, which is the search for and analysis of in , can become very complex and mathematical. Literally thousands of have been developed which claim to improve the ’s probability of being right when determining the moment when a share’s price turns. In our experience, the best approach is to choose a few and become thoroughly familiar with them – so that you develop a “feel” for their interpretation.
One of the best indicators is the humbleand it has the great benefit of also being one of simplest. A trendline is a straight line connecting two or more “ ” in a . These touch points are the high points when the share is falling, and the low points when it is rising. Very often trendlines connect more than just two touch points and the general rule is that the more touch points a trendline has, the more reliable it becomes.
Let us look at the example of Grand Parade Investments (GPI). Consider the chart:
You can see here that Grand Parade’s shares had been falling for a four-year period from October 2014 to September 2018. This was due to its disastrous foray into the fast-food business. The bought and tried to run various overseas food franchises, including Dunkin Doughnuts, Baskin Robins and Burger King. Eventually it made the decision to sell these franchises and focus on its gaming businesses. Notice that the downward trendline has six touch points which we have highlighted with red arrows. This makes it a very reliable trendline. We advised investors to wait for an .
Once that decision to get out of the food business was taken, the share began to recover and broke up through the trendline on 27th August 2018 at 201c. After that it did well until the start of the pandemic in 2020, which had a very negative impact on both casinos and restaurants.
The share fell heavily and, once again, we advised waiting for an upside breakout through the downward trendline. That upside break came on 18th September 2020 at a price of 190c. Since then, the share has risen to its current price of 348c – a gain of 83% in just over a year.
Its stake in Burger King was the last food asset to go after some temporary and irrational resistance from the Competition Commission. Burger King and the Grand Foods Meat Plant were sold in a deal worth R570m. Last Thursday (11-11-21) the company announced that an amount of R465,4m had been received, of which about R88m had to be used to settle, but the balance was to be given to shareholders in a of 88c per share.
This, of course, is subject to (DWT) of 20% - so will actually receive 70,4c per share – which they can add to the substantial which they have already made.
So, we advise you to apply trendlines – especially, to shares which have fallen heavily or for a protracted period – and then simply wait for an upside break. Note that trendlines can also be used to determine when anhas ended. Looking at the above chart try to see where upward trendlines could be positioned.
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