Are Transports Weakening?

Momentum and buying pressure appear to be weakening within transports ($IYT). This is the topic of my TraderPlanet post for this week.

Today we are going to look at the iShares Dow Jones Transportation ETF (IYT). As it’s been trekking higher during 2013, meeting the demands set by its big brother, the Industrial Average, the internals appear to weakening. In January we saw the Relative Strength Index, a momentum indicator, break above 70, then above 80, and almost touched 90 as buyers keep the momentum rolling.

Overbought momentum isn’t necessary a bad thing, it just tells us there is strong forces keeping prices elevated. Price can advance in the face of an overbought RSI indicator. What’s worrisome is when price continue to rise and momentum wanes.

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The Relationship between Stocks and Bonds Approaches Resistance

The equity market has surpassed its 2007 peak already and the bullish cheerleaders are just jumping up and down for new record highs. However, there is one relationship that has yet to breakout – the S&P 500 and 10-year Treasury ratio. There is a falling trend line from the 2000 high to the 2007 high that we are slowly approaching.

Below is a monthly chart of the S&P 500 ($SPX) vs. the 10-year Treasury Note ($UST), this is comparing the price action of stocks vs. bonds (not bond yields!) going back to 2000. The falling trend line has yet to be tested and while we can speculate its importance, until we get there we can’t know. If things continue to shape out as they have been for the last couple of months with equities kicking the tail off of bonds then we will find out sooner rather than later what the reaction will be to this resistance and its implications for the capital markets. Until then we patiently wait.

 

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Has Gold Recovered?

It’s nice to see gold catching some bids lately. One of the first half of 2013 theme’s seems to have been “kick the crap out of gold bulls” as it continued the downtrend started in 2011. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still in a downtrend, but the recent price action has created an interesting setup.

Since the SPDR Gold Trust ETF ($GLD)’s last attempt to rally in late-2012 the 50-day moving average (green line) has acted as a solid form of resistance. With yesterday’s move, bulls were able to get a close above the moving average and are likely now praying that it flips from resistance to support.

In April and May of this year $GLD appeared to have been trying to put in some support at $130, but eventually lost out as bears forced it to gap down taking the commodity ETF $15 lower. Well we are now back at that support level but testing it from its underbelly. Pre-market it seems we will still be below $130, I’ll be watching to see if traders can collectively fight back above and hold this level.

Turning the attention to two indicators for gold, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) and On Balance Volume. RSI had been stuck in a bearish range for the last nine months. However, with this recent bout of upward movement we can see momentum has broken back above 55. Ideally we would like to see buyers keep the RSI above 50 to insure confidence in the current upswing. The On Balance Volume indicator simply adds volume of up days and subtracts volume on down days, giving us an idea of buying and selling pressure within the ETF. The downtrend in volume is still present but could be tested within the next week or so if we see some more high volume advances.

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Overall, gold appears to be looking like it’s healing some of the gaping wounds that have been created over the last couple of years. Don’t get too excited, there is still much that has to improve for $GLD to regain its uptrend, but these are good short-term signs that gold bulls need to hang on to in order for us to see further price appreciation.

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