Railroads are back in an uptrend after the fourth-quarter correction. I like to keep track of the railroads and their relative strength compared to the $SPX. Most recently, the relative strength panel pulled down to the trend line and bounced off again; a nice bullish setup.
Moving to the individual railroads, Kansas City Southern had a monster week. Price soared almost 8%! This follows an already big week last week. Since the December lows, the stock has gone up a massive 22%. The SCTR shows that KSU is moving into the top quadrant for price performance. SCTRS are like a sports ranking system, keeping track of which stocks have the fastest price momentum, and KSU is clearly surging.
Union Pacific is also doing well. The stock is very close to new 52-week highs and its SCTR ranking shows it behaving stronger than 95% of the large-cap stocks. The relative strength is hitting a new high! That is extremely bullish. The full stochastic is moving above 50, which is very bullish. The PPO turning up right at zero is a very solid signal.
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There are some Canadian charts that look outstanding! This is my Canadian Market Review this week.
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