst based in Peterborough
Ontario, Canada.

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