Equal-Weight Utilities ETF (RYU) Hits All-Time Closing High


The Utilities sector in general has been doing well with price traveling higher and higher within a rising trend channel since mid-March. In the past few weeks, price did falter and break slightly below the trend channel, but it has recuperated and it stayed above its 20-EMA. The PMO during that time turned down and generated a PMO Crossover SELL signal when it crossed below its EMA. Today the PMO turned up as price moved back into the channel.

Let's look at the cap-weighted ETF (XLU). Price has not yet closed on an all-time high, although it is close. The PMO generated a crossover SELL signal like the DJ Utilities Index above and has turned up. Looking further, I added the PBI and SCTR ranking. The PBI reading has been at 100 for a week and a half which is impressive.The PBI measures the percentage of stocks in that sector ETF that are on Price Momentum (PMM) BUY signals. PMM signals are considered to be intermediate-term in scope, and they are generated when price moves 10 percent opposite the direction of the signal AND crosses the 200EMA. The SCTR ranking has been above 90 since the beginning of April.

The equal-weight Utilities ETF (RYU) like the index and XLU is soaring, but notice a few slight differences from $UTIL and XLU. RYU closed on an all-time high (visible more clearly in the thumbnail) today and price has stayed further above its 20-EMA than the other two. The PMO never crossed below its EMA. 

The Utilities sector in general is enjoying a strong bull market. Last week's hiccup didn't deter price or strength. Interestingly, the equal-weight ETF is doing somewhat better having hit an all-time high today.

Happy Charting,


Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the website along with her father, Carl Swenlin. She launched the DecisionPoint daily blog in 2009 alongside Carl and now serves as a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor at Erin is an active Member of the CMT Association. She holds a Master's degree in Information Resource Management from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from the University of Southern California. Learn More
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