RSI Shifts from Bearish to Bullish for EEM


The Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) experienced a trend-momentum shift over the last few months as RSI moved from its bear range to its bull range. In addition, RSI came close to 70 (69.5) twice and EEM broke above its 200-day SMA. The downtrend reversed and I expect higher prices until the evidence proves otherwise.  

The chart below shows EEM falling into October 2018 and then firming in the last two months of the year. EEM actually showed some relative strength from October to December because it forged a higher low when SPY forged a lower low. This is partly due to strength in China because Chinese stocks account for a third of the ETF. EEM went on to break resistance at the November-December highs and moved above its 200-day SMA. Most recently, the ETF consolidated above the 200-day and broke out of this consolidation this week. Price action is clearly bullish.

The indicator window shows RSI moving from a bear range to a bull range in January. Notice how RSI traded between 20 and 60 from February 2018 to January 2019. RSI broke above 60 in January and has since held above 40. This puts RSI in its bull range (40 to 80) and suggests that the trend-momentum cup is half full.

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Arthur Hill
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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