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Commodity Stocks Try To Bounce - Canadian Market Review

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After the Canadian market drifted lower through the month of May, the first few days of June have seen a bounce. As the G20 finance people meet in Japan, with promises for more QE and Fed chairman Jay Powell offering up potential rate cuts as the market sits within a few percent of the all time highs, the markets have tried to avoid pricing in the ramifications from slower trade globally.

The Canadian market couldn't be more muted in the three big sectors, Financials, Energy and Materials. However, within Technology, Shopify (SHOP.TO) has soared in the 6 months since the December low. The software company has made a price surge up 150% and investors are clamoring to buy the small company, pushing the stock price higher.

The chart looks beautiful. SHOP.TO has been the number one stock in Canada consistently this year. 

The Canadian Industrials are a mixed bag, but the heavy weighting of Railroads and Airlines are holding up nicely, with the two big airline deals (Westjet and Air Transat) and the railroads continuing to track higher highs. CN Rail is a few percent off the highs this week. 

The Energy sector is testing 2016 lows; this looks like an interesting place to buy some energy names with a tight stop. Commodities need to be bought near their lows and sold near their highs. It is very hard to buy new 52-week high breakouts and make substantial money in commodities. 

There is a complete review on this week's video, which you can watch by clicking this link.

Good trading,

Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA
Senior Technical Analyst, StockCharts.com
Author, Stock Charts For Dummies


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About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com specializing in intermarket and commodities analysis. Based in Calgary, he is a board member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and the chairman of the CSTA Calgary chapter. He is an active member of both the Market Technicians Association (MTA) and the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA). Learn More
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