Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX:WES) Drop In Coal Production

Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX:WES) Drop In Coal Production

Wesfarmers Ltd (ASX:WES) Drop In Coal Production

Wesfarmers has posted a 3.2 per cent drop in coal production during the June quarter, mainly due to the impact of Cyclone Debbie on the rail network in Queensland that had a flow-on impact on mine operations.

Metallurgical coal production was down 10.1 per cent from the previous quarter to 2.04 million tonnes, while thermal coal production – mostly from NSW’s Hunter Valley – rose 14.4 per cent to 1.015 million tonnes.

The Perth-based conglomerate said that for the full-year to June 30, metallurgical coal output was up 12.5 per cent, while thermal coal production rose 16.5 per cent.

Wesfarmers Limited is engaged in various business operations, such as supermarkets, liquor, hotels and convenience stores; home improvement; office supplies, and an industrials division with businesses in chemicals, energy and fertilizers, industrial and safety products and coal. The Company’s segments include Coles; Home Improvement; Department Stores, which includes Kmart and Target; Office Works; Industrials, which includes Resources, WIS and WesCEF, and Other. Coles is a supermarket retailer, which operates over 770 supermarkets. Bunnings is a retailer of home improvement and outdoor living products in Australia and New Zealand. Kmart is a retailer with approximately 210 stores throughout Australia and New Zealand. Target operates a network of over 300 stores and sells a range of products for the contemporary family, including apparel, homewares and general merchandise. Officeworks is a retailer and supplier of office products and solutions for home, business and education.

Overall, the bias in prices is: Downwards.

Short term: Prices are moving.

Intermediate term: Prices are ranging.

The projected upper bound is: 42.02.

The projected lower bound is: 39.48.

The projected closing price is: 40.75.

WESFARMER FPO SE closed up 0.080 at 40.800. Volume was 47% below average (neutral) and Bollinger Bands were 29% narrower than normal.

Open         High         Low            Close          Volume
40.750      40.910      40.500      40.800      1,176,453

Technical Outlook
Short Term: Neutral
Intermediate Term: Bullish
Long Term: Bearish

Moving Averages: 10-period      50-period      200-period
Close:                       40.70            41.15               42.26
Volatility:                14                   20                   20
Volume:                  1,736,238      2,329,423      2,302,279

Short-term traders should pay closer attention to buy/sell arrows while intermediate/long-term traders should place greater emphasis on the Bullish or Bearish trend reflected in the lower ribbon.

Summary

WESFARMER FPO SE is currently 3.5% below its 200-period moving average and is in an upward trend. Volatility is high as compared to the average volatility over the last 10 periods. Our volume indicators reflect volume flowing into and out of WES.AX at a relatively equal pace (neutral). Our trend forecasting oscillators are currently bullish on WES.AX and have had this outlook for the last 13 periods.

Momentum is a general term used to describe the speed at which prices move over a given time period. Generally, changes in momentum tend to lead to changes in prices. This expert shows the current values of four popular momentum indicators.

Stochastic Oscillator

One method of interpreting the Stochastic Oscillator is looking for overbought areas (above 80) and oversold areas (below 20). The Stochastic Oscillator is 59.1363. This is not an overbought or oversold reading. The last signal was a buy 1 period(s) ago.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)

The RSI shows overbought (above 70) and oversold (below 30) areas. The current value of the RSI is 49.73. This is not a topping or bottoming area. A buy or sell signal is generated when the RSI moves out of an overbought/oversold area. The last signal was a buy 32 period(s) ago.

Commodity Channel Index (CCI)

The CCI shows overbought (above 100) and oversold (below -100) areas. The current value of the CCI is -6. This is not a topping or bottoming area. The last signal was a buy 2 period(s) ago.

MACD

The Moving Average Convergence/Divergence indicator (MACD) gives signals when it crosses its 9 period signal line. The last signal was a sell 4 period(s) ago.

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John Heffernan

John Heffernan is a Junior Analyst at HEFFX. John is studying Economics and is a contributor on equities at Live Trading News.

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