This Agriculture ETF Might Help Grow Your Portfolio

The agriculture ETF, also known as the ‘Market Vectors Agribusiness ETF’ ($MOO) is set for a major breakout. One that can possible send it to the 2011 highs, which is about 11% away from today’s closing price. A great bullish pattern has taken form over the past couple of months and with a major breakout over the 52.60 area, this I believe will easily float to 58 ish, which is where the 2011 highs sit.

The Chart

As you can see, $MOO has developed a beautiful Inverse Head an Shoulders pattern over the past couple of months. This bodes well for a longer term breakout, as the bigger the pattern, the stronger the move. The neckline is at 52.60, which has also been a major inflection point over the past 7 months. What you would like to see is a breakout over this area on volume and a close above that level. A measured move of this pattern would put your target at ~62.

In my opinion, there would be two ways to play this. One would be to buy a 1/2 position on a pullback to the 20 day SMA. I would then add on a breakout over 52.60 with a stop below my entry price. The second way would be to buy the breakout (if we break out without a pullback) for a full position. You would then stop out for half the position if it closes significantly below the breakout price (52.60). Your final stop (for the rest) would be on a close below the 50.00 level. That would be my max pain. If it closes below that (50.00), that would mean a guaranteed failed breakout and a close below the 200 day SMA (bearish).

But like I said, the pattern bodes well for a high probability trade. While the volume has not been great lately (was good near the bottom), the same thing can be said for the general market. Some of the stocks in this ETF include: $MON (8.1%), $POT.CA (7.8%), $DE (7.1%), $SYT (6.7%), $ADM (4.93%), $MOS (4.54%) and $AGU.CA (3.73%). If you want more exposure and beta, you might be better off playing some of the holdings instead of the ETF. Personally, $MON, $DE and $SYT look the best.


















The only significant resistance that might give $MOO some trouble is this descending trendline on the weekly chart. A close above that would be very bullish. Above the 2011 high, I do not see major resistance until the ~$65 area (2008 highs).



















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