Choosing Which Cruise to Take
- Posted by Greg Harmon
- on November 28th, 2011
As winter approaches it is a ritual, especially for those in the New York Metropolitan area, to plan your cruise for the January or February timeframe. Carnival Corporation, $CCL, and Royal Caribbean Cruises, $RCL, both offer great alternatives, so how do you choose? Well one way is to compare the stock charts. I hear you laughing but consider this for a minute. Does the stock price and the trajectory of one stock in a sector as measured against another offer any value in this decision? What drives a company’s stock higher and another lower? Profits are one thing but what about bookings? Maybe this is not so silly. So let’s look at the ratio chart of the price of Carnival Corporation against that of Royal Caribbean Cruises to see what we can learn.
The chart above shows that $CCL is a clear winner over $RCL for the last 8 months. From October to late November that trend reversed lower but has now started to move back in favor of $CCL again. It broke above resistance at 1.25 last week and started moving higher. There is resistance at 1.33 and the 1.47 higher. Support comes at 1.175 and 1.15 below 1.25. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) is trending and moving sharply higher and the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) indicator is positive and increasing. Friday the ratio touched resistance at 1.33 and pulled back slightly, creating a trading opportunity.
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Gregory W. Harmon CMT, CFA, has traded in the Securities markets since 1986. He has held senior positions including Head of Global Trading, Head of Product Development, Head of Strategy and Director of Equity. (More)
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