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Wesfarmers: Testing Resistance

Technicals | Aug 08 2023

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By Michael Gable 

Our call from last week that the US market will take a breather seems to be coming to fruition. We still do not expect a sharp pullback yet, as there are still plenty of bears thawing out with cash on the sidelines who are realising that they need to get more involved.

We only need to see the number of analysts slowly backtracking on their recession calls to understand that dips will be bought. Despite the decent bounce overnight in the market, investors still seem to be looking for reasons to lock in a few profits at the moment. A case in point is the discussion around the US 10-year yields. It has spiked recently and with it, the articles describing why we need to be worried.

Let us remind you that for a number of months now, we have been warned about the inverted yield curve. This is where short term yields go higher than the long-term yields. In layman's terms, investors use this as "proof" that recession is on the way because higher rates now will crush the economy and lower yields later on signify the need to stimulate a poor economy.

However, what we are seeing now are those long-term yields move back up. The yield curve is becoming less and less inverted. You may have therefore noticed that whatever the long-term yields do, people will find a bearish case for it. That, in an unscientific way, is how you can tell that the market is due a breather. Investors are looking for reasons to take profits after a decent run – any news is bad news at the moment.

We have US CPI on Thursday and that could provide a catalyst for the next move. We also enter reporting season locally where expectations seem to be fairly low. Do we get a positive surprise or not? Either way, a bit of short-term weakness is healthy here and we should use that over the next several days or so as an opportunity. In terms of stocks, today's report has a chart on Wesfarmes ((WES)).

The WES chart has been fairly messy over the past several weeks, but we are now starting to see a clear level of resistance emerge near $50.

The past few days has seen WES hover near that $50 level which means that it could be getting close to breaking out.

A daily close above $50 with good volumes would be the buy trigger and initial stops could then be placed just under that line. However, if that were to occur, then the next line of resistance is nearby at $52.

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Michael Gable is managing Director of  Fairmont Equities (

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Michael is RG146 Accredited and holds the following formal qualifications:

• Bachelor of Engineering, Hons. (University of Sydney) 
• Bachelor of Commerce (University of Sydney) 
• Diploma of Mortgage Lending (Finsia) 
• Diploma of Financial Services [Financial Planning] (Finsia) 
• Completion of ASX Accredited Derivatives Adviser Levels 1 & 2


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