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FIXED INCOME ETFS GAIN GROUND

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While some money is starting to creep back into stocks, investors are still showing enthusiasm for bonds. And I'm not talking just about Treasuries. More impressive gains were seen in other bond categories like corporate bonds and TIPS. Chart 1 shows the High Yield Corporate Bond ETF (HYG) closing above its 50-day line for the first time in two months. Chart 2 shows the Investment Grade Corporate Bond ETF (LQD) breaking out of a short-term "symmetrical triangle". It did so on noticeably heavy volume as well. Chart 3 shows the TIPS Bond Fund also turning higher. To me, that suggests that investors are willing to embrace more risk, but aren't yet ready to abandon bonds for stocks.

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Chart 1

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Chart 2

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Chart 3

John Murphy
About the author: is the Chief Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com, a renowned author in the investment field and a former technical analyst for CNBC, and is considered the father of inter-market technical analysis. With over 40 years of market experience, he is the author of numerous popular works including “Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets” and “Trading with Intermarket Analysis”. Before joining StockCharts, John was the technical analyst for CNBC-TV for seven years on the popular show Tech Talk, and has authored three best-selling books on the subject: Technical Analysis of the Financial Markets, Trading with Intermarket Analysis and The Visual Investor. Learn More
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