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2 Equity ETFs Holding Up Well in September


The S&P 500 SPDR is down around 6% this month and QQQ is down around 8%. These two hit new highs on September 2nd, plunged the next three trading days and then worked their way lower. Both are below their 50-day moving averages for the first time since April.

Chartists looking for stocks or ETFs that held up relatively well can compare the month-to-date Rate-of-Change (18-day ROC) and the relationship of price to the 50-day SMA. Names that fell less and held above their 50-day SMAs show relative strength. We can also look for ETFs that held above their September 8th lows, which SPY and QQQ broke.

The chart below shows the Home Construction ETF (ITB) and the Homebuilders ETF (XHB) with signs of relative strength. They both held above their September 8th lows last week and their rising 50-day SMAs. They could also be forming pennants, which are consolidations within an uptrend (bullish continuation patterns).

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About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at 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 market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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