SPDR Sector Technical Review June 30

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Tickers discussed: SPDR Sectors XLC XLF XLK XLY XLV

The SPDR Sector Technical Review provides covers the top 5 sectors by market weighting and assesses the technical posture for each.  Where applicable, trade set ups are offered along with timely commentary  to keep you on the right side of the trade.

SPDR Sector Technical Review

Taking a look at the top 5 sectors by market weighting. 

For each of the top 5 sectors I identify the key levels, triggers, and potential targets.  I am favoring continued downside but convictions are not super strong and positioning is light. THe bulls and dipsters have been relentless and each sell off since the March lows have been gobbled up quickly with little follow through. Time will tell if the recent dip will see added selling or simply have been a chance to buy at slightly lower prices.

Going forward, be patient. Wait for and pick great trade locations against a well-defined support or resistance area and set stops accordingly slightly above or below your entry. Be flexible and open in your thinking and positioning.  Be reactive to price, not some preconceived idea.  With the VIX at 35 volatility dictates lots of 2 way trading opportunities.

NOTE: Chart snapshots made on afternoon on Monday June 29

XLC – Communications

FUN FACT:   $FB and $GOOGL are over 40% of this ETF.  Since the last update, the bears went after $FB causing some technical damage here. Price lost the 20ema and dipped below the 50 ema before recapturing it yesterday. I’d use the 50ema as a toggle point. Bulls ok above, more iffy below. A break below 53 would favor revisiting $52 and possibly a 200ema test at $51. A break below 51 and the 200ema would favor a deeper pull back and traders should be short. Even if you dont typically trade this ETF, alarming $51 and the break of the 200ema would help inform your positioning on other trades.  A break back above $54.70 would give bulls the upper hand.


XLF – Financials

With price below trend, key support at $23 and all the moving averages, everything the chart says is bearish. To reverse the outlook a first step is to reclaim $23 then the trendline. I think price finds $21.50.   Disclosure. I am in July $23 puts

XLK – Technology

Nothing has changed since the last update other than to further cement $101.80 as the key level.  From the last update:  In many respects, XLK is the key to the whole market. And for this sector, AAPL and MSFT hold the key representing over 40% of the index. A break of 101.80 is the first objective for bears. Even if they accomplish that the 20ema is just below. A break below 100.54 would likely give the bears a little juice for a run at $97 near the 50ema.  Lots of dipsters here. If i were going to try a short, I’d wait for the 20ema to break. If bulls can hold here, a break above 104.50 sends it higher.

XLV – Healthcare

XLV is set up for a 200ema test near $95 as it trades below the 50ema and a nice downtrend line short traders can use as handy reference point. Bears can stay short against the trend line. If price loses the 200ema / 95 I think price can find 90 relatively quickly. If the bulls can pop the downtrend line it would likely spark a rally. Resistance lies at 101.50 and lights out if they pop $103.50. Bears have the ball here as long as they keep price below trend. As the second largest ETF its an important one for the market.

XLY – Discretionary

With AMZN nearly 25% of this sector, this chart is largely tracking how well Amazon is doing. THat said, this sector is loaded with restaurants and retail that will struggle if the re-opening slows or a second wave emerges.  If you dont like the heavy weighting in AMZN, please take a look at the equal weigh retail EFT, $XRT for better balance focused on retail.  OK, from the chart below. Price is trading between the 20ema at $126 and the 50 ema at $121.75.  Rather than get chopped to bits between 122-126, lets do this. Long above $126 w/ a stop just below, and Short below $122 w/ a stop just above. I like that plan better than trying to game something in between .

Pulling it all together

In a top down approach, market direction, then sector direction largely dictate the performance of the stocks in that sector.  Having a good feel for the sectors where your stocks lie is really important. To my eye, we are at the beginning stages of a market reversal, but too soon to go gonzo short.  My strategy will be to take each sector one by one. These top 5 sectors largely dictate market direction. The most important factor, for me, is having a clear line to shoot against.  Be patient for a good entry where you can shoot against a well-defined line.

Hope the analysis helps.

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