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Oil & Gas Equip & Services SPDR hits Reversal Zone, but Lags Oil


The Oil & Gas Equip & Services SPDR (XES) is trading near a potential reversal zone, but the ETF is not keeping pace with strength in oil.

The first chart shows XES, the Light Crude Continuous Contract ($WTIC) and the Correlation Coefficient for the two. XES bounced between 13 and 19 over the past year and is currently just above the midpoint of this range. Perhaps there is a slight uptrend at work here.

Performance wise, XES is up around 13% over the past year and oil is up a whopping 60%. In contrast to the weak uptrend in XES, oil is in a strong uptrend and close to a 52-week high. These two are still positively correlated for the most part, but the performance difference is quite astounding. Perhaps oil prices are not the only price driver for XES.

The next chart focuses on the last four months for the Oil & Gas Equip & Services SPDR (XES). The ETF retraced 50-61.8% of its prior advance with a decline back to the 16 area. XES surged last Friday, but fell back again on Monday, only to bounce again on Tuesday. This pop and drop establishes resistance at 16 and XES needs to clear this level for a breakout.

The indicator window shows RSI with the tiniest of bullish divergences. Notice that XES forged a lower closing low from June 15th to 21st. Meanwhile, RSI formed a higher low and a small bullish divergence. Momentum may be improving on the micro level, but a price breakout at 16 is still needed at the macro level.

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About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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