Technology Sector on the Verge of a BUY Signal, Maybe Too Late.


The Technology Sector (XLK) 20EMA is on the verge of crossing up through the 50EMA, a Silver Cross, which will generate an IT Trend Model BUY signal. Since price is well above the 20EMA, the crossover will probably take place tomorrow, or the day after. One thing that could prevent this outcome would be if price dropped below the 20EMA on Wednesday. Considering the large percentage moves we've seen lately, that is not out of the question.

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With that bullish evidence also comes some bearish signs -- three of the indicators are showing negative divergences, which have proven quite prescient in the last few months. Which evidence should we believe?

The IT Trend Model BUY Signal comes quite late in the rally, which is always a problem when price moves too far and too fast in one direction. The crash from the February top was one such move, and price moved well below the EMAs, causing an unusual separation between them. It took a monster rally to bring them back together. Now that the 20EMA is close to an upside crossover, we must consider that the rally may be close to exhaustion. Even if the crossover is completed, it may be a whipsaw.

Without trying to predict the future, my confidence in this possible BUY signal is not high. The market is moving too fast, and it has moved too far, and the Trend Model doesn't perform well under those conditions. It may prove to be a profitable signal, but the setup is weak.

Happy Charting! - Carl

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Carl Swenlin
About the author: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he was president and founder of, one of the premier market timing and technical analysis websites on the web. DecisionPoint specializes in stock market indicators and charting. Since DecisionPoint merged with in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More
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