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Break-Up For Santos?

Technicals | Sep 10 2019

By Michael Gable 

We noted last week that the US share market was looking a bit more positive and that we would know within a few days what the next move would be. We finally got that confirmation last week, so in today’s report we have an updated chart of the S&P 500 Index. At the end of last year, the Australian market fell nearly 15%, so despite the huge volatility seen in August, for the moment we thankfully appear to be avoiding that situation again. 

The other observation of ours is that energy stocks are finding some very good buying support, despite the price of oil not making much headway yet. This could be a sign that early positioning is underway in these stocks and an indicator of what might be around the corner for the energy sector, a sector which has been very unloved recently. As a result, in today’s report we have a chart on Santos ((STO)).

We had a look at STO on 27 August and noted that it was a stock worth watching. We advised at the time “STO continues to form a bullish pattern on the chart. The rally in the first part of this year saw the stock head back up to retest the 2018 high. Instead of being sold down heavily, it has formed a flag underneath the old high. This is often a bullish sign as any selling here is met with decent enough buying that the share price cannot head much lower. Once the weakness is out of the way, it should be ready to break the 2018 high. If that were to occur, then we would see a very strong rally from STO.”

We are now seeing signs of STO breaking this flag. It now looks like a buying opportunity. A breach of the 2018 high will provide us with further confidence that we are about to see a decent rally in the STO share price. 

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Michael Gable is managing Director of  Fairmont Equities (

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• 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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