Bears Await Sector Unity Or Further Disharmony

I am inches away from declaring the next major trend.

But will it be up or down?

Sure, we saw new highs this week in the Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100.

Sure, we have the Federal Reserve striking a more dovish tone on rates.

Sure, we are at full employment, minus the increasing labor participation rate.

Sure, we are at the Fed’s inflation target with today’s CPI numbers.

Sure, the tariffs and lack of a plan with China exists.

Sure, the US now threatens tariffs on the EU.

Sure, we have an increasing debt with no way to pay it back.

Sure, we have more defaults on car loans.

Sure, mortgage applications have not risen in the face of lower yields.

Sure, we have tentative relations with Iran.

There’s the maze of fundamentals.

What do we need from the technicals, particularly the economic Modern Family?

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Here are the weekly charts.

The blue line is the 50-week moving average or about one year of data.

The green line is the 200-week moving average or about 4 years of data.

With the exception of Semiconductors SMH, they all look rather precarious.

Semiconductors is in a bullish phase on the weekly and daily charts.

That is positive, however, there is solid resistance just overhead.

So, although it’s a whole lot better than the other Modern Family sectors, SMH is telling us that there remains speculative hesitation, even in the strongest part of the economy.

The biggest concerns besides IYT giving up today’s gains tomorrow are in brick and mortar Retail XRT and the Russell 2000 IWM.

Should IWM fail to close the week above 154.50, that tells me that the troubles outweigh the dovish statements by the Fed.

XRT is in a bearish phase on the daily chart and a distribution phase on the weekly chart.

Lots of folks discount this weakness because of online sales. Yet, there are issues with this sector concerning employment, real estate and consumer confidence as related to GDP.

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