Chart of the week: Are buyers in control at Sirius Minerals?

by John Burford from interactive investor |

Roughed up after hitting a two-year peak last August, our technical analyst has spotted a low-risk opportunity to trade Sirius shares now.

Is Sirius Minerals really a dog of a share?

Sirius Minerals (LSE:SXX) is a well-named mining company as it has been living up to its astronomical name recently – Sirius is the Dog Star.  It has certainly been performing like a dog of the London Stock Exchange since the shares have halved from the August 40p high to the current 20p. But is this dog about to leap up?

As Mark Twain famously defined a mine: a hole in the ground with a liar at the top. But that may be too strong for this company as it has proven reserves of the right kind of potash (fertilizer). 

However, in common with every mining development in the UK, getting it out of the ground has faced huge practical and regulatory hurdles.

And those pressures have been weighing on the share price in recent months, with funding concerns for completion of the mine adding to worries.

But with the shares now half of their value, and short interest running at 7%, has the 'bad news' been fully discounted? Time to examine the charts – here is the long term weekly:

Source: interactive investor    Past performance is not a guide to future performance

The all-time high was made in 2016 at the 52p level as bullish fervour ran rampant. But, as can be seen from the chart, this is no 'buy-and-hold' share. At 20p, it is trading at the same level as in 2011 - a full eight years ago. Unless holding a small stake, can anyone say they would be prepared to do that for that length of time?  

However, there may be light at the end of the tunnel as I believe a rally phase approaches.

We have a strong momentum divergence at this low, which is a Fibonacci 62% retracement of the entire rally, which is the most common retracement percentage. This is where many counter-trend moves begin, so will that occur here?

Source: interactive investor   Past performance is not a guide to future performance

This is the daily chart showing the impressive Fib 62% support and resistance zones and, on this scale, the momentum divergence shows up clearly. 

Buyers taking control

Remember, a momentum divergence is showing that the selling pressure is drying up as buyers start to take control.

I believe a buy here represents a low-risk opportunity, and my target is the 30-35p area which would close the September gap. There may be higher potential, depending on developments later this year.

John Burford is the author of the definitive text on his trading method, Tramline Trading. He is also a freelance contributor and not a direct employee of interactive investor.

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