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Strength Rotates Into the Financial Sector


Wednesday showed weakness in key sectors, including biotech (IBB), semiconductor (SMH) and transportation (IYT). We have closely been watching the transportation sector for improving strength as it has attempted to clear its 50-day moving average (DMA). However, IYT has instead broken underneath the 200-DMA and, though it sits in a support area, the failed rally through the 50-DMA shows a large amount of overhead resistance.

One sector that is standing its ground is the regional banking sector (KRE). However, even the financial sector should be traded carefully, with a looming debt ceiling ahead and only a small amount of time before a decision must be made in mid-October. On the other hand, if the market decides to push higher, this could make financial equities enticing, as their strength has shown through this week's trading action.  

One particularly interesting bank is Silvergate capital (SI). Although it has been rangebound since May, if SI can clear the high of its range near $122 and hold, it could be ready for a major move into the $160 area. Another factor that could make SI a stronger banking pick is its ability to offer crypto banking services along with traditional services. Therefore, with many weak sectors not including KRE, traders should stay cautious as the debt ceiling becomes the focus for the coming weeks.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): Inside day. With Tuesday low to hold at 432.94.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Needs to hold 220.
  • Dow (DIA): Inside day. 342.41 minor support to hold.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Needs to get back over 360.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 66.35 support and 70 resistance.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): 250 next support area.
  • IYT (Transportation): Could not stay over the 200-DMA at 249.83.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): 157-160 major support.
  • XRT (Retail): 92-98 rangebound area.

Forrest Crist-Ruiz


Assistant 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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