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Healthcare ETF (XLV) Seeking First Aid


Healthcare stocks led much of the market's rally off the 2009 lows - especially since early 2011.  That was then.  This is now.  Technical conditions have deteriorated immensely since the Spring of this year when warning signs emerged (see "Healthcare Stocks Are Vulnerable To Weakness Ahead").  Negative divergences on the weekly MACD warned us of potential momentum issues.  Now we're seeing the confirmation in terms of major support breakdowns on the weekly chart and very bearish behavior as resistance was recently tested.  Take a look at the chart:

For the first time since 2011, the 20 week EMA is pointing lower.  Worse yet is the fact that we tested that now-declining 20 week EMA on our last rally attempt and failed.  With the weekly MACD making a bearish crossover of its centerline and a failure at 20 week EMA resistance, it appears to me as if this group is heading lower over the intermediate-term, especially on a relative basis.  Look for that blue relative uptrend line to be tested in the months ahead.  That suggests to me to look elsewhere in terms of long positions in the foreseeable future.

Happy trading!


Tom Bowley
About the author: is the Chief Market Strategist of, a company providing a research and educational platform for both investment professionals and individual investors. Tom writes a comprehensive Daily Market Report (DMR), providing guidance to members every day that the stock market is open. Tom has contributed technical expertise here at since 2006 and has a fundamental background in public accounting as well, blending a unique skill set to approach the U.S. stock market. Learn More
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