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A Trip to the 70s Using Old-School Charting (+ Video)


In my April 31st presentation on StockCharts (which aired earlier today on StockCharts TV), I begin by walking you through the Economic Modern Family (Russell 2000, Retail, Biotechnology, Regional Banks, Transportation, Semiconductors) using nothing but pure price. I used trendlines and channels I learned from my days trading on the Commodities Floor. The idea is to pretend we live under a rock and only see price.

From there, I use Marketgauge's proprietary momentum and price performance indicators to examine a few potential inflationary instruments, such as gold (the chart you see below):

Looking at the gold chart with even fresher eyes than on the presentation, momentum picked up, while the price found support at Friday's lows and closed green.

GLD began to outperform the S&P 500 (SPY) on Friday, but needs to do more considering the nearly 3% decline in SPY and the .63% rise in gold. The TLT or 20+ year long bond continues to outperform the gold as well.

All in all, the recent price action in gold suggests a healthy correction in a bull phase and not a top, unless the momentum indicators break below the 2 moving averages (green and blue on Real Motion).

With that said, it is the agricultural and soft commodities, along with the Euro, that I am most excited about sharing with you. And I do it with actionable information.

Watch the video here:

  • S&P 500 (SPY): 280 next support area and really the place this rallied from. Under 275 suspect
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Held the channel line I feature on the video and the 50-DMA.
  • Dow (DIA): 234.70 support, 240 resistance
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 209.50 support, 216-217 resistance
  • KRE (Regional Banks): Key as it failed the 50-DMA (37.25) but held 35.50, the 10-DMA
  • SMH (Semiconductors): 124.50 key support, 131 resistance
  • IYT (Transportation): Under 143.64 Friday low, trouble. Over 155 is the only way this returns to looking healthy
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Closed right on pivotal support at 120. Resistance 125
  • XRT (Retail): Held 35, where it needed to
  • Volatility Index (VXX): Doji day above the 10- and 50-DMAs. Follow Friday's range break
  • Junk Bonds (JNK): Back to an unconfirmed bearish phase and into support at 95.50
  • LQD (iShs iBoxx High-Yield Bonds): 127.20 support

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
About the author: serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com. For nearly 20 years, MarketGauge.com has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision. Learn More
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