Japan Struggles With Resistance

My article for TraderPlanet this week takes a look at the iShares Japan ETF ($EWJ).

Here’s a piece:

As the chart below shows EWJ has been having some difficulty with resistance at $12 to $12.20. While the Japan ETF has been making higher lows – keeping the uptrend alive, it’s been unable to make higher highs which put it into question whether buyers can keep EWJ from making a trend change. When looking under the hood, so to speak, of EWJ we can see momentum beginning to stall.

Read the rest: ETF Watch: Japanese Resistance (TraderPlanet)

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The Financial Sector Continues to Slide in Relative Performance

This morning we are seeing financials ($XLF) falling again in relative performance against the S&P 500 ($SPY). I’ve discussed this relationship a couple of times in the last few months and we are seeing a test of a lower low as the financial sector continues to weaken.

First in July we looked at the divergence that was being created in the ratio chart of $XLF:$SPY but I showed the trend lines that would need to be broken to confirm a shift in relative performance. In August we saw those trend lines break as the overall equity market began to outpace the financial sector. After the longer-term trend line gave way we’ve seen a continued decline in $XLF’s relative performance to $SPY over the last two and a half months.

I wanted to bring this chart back up as we test the lower low made in September. I’m watching this lower low to see if financials can regain their footing or if we’re in for more bleeding.

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Is A Shift Taking Place to Favor U.S. Equities over International?

Let me start by saying it’s amazing how much complacency there is in the market right now. I tweeted this morning a statistic from SentimenTrader about the large move that’s taken place in Rydex Funds… For every $1 put into the leverage bearish funds there’s been $8.2 put into the leverage bullish funds. Jason from SentimenTrader noted that this is the highest the ratio has been since 2001!

Okay back to the topic at hand. This morning I’ve been looking at the relationship between $EFA and $SPY (i.e. international and domestic equities). Even with the strength in the S&P 500 over the last few months, the market has still favored international stocks since July. Remember, this doesn’t international stocks have gone done, it just means the S&P 500 has gone up more than EAFE. However, it appears we are seeing some signs of this relative performance relationship shifting. While the ratio between $EFA and $SPY has been mostly flat with a slight tilt up since late-September, the Relative Strength Index (RSI) has been deteriorating.

The RSI has created some short-term support at the 50 level so I’ll be watching to see if this breaks for a sign of confirmation that traders are shifting their preference back to domestic equities from EAFE. We also have the 50% retracement level from the 2013 high to the July low that sits just under where the ratio is now. Since the up trend off the Sept and Oct. lows has already been broken, the 50% retracement needs to hold for international stocks to keep the spot light.

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