The biggest threat to the global stock rally is coming from emerging markets. The weekly bars in the chart below show Emerging Market iShares (EEM) falling to the lowest level in nine months. It has also broken a support line extending back to the fourth quarter of 2011. Emerging market bonds and currencies have also fallen sharply. My June 1 message explained that rising U.S. Treasury yields undercut demand for emerging markets by reducing the appeal of higher-yielding foreign assets. I also expressed concern that weakness in global markets might cause some profit-taking in the U.S. So far, U.S. stocks have shown amazing resilience in the face of foreign selling. That may change, however, if foreign markets don't stabilize soon.
About the author:John Murphy 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.