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Completed Pennant in XLF Points to $33 Area


On the Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, Financials are in good shape. They are inside the leading quadrant and, despite a little loss of momentum in the last week, still at a good RRG-heading.

Together with Technology and Industrials, Financials is a leading sector at the moment.

A Pennant Formation

Opening up the daily price chart provides an interesting picture. After breaking out of the range between $25.50 - $28.50 that had been visible since April/May of this year, XLF started to accelerate. The rally that emerged out of the October low at $26.50 came to a rest on 7 November at a high of $30.03.

Subsequently, a pennant formation started to form; this small consolidation pattern was broken in an upward direction three days ago on 25 November.

You can read more on pennants and flags, their requirements and the implications for trading in this ChartSchool article.

With the prior rally and the flagpole measuring roughly $3, a price target for the continued move can be pegged in the area around $33. This comes from projecting the length of the prior move on top of the breakout level.

As you can see, I have used an ACP (Advanced Charting Platform) chart to illustrate this article. The main reason is that ACP enables me to easily adjust the scaling on the axes, especially the Y-axis. By using this function, I could annotate the chart with the extended move and illustrate the target area on the chart.

From the current level, there is still a meaningful move left for XLF to travel higher, while the downside is well-protected by old resistance levels now acting as support (first at $30).


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Julius de Kempenaer

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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 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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