Technical analysis

Filling the Gap with a Long Call Spread
October 09, 2020
Bullish Outlook

Filling the Gap with a Long Call Spread

Patrick Ceresna

During the COVID crisis the stock market declined, but energy stocks were particularly hard hit as the price of oil plunged to levels never before seen.  During the panic selling, one of Canada’s largest energy companies, Suncor Energy (ticker SU) left a gap from $33.52 to $30.19. (A down gap is where the price opens on the...

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Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF
October 05, 2020
Bullish Outlook

Cash-Secured Put Writing on the iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF

Patrick Ceresna

Although the broad Canadian stock market index has almost recovered to its pre-COVID crisis high, there is one sector that has lagged badly.  The energy sector has not recovered to anywhere near the levels seen in early 2020. Chart 1: iShares S&P/TSX Capped Energy ETF (symbol XEG) 2019-2020 Source: Bloomberg For those who...

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What the Options Market Thinks About Earnings
September 09, 2020
Technical analysis

What the Options Market Thinks About Earnings

Steve Sosnick

Use Your Interactive Brokers Trader Workstation to See What the Options Market Thinks About Earnings Expectations During earnings season, investors become justifiably concerned with analysts’ expectations for a company’s earnings and revenues. While analysts’ estimates provide an important framework for decision-making...

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Maximizing Technical Analysis with Options Trading
August 06, 2019
Concepts

Maximizing Technical Analysis with Options Trading

Tony Zhang

As a market strategist and practitioner of technical analysis for over a decade, I have spent my share of time studying indicators, price patterns and trading strategies. Having worked with thousands of clients on technical based strategies, I find that the most important aspect of trading is trade and risk management....

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Writing Put Options on a Support Level
May 16, 2019
Concepts

Writing Put Options on a Support Level

Martin Noël

As the following chart shows, the price of shares in George Weston Limited (WN) is down slightly from its recent high of $102.30, and it could stabilize at a support level of around $98.00. This is close to the current level of its 34-day moving average (on April 29, 2019). Furthermore, we can see that the stock’s RSI 5...

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1 year ago
Selling call options at resistance
November 29, 2018
Technical analysis

Selling call options at resistance

Martin Noël

As we can see from the following chart, the share price of Canada Goose Holdings Inc. (GOOS) just hit the $90 resistance level after a major 50% rally in just one month. We can also see that the RSI (5) has fallen, while the stochastic indicator shows it is in overbought territory (%K ). This situation is an indication of a...

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A bearish diagonal spread on a resistance level
November 19, 2018
Technical analysis

A bearish diagonal spread on a resistance level

Martin Noël

As the following chart shows, the price of shares in Bank of Nova Scotia (The) (BNS) has been on a downward trend over the last 12 months. Over the last few weeks, the price has stabilized in a corridor of $69 to $72, and it has faced resistance when it reached the 30-day moving average. The chart shows that, in the last year,...

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2 years ago
Taking advantage of a bull triangle
June 20, 2018
Technical analysis

Taking advantage of a bull triangle

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the price of shares in Colliers International Group (CIGI) has clearly been on a bullish trend since the stock bottomed out at $58.51 on September 19, 2017. We can see that the 200-day moving average (in red) provided support when the price fell in February 2018, and that, throughout the series,...

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Selecting the Optimal Put Option
May 29, 2018
Technical analysis

Selecting the Optimal Put Option

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the price of shares in CGI Group Inc. (GIB.A) has reached an all-time high. We can also see that the RSI (Relative Strength Index) indicator and the stochastic oscillator (%K) are both in oversold territory. In the past, this has been followed by corrections that brought the stock price back down...

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Making the most of a lower price for shares of Dollarama Inc.
February 28, 2018
Technical analysis

Making the most of a lower price for shares of Dollarama Inc.

Martin Noël

As the following graph shows, the share price of Dollarama Inc. (DOL) fell $22.60, from a high of $170.00 reached on January 29 to a low of $147.40 on February 9, 2018. DOL then rallied to $158.97, right up to the level of its moving averages. Since then, the stock has been below its moving averages, and if it continues to...

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