Chart of the week: The bull case for Metro Bank shares

by John Burford from interactive investor |

Sentiment is at rock bottom, which makes it a possible prime candidate for this successful analyst's Buy Low/Sell High list.

Metro Bank has few friends – and that's why I like it!

What a sorry story this is! Metro Bank (LSE:MTRO) launched in 2010 was billed as the first new High Street UK bank to appear in many years – and was set to shake up the cosy banking 'cartel' of the usual suspects.  And its timing appeared perfect as memories of the 2007/2008 Credit Crunch bail-out of the 'too big to fail' majors were fresh in the mind.

Well, the only thing that was shaken up was the shareholders who have seen the share value plummet from the 400p high in March 2018 to last week's low under 40p for a staggering loss of 90%. That is some shake-up!

The bank's woes have been well reported and its shares were one of the most shorted on the London Stock Exchange. And last week they plunged another 20% on Thursday following poor results.

Virtually no pundit now has a good word to say for Metro Bank, with most advising either selling up or avoiding.  Sentiment is at rock bottom – and that makes it a possible prime candidate for my Buy Low/Sell High list.

But to determine its suitability, I go to the all-important charts (as ever).  Here is the weekly long-term picture:

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

The 90% collapse in the share price is travelling along my very tidy tramline pair and in five waves, with the market currently in the final fifth wave (that may not have ended).

And note the huge momentum divergence in place which indicates selling pressure is rapidly drying up. This is getting interesting!So, let’s now focus on the fifth wave on the 4-hour chart:

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And this wave also sports a five-wave structure with the current market in the final wave 5 of 5.  And I have a very large momentum divergence on this scale, too. Hmm.

So, let's finally close in on that purple fifth wave on the 2-hour chart for further clues:

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

And, once again, I have a pretty tramline pair working, with this fifth wave also breaking down into a smaller five wave pattern.  The market is currently in its fifth wave, placing it in wave 5 of 5 of 5.  And that terminal position sets up a potentially very strong base to support a vigorous rally.

Combining that with the crucial support from the lower tramline, and the momentum divergence on all three scales, I have a very strong bullish case.  In addition, the hedge fund shorts should be wondering if there is any more downside to squeeze out given the 90% collapse.

If I am right, we should see a rally to the 500p area and then a possible assault on the 2,000p resistance to attack the upper gap.  And since large gaps usually get filled in eventually, will that process start from around here?

The danger is if the shares continue their collapse near term to well below the 350p level that would cancel out my analysis.  But I set these odds much lower.

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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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