Back in July of last year I wrote about the W bottom pattern that had formed in Vietnam’s stock market ( “Good morning, Vietnam”). It occurred after a long one and half year downtrend that was followed by a one and half year sideways consolidation potential bottom. At the time I mentioned that If it broke out above the upper blue resistance line and held, it suggested an upside target of $18, a 20% move higher. The chart I posted at that time was:
Fast forward 6 months and I am happy to report VNM closed at $18 yesterday as you can see in the updated chart below.
As always, when our targets are met we have to ask, “what now?” My investing rules are such that if my upside target is achieved, I am required to sell at least half of the position. In the case of VNM, because the chart still looks constructive and there appears to be more room to the upside (2014 prior highs near $21 is the next target), an investor should consider selling just ½ and letting the rest run. Of course, each person needs to make those decisions based upon their own risk tolerance. If you decide to hang on to some shares, be aware you will need to give it some room to wiggle as it is currently very overbought and due for a pullback/consolidation before a big move higher can occur. For those that are watching and wishing, do not chase, the next opportunity is just around the corner