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Editor's note: You'll notice today's edition is in a different format than our normal Growth Stock Wire. Rather than a single essay about a single idea, we're publishing a series of shorter trading notes from Jeff Clark. You can let us what you think about this format by emailing us here.

The Three Charts Traders Need to Watch This Week

By Jeff Clark
Tuesday, March 12, 2013

 Of the 1,000 or so charts I looked at this past weekend, three stood out...
The first one that stood out was the S&P 500 Index plotted against its Bollinger Bands.
Bollinger Bands measure the most likely trading range for a stock or index, given the most probable level of volatility. When an index trades above its upper Bollinger Band, it's in an extremely overbought situation and is vulnerable to a reversal lower...
The red circles on the chart show the five times in the past year when the S&P 500 closed above its upper Bollinger Band. In all four previous occasions, the S&P 500 fell back down toward its lower Bollinger Band over the next month. A similar move this time around could lead to a drop of around 40-60 points in the S&P 500 – if only to relieve the extreme overbought condition.
Points During the Last Year When the S&P 500 Closed Above its Bollinger Bands
 Traders should also keep an eye on the following chart, which compares the action in gold (NYSE: GLD) to the action in gold stocks (NYSE: GDX)...
Gold-to-Gold-Stocks Ratio
The distinct downtrend lines (in blue) illustrate how poorly gold stocks have performed relative to the precious metal. But when this chart broke above the downtrend line last August, gold stocks rallied 25% in six weeks.
This chart is once again on the verge of an upside breakout. If gold stocks can show some strength this week, it may signal the start of an intermediate-term uptrend.
 Finally, look at this chart of the U.S. dollar plotted along with its 14-day relative strength index (RSI)...
The RSI is a momentum indicator that measures overbought and oversold conditions. Buy signals – which are marked by the blue arrows on the following chart – occur when the RSI drops below the 30% line and then starts to rally. Sell signals happen when the RSI rallies above 70% and then turns around and starts falling. It looks like Friday's action in the dollar triggered a sell signal...
U.S. Dollar Index (One-Year Chart)
Precious metals and other commodities tend to respond well to a falling dollar. So if the dollar continues lower this week, that increases the odds of at least a short-term rally in the commodities markets.
Best regards and good trading,
Jeff Clark

Further Reading:

"I'm no longer waiting for a buy signal to start buying gold stocks," Jeff wrote last week. "I'm buying them right now." See the two charts that have Jeff buying gold stocks today here.
In addition to extreme overbought conditions in the S&P 500, historical similarities are leading Jeff to predict a short-term decline in stocks. Get the story here: The Most Valuable Trading Resource I Have.

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Market Notes
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Market Watch
Symbol Price
S&P 500 1556.22 +0.3% +13.5%
Oil (USO) 33.04 0.0% -19.6%
Gold (GLD) 152.99 +0.2% -8.1%
Silver (SLV) 28.02 +0.0% -15.7%
U.S. Dollar 82.55 -0.3% +3.2%
Euro 1.30 +0.0% -0.8%
Volatility (^VIX) 11.56 -8.2% -32.4%
Gold Stocks (^HUI) 349.46 -0.2% -31.5%
10-Year Yield 2.06 +0.0% +1.0%

World ETFs
Symbol Price
USA (SPY) 156.03 +0.4% +15.9%
Singapore (EWS) 13.67 -0.6% +12.0%
Israel (ISL) 14.22 +0.4% +9.8%
Japan (EWJ) 10.53 +0.6% +6.6%
India (IFN) 22.00 -0.4% +5.6%
Taiwan (EWT) 13.66 -0.2% +3.5%
S. Korea (EWY) 60.67 -0.7% +2.2%
Canada (EWC) 28.52 +0.5% +1.9%
China (FXI) 38.63 -1.2% +1.7%
S. Africa (EZA) 66.45 +0.1% -1.5%
Lat.America (ILF) 44.61 -0.7% -4.3%
Russia (TRF) 15.34 +0.0% -9.7%

Sector ETFs
Symbol Price
Construction (PKB) 19.83 +0.2% +44.2%
Media (PBS) 18.85 -0.2% +28.6%
Health Care (IYH) 93.80 +0.5% +26.0%
Financials (IYF) 68.09 +0.6% +24.5%
Consumer Svcs (IYC) 96.25 +0.2% +23.4%
Water (PHO) 23.01 -0.1% +23.4%
Transportation (IYT) 109.79 +0.1% +20.4%
Real Estate (IYR) 69.09 +0.4% +18.6%
Insurance (PIC) 19.01 +0.1% +18.3%
Industrials (IYJ) 81.73 +0.2% +18.3%
Biotech (PBE) 25.79 -0.2% +16.7%
Defense (PPA) 22.49 +0.3% +15.6%
Software (PSJ) 29.82 -0.6% +12.8%
Utilities (XLU) 38.06 +0.2% +11.6%
Telecom (IYZ) 24.24 0.0% +10.8%
Retail (PMR) 26.91 +0.2% +8.1%
Big Tech (QQQQ) 68.97 +0.3% +7.4%
Basic Mat (IYM) 71.59 +0.3% +4.4%
Nanotech (PXN) 6.64 +0.0% +3.7%
Semis (PSI) 15.63 +0.8% +1.7%
Alt. Energy (PBW) 4.58 -0.2% -15.6%

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