Technical Analysis - War Time

Our Equities Trader, Roberto Russo, discusses Technical Analysis during this war time period.

It is no secret that war makes money.

This has posed one of the biggest moral and social dilemmas people face during these periods of time. The chart below shows how the index has performed during specific conflicts:

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After some initial setbacks, once the conflict or war is declared, the indexes go on to outperform and return sustainable gains in the foreseeable future.

Let's use the Russian-Ukraine conflict as an example. The chart below is how the price of oil has moved as of late:

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Source: Reuters

In short, with higher prices, the major producers are set to benefit from the overwhelming demand for non-Russian crude oil, therefore pushing the price per share of companies like Woodside Petroleum (ASX:WPL) and Beach Petroleum (ASX:BPT) in a dramatic upwards move. 


Woodside Petroleum Limited (ASX:WPL)


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Russia also accounts for a 40% global supply in palladium, 10% of the supply of nickel, and a 6% supply of aluminium, forcing the spot prices upwards and thus, the commodity producers following suit.


Palladium Futures (PA1!)

Screen Shot 2022-03-07 at 2.17.02 pmThe demand for commodities was quite high before the conflict began, now with sanctions and logistical issues around Europe, we are seeing a snowball effect play out for the base and precious metals, with producers reaping the rewards.


Nickel Mines Limited (ASX:NIC)

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The conflict seems to be lasting longer than most people may have expected it to, putting constant pressure on the XAO (ASX All Ords) and the DJI (Dow Jones) indexes as people look to minimise their growth stocks and look for safer alternatives, what's mainly cash focused.




Whilst having liquidity available is always a good thing, cycling a portfolio to take advantage of the current situation presents a great opportunity to make short-term trades that potentially mitigate any growth losses.

Feel free to contact me directly about any of the mentioned stocks or pop into our Adelaide Office! 


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