Tradable Lows in the Canadian Technology Sector

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Understanding market technicals becomes a very important tool when emotion takes over and price swings don’t make sense. This is especially true during times of uncertainty and periods of market volatility like we're experiencing now. Many people consider technical analysis voodoo and refer to it as people drawing lines on a stock chart. Although the drawing lines part might be true, technical analysis is about documenting investors psychology. Resistance and support levels, trendlines, market breadth and the VIX (market volatility index) are all created by fear and greed (people’s emotions). My job as a chartist is to document that fear and greed.

What most people don’t understand is that the stock market will bottom before the bearish news flow hits its peak. If anyone has tuned into the news, they’d think the sky was falling. I have also noticed through my interactions that investor psychology has flipped and in my “opinion” it is wrong. Many people were wrongly trying to buy every dip on the way down (wrongly attempting to guess a bottom). This pattern has lead to investors becoming too scared to look for buyable dips and are now resorting to selling at any chance they get.

I like to use the S&P500 as my trend indicator and the VIX as my fear gauge. As the old saying goes, "a rising tide will float all boats". When the S&P500 moves higher it forces money into most equities and causes the VIX index to collapse.

“The first two charts of the SPY and VIX index I’ll being using the 60-minute (timeframe) in order to zoom in on price action.”

First, I’ll look at the S&P500 price action via the SPY ETF that tracks the movement of the index. Right now, price is threatening to break above a major horizontal resistance line while investors are scared. The media keeps feeding into that fear while many investors feel like a deer in headlights after experiencing the rapid selloff. I don’t like to make predictions, but I like to watch and react. Right now, I’m watching the horizontal resistance line highlighted on the chart. A price move above that line would create a scenario where cash on sidelines is forced to race into the market causing short sellers to cover. The stock market always finds a way to hurt the most and this scenario would definitely hurt the most as investors are left on the sidelines.

Graph of SPY

When looking at a daily chart of the SPY posted below, I highlighted the trigger line (horizontal resistance) and the upside pocket of air which identifies the first real level of upside resistance. That pocket of air leads to approximately 280 with the 200-day moving average just below 300 (which often acts as a price magnet).

Graph of SPY - Daily


To identify clues that support this scenario, I used a 60-minute chart of the VIX (posted below). The VIX tends to rise when markets fall and investors reach for stock protection through the options market. As one can see, the VIX index has failed to make new highs (stuffed by the horizontal resistance line) and is now forming a bearish rounded top reversal pattern (or what I like to refer to as a leaky faucet right before the taps are turned on). A collapsing VIX would be bullish for stock prices as they continue to climb the wall of worry.

Graph of VIX


This leads me to the tradable lows in the Canadian technology sector. I don’t know if these patterns will mark the absolute bottom, but they are offering nice risk / reward setups to shoot against.


After falling over 40% from the highs, CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) is now attempting to complete a bottoming triangle pattern while the RSI indicator suggests the beginning of upside momentum. This price action has started to occur while the ADX indicator is rolling over from a rarely seen reading of 70. Combined, this price action is very bullish and suggests some type of mean reversion trade has begun. One can define risk setting a stop-loss order at the bottom of the pattern or near the recent lows.

Graph of BIB/A  

Constellation Software (TSX:CSU)

Today I’m using the 60 minute chart to zoom in on the price action of Constellation Software (TSX:CSU). Price action is now pushing higher from a bullish rounded bottom pattern. The price labels show how the stock first put in a double bottom at 1076.34 then the retest at 1078.02 (a higher low on the retest which is textbook) followed by an upside ramp to 1298.53. Since, price action has come back to successfully retest the breakout in the form of a bull flag pattern before breaking out above the horizontal resistance line. One must be aware that the 200-day moving average is currently at 1304 with more overhead resistance above. Although, this price action is encouraging.

Graph of CSU

The Descartes Systems (TSX:DSG)

The Descartes Systems (TSX:DSG) is setting up very similar to that of CGI Group. Price action has created a sloppy bottoming triangle while the RSI indicator begins to suggest further upside momentum. The upward hook on the lower Bollinger band is also suggesting that the downside move is overdone. Watch for a breakout from this pattern as an implied measured move would take price to the underside of the 200-day moving average at approximately 52.70.

Graph of DSG


Below is a 60 minute chart of DSG to demonstrate how I use that timeframe to zoom in on price (as one can see it helps takes out the sloppy price movement).

Graph of DSG over 60 min

Open Text (TSX:OTEX) 

Open Text (TSX:OTEX) has completed a short-term bottoming pattern (as shown on the 60 minute chart below). After breaking out from the bottoming channel on the chart, price action ran to 50.07 before coming back to successfully retest the breakout in the form of a bullish wedge. This is a prime example of how it takes time for investor psychology to change as many people were wrongly trying to buy every dip on the way down (attempting to guess a bottom). This pattern has lead to investors becoming too scared to look for buyable dips and are now resorting to selling at any chance they get. The daily chart of Open Text doesn’t have any real upside resistance until the 200-day moving average at approximately 54.86 and the price action on the 60 minute chart is breaking out above a major volume by price resistance line.

Graph of OTEX


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Written by Dwight Galusha from

The author of the article does not own a financial  or other interest in the above-mentioned securities at the time of publishing.