Chart of the week: Is massive upside imminent?

by John Burford from interactive investor |

These shares have been in steady decline, but sector consolidation is underway, and this company could be involved. Chart signals are positive too.   

Can Tenneco rise from the dead?

Tenneco (NYSE:TEN) is a major US car parts supplier that has seen its shares collapse in the great auto parts sector shake-out as the electric vehicle (EV) revolution motors on.  

With far fewer parts to replace that in conventional petrol/diesel powered vehicles, the advent of EVs has exploded a mine under that sector.

The shares were once trading at over $70 two years ago, but cratered to a low of $8.60 last Thursday for a stunning loss of 88% in two years.   

Just on that basis alone, I am considering putting it on my Buy Low/Sell High list.  But I have other reasons to believe the shares can start a major rally phase from here or nearby.  There is at least a swing trade available, or even an investment as it becomes a takeover candidate since consolidation in the sector appears assured.

One of the factors inducing the bearish sentiment is the high debt load, which is certainly a drag on profitability.  But in its defence, there are many countries such as India, where the EV revolution will likely manifest much later than here and the USA.  And these nations possess a lot of conventionally-powered vehicles.

Here are the charts I prepared last week for clients just before Friday's 10% surge.

This is the daily chart showing the move off the all-time high in 2017, with the latest move lower tracing out a clear ‘five down’ that is contained between my excellent tramline pair.  

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

There are several points to note. First is the possible 'overshoot' reversal signal below the lower tramline that would be confirmed by a move back inside the trading channel.  Overshoots are areas of selling exhaustion that often precede vigorous reversals.

Second is the large momentum divergence at last Thursday's low, which confirms selling pressure is about spent.  Third is the fact the market is in the final fifth wave which is always an ending wave. Of course, I cannot say with certainty that this fifth wave has terminated, but it surely is near its end.

These factors point to one thing: an upside reversal is here or is nearby, and it is likely to be strong.  

For additional clues, here is a close-up of the fifth wave:

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

Again, I have a five-wave structure within another very good tramline pair with highly accurate touch points. And we are in the final fifth wave of that larger fifth wave – and, even on this scale, we have a huge momentum divergence.

The bottom line: we are at or very near a massive upside reversal.  My first target is the open gap at the $15-$20 zone.  If investors do smell a takeover, then the $35 region is certainly possible.  

Already, deals are being proposed in this sector.  Tower International has just received a bid $12 above its previous closing price of $18.  Could something similar be in store for Tenneco?

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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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