Tuesday, April 9, 2013
The S&P 500 is within spitting distance of making a new all-time high.
Even so, several sectors have already entered confirmed downtrends by falling below their 50-day moving averages (DMA), a common measure of trends. And other sectors are barely holding onto support.
Here's a look at a few of them...
First is the banking sector...
The banking index often leads the stock market. So its breakdown below the 50-DMA should be concerning to the bulls. You can see on the chart what happened when the index dropped below the 50-DMA at about this same time last year. If the banking index can't rally back above the line over the next day or two, we could see a fairly sharp selloff in the financial sector.
Semiconductors look even more troubling...
The SOX fell about 3% below its 50-DMA last week, and the bounce back toward the line so far has been pathetic. The sector looks weak. If it plays out the same script as last year, it would give up all this year's gains over the next couple months.
Finally, here's a look at the transportation sector...
Transportation stocks have been among the best performers so far this year. The Dow Jones Transportation Average hasn't broken its 50-DMA yet... But it's close to doing so. If transportation stocks decline even further this week and join the other sectors in confirmed downtrends, it will be tough for the S&P 500 to hold up much longer.
Best regards and good trading,
Last week, Jeff told readers to keep their eyes on some extreme conditions setting up in three commodities, including one that doubles as a leading indicator for stock prices. Get the details here: A Few Things to Watch in the Commodities Market This Week...
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