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Mortgage Rates Drop Sharply - Time to Review XLRE

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We watch the 30-Year Fixed Mortgage Interest Rate because, for the most part, people buy homes based upon the maximum monthly payment they can afford. As rates rise, a fixed monthly payment will carry a smaller mortgage amount. As buying power has been shrinking, home prices have come under pressure.

This week, the 30-Year Fixed Rate fell from 7.08 to 6.61. What strikes us about this is that it appears that mortgage rates are lagging behind Treasury yields by about a month. Since Treasury yields are currently rising again, this week's dip in mortgage rates is not likely to persist, but homebuyers can hope.

Is the Real Estate sector now poised to do well? It actually looks pretty good right now. After price fell and tested the 20/50-day EMAs, it managed to close above the 50-day EMA today and above the June low. The RSI is positive and the PMO is now rising above the zero line. Best of all, the Silver Cross Index (SCI) and Golden Cross Index (GCI) are both rising. Participation is robust enough to look for a rally continuation. Stochastics and relative strength are both turning back up.

Conclusion: Mortgage rates moved much lower this week. This is likely to provide some relief for home buyers and by the looks of the XLRE chart, it could push price higher moving into next week.

Good Luck & Good Trading!

Carl Swenlin and Erin Swenlin


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Erin Swenlin
About the author: is a co-founder of the DecisionPoint.com 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 StockCharts.com. 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
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 DecisionPoint.com, 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 StockCharts.com in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More
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