An ETF Showing Accumulation?

An ETF Showing Accumulation?

There are 24 major index and sector ETFs I track. Many of them have good seasonal patterns, meaning track records over the next few months, but for the next few weeks there isn’t much to trade on. For example, XLE, the Energy Select Sector SPDR, has the best seasonal pattern right now. Over the next → Read More

The Dinner-Out Trade

The Dinner-Out Trade

Regular scanning of a handful of top sector ETFs can help you find breakouts just as they are starting. For example, on Thursday (7/3/14) the financial ETFs produced a breakout  above recent resistance as they set new 5-year highs: The Financial Select Sector SPDR ETF, XLF, looks nearly identical to IYF. Both charts look the → Read More

Does Tax Time Have an Effect on the Markets?

Does Tax Time Have an Effect on the Markets?

After looking over a number of charts this weekend, I found very few stocks showing potential for upside, or downside, breakouts. Volume can give hints of what’s to come, and not surprisingly, volume was very low during the week. I then checked the seasonal charts of the major indexes and sector ETFs, looking for a → Read More

Financials Quietly Building Strength

Financials Quietly Building Strength

The major indexes, and many sector Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs), still appear overbought. Their Stochastics indicators are stuck up in overbought territory, and the ones with easily recognizable cycle patterns are typically sitting at a likely cycle high. Thursday’s market action looked like the much-needed pullback was upon us. Friday’s rebound looked like holiday season → Read More

Tune Up Your Watchlists

Listen to the charts. Most markets and individual stocks are overbought and due for a pullback, and we are heading into another earnings season. But there are some strong voices piercing the background noise. We know the Financials sector has been strong. IYF, the iShares Financial ETF, confirms this. While there have been a few → Read More

US Markets Striking Out, Cyprus On Deck

Many of the major indexes and ETFs appear to be healthy, at first glance. But volume has been falling off on this recent advance, and lower-highs, on higher volume, are starting to appear: Even the recently-strong Financial sector, as represented by IYF and XLF, are producing sell signals on the Stochastics. The S&P’s track record → Read More

Several Sector ETFs Are Showing Strength

OIH has moved up a percent or so since I pointed out the tight trading range it was in last week: XLB, the basic materials ETF, is also showing strength, a good sign for those looking for an upturn in the economy. What I don’t like is the weakness in the overall market. The SPY → Read More

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