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Santos Finds Support

Technicals | Dec 11 2018

By Michael Gable 

Yesterday was the low and the Santa rally starts today. We wish we could say that with certainty but it is actually starting to look plausible. There have been some false starts as last week, it looked as though the rally was about to happen. But we need to go back to our comments from a few weeks ago: "we are of the view that a dip under 5,600 would be "peak fear" for the current period and that would actually mark an end the current slide. It would lead to a strong bounce starting in December".

Where many commentators see a dip under 5,600 being a big problem for markets and the US being on the brink of recession, it probably means we are in that "peak fear" stage, and the opposite to consensus is the big risk here. That is, we are not going into a recession and markets are going to rally.

Production cuts by OPEC should result in some very nice upside here for energy stocks. Woodside Petroleum (WPL) is the obvious choice right here, but we also have an updated chart of Santos ((STO)) this week for those looking at a bit more bang for their buck.

Our recent commentary two weeks ago noted that the stock had hit support and was looking oversold. Our view was that "there is a good chance that STO bounces from here" and "investors may wish to tentatively buy STO here with a view to top up if it fills the gap". With STO now finding good support off this level, it now looks like it won't fill the gap. More conservative investors may wish to see it make a "higher high" by first pushing through $6. Beyond that we expect resistance to come in near $6.50, and the next level above that is close to $7.

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Michael Gable is managing Director of  Fairmont Equities (

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