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A Monster Momentum Shift in the 30-yr Yield

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It was not long ago that the 30-yr T-Yield ($TYX) was breaking above a three year resistance line and the outlook for yields was bullish (bearish for bonds). Admittedly, I was in that camp. The tables have turned as the 30-yr Yield failed to hold the breakout and sliced below its 200-day moving average.

The chart below shows the yield breaking resistance at 32.5 (3.25%) in September. The breakout held for two months and then crumbled in December as the yield fell back towards 3% (30 on chart). The yield broke through the 200-day SMA in convincing fashion and the trend is now down.

The indicator window shows 14-day RSI moving below 20 and to its lowest level since 2008. RSI was overbought and above 70 around 10 weeks ago. The plunge in RSI shows strong momentum in the downside move. Even though RSI is very oversold, such strong momentum could be indicative of a long-term trend change in the 30-yr yield. Thus, the expectations heading into 2019 are for falling Treasury yields and rising bond prices.  


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- Arthur Hill, CMT

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About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at StockCharts.com. 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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