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What the charts say: Stocks to buy amid the TSX selloff

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Two negative breadth observations and a technical target on the TSX:

  • The TSX Advance/Decline line has been trending lower since October and trading below its 20-day moving average.
  • Percentage of stocks above the 50-day moving average has been trending lower since October and broken a key upward trend line.
  • Technically, the TSX looks to be appoaching 13,000 and potentially 12,700 on a spike lower.

What is causing the sell-off?

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  • Sectors that have led the rally, Banks/Industrials, have started to sell off
  • Year-end profit taking
  • QE tapering expectations increasing, thus expectations of higher interest rates in the coming months

When does the selling end?

  • We would suspect that as we approach next week’s Fed meeting on Dec. 18, the FED may offer some level of comfort with respect to interest rates and potentially help fuel a "modest" rally into year-end.

But what stocks to buy? What looks good technically?

  • Switch into CM from BMO. Relative to BMO, CM trades above 50/100/200-day moving averages, a strong technical sign
  • Poor action in the MACD/RSI has not corresponded to poor price action in CM versus BMO, another strong technical sign

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