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What Are the Equity Market's Warning Signs?


Nearly every member of Mish's Modern Family improved last week, with the Russell 2000 (IWM), Transportation (IYT), Semiconductors (SMH), and Retail (XRT) all putting in Golden Crosses on their daily charts. 

Except for Regional Banks (KRE).

Risk off or on during this data-heavy week? Clearly, the performance of MarketGauge's Trend Strength Indicator (TSI) improving across all 4 key indices, with Small Caps (IWM) and the Dow (DIA) leading the bunch points to risk on. However, some areas should keep investors on their toes.

The 52-week New High / New Low ratio for the Nasdaq Composite has actually begun to deteriorate, a clear risk-off indication for the short term. And, despite the improvement in the market, the Yield Curve has actually continued to invert further.

KRE has not had a golden cross (the 50-day moving average clears above the 200-day one). The 200-day moving average (MA) sits atop the 50-day MA, true. Nonetheless, looking out a wee bit at the weekly chart, KRE has yet to clear resistance and way underperforms the rest of the family. We have seen this before. KRE's momentum, according to our Real Motion Indicator shows a bullish cross from last November. Yet the price has done nothing but decline in momentum since then.

Another member of the Economic Modern Family, Transportation, is also flashing a warning on the weekly chart. See the weekly chart of iShares Transportation Average ETF (IYT) below.

Note that IYT has failed to clear the 50-week MA (blue line). Also note the slope of the 50-week MA is negative.

IYT is beginning to underperform the SPY and momentum, according to Real Motion, is slipping lower. Also interesting to observe is that the momentum moving averages had a death cross in early November.

Transportation and Regional Banks make up nearly one-third of the Economic Modern Family.

Of course, the week is young, so we have time to see if both sectors play catch up or are sending us a meaningful warning message. Either way, they are not to be ignored.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): Resistance met and price retreated 390-400 to hold.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): More worrisome as we had a glass ceiling high. Could mean a visit to 177 if cant clear Fri highs.
  • Dow (DIA): Gentler correction, which has boded well for the industrials since December.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Like IWM a glass ceiling high. 280 not crazy to see.
  • Regional Banks (KRE): Keep watching to see if holds 60 then 57.
  • Semiconductors (SMH): Like IWM, QQQ could see a 5-10% decline from here.
  • Transportation (IYT): Most obvious failure of the 50-week MA.
  • Biotechnology (IBB): Multiple timeframes count and this failed the 23-month MA so far.
  • Retail (XRT): This sector held up better--if Granny's brethren fall tho, XRT can make its way back to 64.

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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