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Thursday, April 18, 2013
4 Sector Charts Warn of Price Weaknes
By Investor Place
Last week’s rally produced a series of lower highs in these important groups
New York, Apr.18, national stock exchange .- With Tuesday’s Cinderella bounce in stocks, by end of day, the bullish broker calls started warming up my phone again. Twitter, however, remained quiet as the truer tape sensed more downside to come for stocks (follow me on Twitter @SteadyTrader).
On Wednesday, by the time I finished my morning sweat and flipped on all six of my screens, red covered most of the cross asset space with a notable breakdown in European large-cap stock indices.
They say a picture speaks a thousand words, and with that in mind, please take a quick glance at the chart of Germany’s DAX 30 large-cap index — nicht gut! The index snapped a key medium-term support line that should now let it sail another 3% or so lower before better support is reached.
I will reiterate that unless the S&P 500 can snap 1,538, the recent price pressure is better labeled a consolidation phase rather than a correction. Below 1,538, however, I am targeting the 1,485-1,500 area.
Elsewhere in the equities landscape, last week’s rally notably produced a series of lower highs in important groups — transports, housing, semiconductors and small caps, among others — that could not muster up enough courage to frolic to new 2013 highs.
The transports, as represented by the iShares Dow Jones Transportation Average (NYSE:IYT), put in a lower high last week before giving way to price weakness this week. IYT now sits on a key neckline that may belong to the head-and-shoulders formation you see.
Housing-related stocks, as represented by the PHLX Housing Sector Index (HGX), are also in a tricky spot. Last week’s lower high may just have been the trigger to push this one below its key support line.
Last, but by no means least, is the small-cap Russell 2000. Last week, the iShares Russell 2000 Index (NYSE:IWM) flagged a lower high versus the March highs, and this week, so far has shown nothing but weakness. Any break below this neckline and the index should have enough momentum to slip toward $86, or 860 on the Russell 2000.
In full disclosure, because that’s how I roll and because full transparency is the way forward, I remain short IWM for a swing trade.
All in all, as I mused yesterday, unless corporations can serve up some seriously positive earnings and outlooks, stocks look to have gained enough momentum for another few percentage points lower on the major indices. ...