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A (pair) Trade Idea in Consumer Discretionary

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Looking at the daily Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, we can see that Consumer Discretionary is inside the improving quadrant and about to cross over into leading at a strong RRG-Heading. For the near-term, this makes XLY a sector to keep an eye on.

In order to look for some trade ideas, I ran the RRG for the members of the Discretionary sector against XLY. I started at the weekly RRG for this universe in an attempt to look for some meaningful trends that may be underway, then switched to the daily version to double-check. I noticed two interesting rotations.

The above chart holds all members of the Discretionary sector and shows the rotation against XLY as the benchmark. The rotation for CMG is interesting, as it is returning into the leading quadrant from weakening. That is usually a positive situation, signaling that a 2nd (or 3rd etc) leg of an already existing relative uptrend is about to get underway.

This rotation also holds up on the daily RRG (simply change the periodicity next to the "Update" button on the chart), where CMG is inside weakening but starting to curl up and return to(wards) the leading quadrant.

The final check always is the price chart, in combination with relative strength, as shown on the chart at the top of this article.

A few weeks ago, CMG crushed the overhead barrier near $ 750 and continued its rally inside the rising channel. Around the same time, the RS-Line broke to new highs, which opened up the way for more relative upside.

All in all, things are looking good from both a price and a relative perspective.

If you are looking to offset some risk and are interested in a pair-trade, you may want to check out the rotation for M (Macy's Inc) on the RRG and then check the price chart for this stock.


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Julius de Kempenaer

Senior Technical Analyst, StockCharts.com

Creator, Relative Rotation Graphs

Founder, RRG Research


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Julius de Kempenaer
About the author: is the creator of Relative Rotation Graphs™. This unique method to visualize relative strength within a universe of securities was first launched on Bloomberg professional services terminals in January of 2011 and was released on StockCharts.com in July of 2014. After graduating from the Dutch Royal Military Academy, Julius served in the Dutch Air Force in multiple officer ranks. He retired from the military as a captain in 1990 to enter the financial industry as a portfolio manager for Equity & Law (now part of AXA Investment Managers). Learn More
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