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TLT Moves To Test The 200 DMA


The long bond is an emotional beast. There has been lots of discussion about how the long bond price should be falling through the floor with the Fed raising rates.  The TLT ETF  represents the 20 + Year (Long) bonds. Today marks an interesting test of the 200 DMA from the bottom side. The 200 DMA has been an area of friction before. 

The SCTR is perking up from being one of the worst ETF's in the market to moving out of the basement now. Interestingly, an SCTR above 30 has been associated with uptrends. While the Relative Strength has not started to make higher highs, it wouldn't take much to get to 6-month highs. 

The MACD continues to look more like an uptrend in development, with the MACD spending its time above zero lately. The MACD above zero associated with the big uptrends on the price chart.

The one phenomena on the chart that should be watched closely is that the end of June marked inflection points the last two years. Three years ago, June marked the end of a sideways consolidation and a fertile bull run ensued.

There is a Fed meeting date mid June where interest rates are expected to go higher which would suggest this chart will come under pressure. However, with all of these factors in play, the TLT looks bullish with rising lows and higher highs. Watch closely to see if it can power through the 200 DMA here.

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Good trading,
Greg Schnell, CMT, MFTA

Greg Schnell
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at specializing in intermarket and commodities analysis. He is also the co-author of Stock Charts For Dummies (Wiley, 2018). Based in Calgary, Greg is a board member of the Canadian Society of Technical Analysts (CSTA) and the chairman of the CSTA Calgary chapter. He is an active member of both the CMT Association and the International Federation of Technical Analysts (IFTA). Learn More
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