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Thread: Time to Harvest Profits in Agribusiness?

  1. Default Time to Harvest Profits in Agribusiness?

    Agricultural stocks and commodities have significantly outperformed the market over the past two months and it finally made front page news last week after the HUGE takeover bid for Potash (POT) from BHP Billiton (BHP). Officially BHP is still chasing its kill and one must ask if this will end up like the failed Rio Tinto takeover circa 2007 that led to investors’ loss of interest. At any rate, this activity has fueled a monster move in the AgriBusiness (MOO) sector with a 16.8% outperformance of the market since July 1. The merger activity was sparked by the consensus estimate that agricultural commodities and the sheer price of food will increase at rates higher than expected.

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    Agriculture commodities are moving higher – the PowerShares Ag Fund is up almost 10% since July, doubling the market’s performance over the same period. Of course, all things come to an end eventually, but I believe it’s too early to harvest profits. Every day I use three unique systems to analyze exchange traded funds on three different time frames (I call it the 3X3 strategy) so let’s walk through the current analysis on MOO using some of my TRADR strategies – you’ll find that MOO can still provide good nourishment for your portfolio.

    Unlike many traders I’m not afraid to jump on a strong technically ‘overbought’ trend, I’ve found that the strongest trends continue to persist.

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    It’s hard to believe, but we’re just two months away from the mid-term election of a first term president, which have historically very bullish. According to Jefferey Hirsch (Stock Traders’ Almanac) the US stock market (SPY) has not seen a loss in the third year of an election cycle since 1939, period. What’s the bottom line for you and me? The fourth quarter is likely to be a great time to buy with respect to the following year.

    This is where it gets hard. The current market is essentially trendless and now leaning to the bear side after last week so it’s hard to catch a falling knife. So what do you do? Whenever the market is weak smart traders and investors look for the leaders that lead the reversals. In this market that leader is clear, AgriBusiness (MOO), which has emerged as the leader in the previous week and it’s likely to lead the coming seasonal rally. Overall, don’t get to anxious to take profits on your agricultural based stocks or ETFs, they are likely to be persistent leaders.

    Ag Commodity vs. Ag Stock - OK, let’s step back from the seasonal patterns and take a look at real time data with a real a trading system. There are a lot of relationships worth following in the market; NASDAQ vs S&P500, Gold Miners vs Gold, Dollar vs or AgriBusiness vs Ag-commodities (which we will focus on today). These relationships provide an insightful look into future price action, specifically when you look at relative strength. The chart below says it all.

    Relative strength of any relationship can be determined by a simple process, here are the steps to creating an effective timing guide using relationships in the market.

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