ASX200: Dead Cat

Technicals | Mar 03 2020

By Michael Gable 

After a horror week in share markets, those who took some off the table early last week are naturally looking for the chance to take advantage of these cheaper levels. In today's report we have a chart of the S&P/ASX 200 Index (XJO) to show you how we think it will all play out. When it is time to buy again, the most important thing to remember is to aim for quality stocks. For example, if CSL is down 10% alongside a bunch of dogs that have also fallen in value, where do you think the smart money is going to head to? It will use this opportunity to finally buy the quality names, not scoop up the stuff that was going backwards when times were good.

In the short term though, there should be a little bounce on the market and that can be a chance to take up a few shorter-term opportunities.

Since the GFC, we have noticed that major corrections in the Australian market tend to see it retrace about 50% – 60% of the previous move. In terms of the rally that commenced at the end of 2018, this current retracement should see support come in between the horizontal blue lines on the chart above. However, the other thing we have noticed is that when the market notches up several days in a row of bloodshed, the first bounce is usually sold into. That is, we get a bounce for about a week but then the selling kicks back in as it is "too soon" for investors to trust the market. That often leads to a pullback again (although more gradual) which could last a month or two. This second pullback can often surpass the previous low point (which would be yesterday's low). By then, ample time has passed for the market to digest everything a bit more rationally and then it can move higher. That is, going off yesterday's price action, we expect a bounce here in the short term, but are aware that we may well see another dip back under 6,200 again before the market is properly ready to head higher in a sustainable way.

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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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