The $TSX continues to inch higher week after week, suggesting that my caution in February was unwarranted. However, this week marks options expiration, as I mentioned early in the month. While the US market seems to find these dates important, the Canadian market finds them definitely important.
- June 2017 - Market consolidates sideways after a gentle drift lower
- September 2017 - Market closes same as June OE level, starts breakout
- December 2017 - Market breaks out above consolidation
- March 2018 - Final high before a 5% drop
- June 2018 - Ends the bull market run, starts top consolidation
- September 2018 - Market drops 2500 points from that date
- December 2018 - Marks the low, starts rally of 17%
- March 2019 - With the PPO so high, I am not expecting the outcome to be higher, so my bias is down. Maybe a sideways consolidation a la June 2018?
I booked a note in my journal on February 25th, in which I expected the Marijuana names to top out. They proceeded to push higher from there. While the ETF for the group has not outperformed the $SPX, the ETF has not broken down either. After the PPO started moving lower in February, with a lower high compared to September, it looked to me that the end was near. The price action is still hovering around the $22 level and the last three days have made lows right above the line.
I would suggest that these stocks did not participate in the new momentum from ACB.TO. The bottom line is that I still think extreme caution is warranted. One stock was up almost 25% this week, but the ETF did not make a higher high on the week, which is notable.
One of the other things to consider is the individual sector performance in Canada since the Santa Claus lows. Needless to say, the healthcare sector has been a standout. The marijuana industry has been the weighty contributor to the healthcare rally. The chart below shows the sector performance as compared to the $TSX. I have added the Marijuana ETF to the end. Information tech has done well, with the $100 move in SHOP.TO.
Looking at the absolute performance rather than the relative performance, we can see how each sector has done. Financials have been one of the worst performers. I think it's important to note that, without the marijuana names running, the $TSX is not exactly running away.
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