Mish's Market Minute

Does the Transportation Sector (IYT) Hold the Fate of the Market?


When the market struggles to decide which direction to travel in, we tend to see increased volatility. Throughout last week, the market was struggling to pick a direction until finally it threw in the towel and broke lower near the end of Friday. This is a considerable break in price because three of the major indices fell under key support levels.

As seen in the above chart, the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) broke support at $378 while the Dow Jones (DIA) fell under the low from 8/19 at $347.31. On the other hand, the S&P 500 (SPY) and the Russell 2000 (IWM) are also sitting in weak price areas. If IWM cannot get back over its 50-DMA at $221.75, the next area to hold comes in at $217.69 from the 200-DMA. Additionally, the SPY does not have immediate support until its 50-DMA at $441.

Since the beginning of 2021, the SPY's 50-DMA has been a key support level, with price only dipping below briefly. That also means a visit to the major moving average in the SPY could be a buying opportunity. With that said, the bulls' best hope for Monday is if IWM can get back over its pivotal 50-DMA and for DIA to clear back over $347. If this happens, it could help the SPY and the QQQ's find intraday support. However, if the market continues lower, watch the SPY's 50-DMA to hold along with the IWM's 200-DMA.

Now that we have covered key pivotal price levels, from a fundamental perspective, we can watch the transportation sector for further insight. While there are many factors and numbers that can be crunched for deciding the strength of the overall economy, one easy method is to watch the movement of goods. In a robust economy, the movement good should continue to grow as the country prospers and people buy more stuff. However, since the transportation sector (IYT) has been waning in price and has failed multiple times to clear its 50-DMA at $254, it is telling us that the economic outlook is slowing.

Now IYT has broken its 200-DMA at $248.25. This could be leading the economy and the market into a slower and more stagnant growth period. Therefore, if IYT continues downward, keep an eye on commodities and precious metals, as they could be the next big runners.

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The market is at a very pivotal point right now, we are either in for a much deeper correction or this is another dip into support. On this week's edition of StockCharts TV's Mish's Market Minute, Mish weighs the evidence and dives into the macro, looking at where we should potentially be putting our money as we go forward.

ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): 441 support.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Needs to get back over 221.75.
  • Dow (DIA): Broke support of 347.31.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Needs to find support.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): Could not hold over the 50-DMA at 64.12. Watching 63.19 next.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): One of the strongest sectors. Holding near highs.
  • IYT (Transportation): 248.25 the 200-DMA pivotal area.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Sitting in support from 173 area.
  • XRT (Retail): Needs to get over 97 and hold. 91.49 support.

Forrest Crist-Ruiz


Assistant Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
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