Don't Ignore This Chart

The Mother of All Reversals is Building in the Bond Market

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The 10-year Treasury Yield peaked near 16% in 1982 and fell as a secular bear market took hold for over 30 years. After stabilizing the last few years, the 10-year Yield traced out a large bullish reversal pattern and confirmation would end the secular bear market. 

Note that the 10-yr T-Yield ($UST10Y) is a mirror image of the spot price for the 10-year Treasury Note. Thus, a bullish reversal pattern in the 10-year Yield translates into a bearish reversal pattern for the 10-year Treasury Note (i.e. Treasury Bonds).

The chart shows a massive Double Bottom taking shape as the 10-year Yield successfully tested the 1.5% area twice in the last five years. These two lows established the Double Bottom and the intermittent high holds the key to this massive bullish reversal pattern. 

A move above 3% would break the intermittent high and confirm the Double Bottom reversal. Applying some classical technical analysis techniques, we can add the height of the double bottom to the breakout level for an upside target (3 - 1.5 = 1.5). This targets a move to around 4.5% (3 + 1.5 = 4.5).

A move to 4.5% would also trigger a break above the 200-month moving average. Notice that the 10-year yield has been below this moving average for over 30 years. Thus, a Double Bottom breakout and moving average break would be truly momentus for the bond market. 

A bullish pattern in the 10-year Yield implies a bearish pattern in the 10-year Note. Thus, the long-range forecast is bearish for the 10-year Treasury Note, and Treasury Bonds by extension. Macro players should also take note and prepare for a rising rate environment. 


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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. He has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities magazine. Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed technician. In addition to his CMT designation, Arthur holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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