The small resources share price index is set to break an important barrier

John Robertson


The small resources share price index is set to break an important barrier. The index is seasonally weak in June. There have only been six occasions in the last 20 years in which the index has realised a positive return in June. End of financial year portfolio adjustments would normally contribute to the seasonal weakness in the index. With only one more trading day to go, the index is 3.1% higher than its close at the end of May breaking a sequence of negative returns in each year since 2006. A positive June result, when it has happened in the past, has been a sign of unusually strong market conditions (e.g. 2003-05). A modest gain this month would be consistent with the late 1990s low volatility theme outlined in the PortfolioDirect investment report over the past several months.

John Robertson is Chief Investment Strategist for PortfolioDirect a provider of resource sector investment stock ratings and portfolio strategies for mining and oil and gas investors. He has worked as a policy economist, corporate business...


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