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Tech Stocks Take Charge as 2014 Approaches

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Key industry group ETFs within the technology sector are leading the market. This shows a healthy appetite for risk and bodes well for the economy. The PerfChart below shows one-month performance for the S&P 500 ETF (SPY) and six tech-related ETFs. The Nasdaq 100 ETF and the Nasdaq 100 Equal-Weight ETF (QQEW) are outperforming SPY by a two to one margin. The Biotech iShares (IBB), which represents some of the riskiest stocks in the market, is outperforming the broader market by 3 to 1. The Semiconductor SPDR (XSD), which represents the cyclical semiconductor group, is also outperforming SPY by a three to one margin. Relative strength in these tech-related ETFs is positive for the market as we head into 2014.

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The next chart group shows CandleGlance charts for these tech-related ETFs. Notice that the FirstTrust Internet ETF (FDN), XSD, QQQ and QQEW hit new highs last week. IBB did not hit a new high last week, but hit a new high in late November and held broken resistance with a surge above 220. The Networking iShares (IGN) was the laggard of the group, but this ETF caught fire last week and broke above the September trend line. Basically, there is broad underlying strength in the tech sector and traders should look for bullish setups within these groups as we head into 2014.

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Happy Holidays! -- Arthur Hill CMT

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. 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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