17 Jul 2008 @ 11:43 AM 

Standard Bank – 16 July 2008


Standard Bank’s share price has taken a bit of a hammering since October 2007. Here is an overview of the last 13 or so years:
SBK price peaked last year, then fell hard

I have included the software’s phasing along the bottom of the chart – where (if your eyes are particularly sharp!) you might be able to see that the 54-month (4 1/2 year) cycle is identified as having formed troughs in 1998, and 2003. The software is predicting that the next 54-month trough is overdue, so we should be expecting a fairly dramatic turn up. Here is the last 18-month cycle, as phased by the software (which in fact spans about 2 years, thanks to the Principle of Variation):

18-month, perhaps 54-month trough is due

Notice at the right side of the chart, the inverse pyramid of gray-shaded phasing bubbles. This is how the software presents the fact that a large nest-of-lows is expected. Now see if you can spot the vertical column of question marks on top of the gray pyramid. This indicates that the software thinks that the expected nest-of-lows has already occurred, on the 3rd of July. Why question marks, and not phasing diamonds? Because there is not yet enough evidence that the trough (which is a really big one) has really occurred. However if you look at the chart below, showing the buy and sell zones, you can see that price is already well into the BUY zone, and so it seems highly likely that this share is ready to turn up. The target for the upward movement is around 11500.

Software predicting a move UP to around 11500

Looking in even more detail at the last 2 1/2 months: a break of the 20 day Valid Trend Line would confirm that the recent trough (of 3rd July) is a trough of at least 40 day strength. This is good enough, considering the extended nature of all cycles at this point to confirm that this is the trough of 54-month strength. Note that 54-month troughs are hard to pin-point exactly given the few cycles of one greater degree (the 9 year cycle) present in the available data, and so I am reluctant to be dogmatic about the 54-month strength of this nest-of-lows, however it is at least an 18-month nest-of-lows. The 20 day VTL is passing through 7735 today (1 day after the end of data), and so a potential entry point could be set at 7750, or to be safer one could use the last 10-day cycle peak of 7889, implying a potential entry price of about 7900.

20 day VTL is good trigger

Potential:Risk ratio very good around 7900Here is the Potential:Risk evaluation of the situation: you will see that an entry of 7900 gives us an extremely promising PR ratio of over 4, and an expected gross% return of over 40%, which annualized is about 180% – and this is not considering a margined, or single stock future trade. All-in-all the software is indicating that Standard Bank is in a position to turn around.

Please note that this is a discussion of the cyclic analysis performed by Thinking Trading Software on the share price of Standard Bank. It is NOT a recommendation of a trade. All articles and comments on this website are presented as a discussion of the efficacy of the software to analyze the cyclic movement of stock market prices. I am doing this to create a record of analysis by the software over time. DO NOT consider this to be trading advice or recommendation. I am not qualified to offer trading advice … I merely offer this information as a commentary on the software.

As I build this website I am gradually adding to the glossary, which explains some of the more technical terms. If there’s something that confuses you, that hasn’t made it into the glossary, or if you are interested in this sort of analysis, and would like to discuss it, or would like me to consider a particular share of interest to you, please let me know by adding a comment to this post, or by email: david@sentientcode.com.

Tags Categories: Beautiful Charts, Calling the Market Posted By: admin
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