The S&P 500 hit a new 52-week high last week and three sectors joined the index with new highs of their own: the Technology SPDR, the Consumer Discretionary SPDR and the Consumer Staples SPDR. Note that I am basing the new highs on price chart using unadjusted prices, which do not include dividends. StockCharts users can place an underscore before the symbol to see unadjusted prices (_XLK, _XLY, _XLP).
One of these three sectors does not belong in this group. The technology and consumer discretionary sectors are offensive sectors, but the consumer staples sector is a defensive sector. I do not consider it bearish for the broader market when a defensive sector leads because we are also seeing leadership from the largest sector and the most economically sensitive sector. XLK accounts for 21.64% of the S&P 500, while XLY weighs in at 10.37% and XLP at 7.31%.
Clorox (CLX) caught my eye when running through the charts within the S&P 500. The stock is part of a strong sector (consumer staples), in a long-term uptrend and forming a bullish continuation pattern. First and foremost, CLX hit a new high in late November and recaptured its rising 200-day SMA with a bounce off support in June. Despite a long consolidation, the overall trend appears to be up.
After hitting a 52-week high in late November, the stock embarked on a long consolidation or trading range. This consolidation worked off overbought conditions from late November and set the stage for the next move, which appears to be higher. A consolidation after an advance is typically a bullish continuation pattern. Moreover, there are signs of a pending breakout.
The stock surged off the 155 support zone in early June and broke a resistance level in the 151-152 area. The subsequent pullback formed a falling wedge and CLX broke the wedge line with surge here in July. The trend within the larger consolidation is up and this argues for a bigger breakout in the 160 area. Such a breakout would signal a continuation of the bigger uptrend and target a move to new highs.
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