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Is XLC taking over from XLF?


Weekly RRG for US sectors

Here's a quick update for a rotation that caught my attention this morning.

Since the end of last year, XLF has started to give up on its leading role. JdK RS-Momentum started to decline and the tail began to roll over. Last week, XLF moved from the leading quadrant into the weakening quadrant.

That rotation in and of itself does not have to be dramatic, as there is still the possibility for a rotation through weakening back to leading without hitting the lagging quadrant. But, given the proximity to the 100-level on the JdK RS-Ratio scale, these odds do not seem too big.

However, inside the improving quadrant, we have XLC moving at a strong RRG-Heading and close to crossing over into the leading quadrant. This is an interesting relationship to investigate further.

Backed up by the Daily RRG

Daily RRG for US sectors

The improvement of the Telecommunication Services sector over Financials is also backed up by the rotational patterns on the daily Relative Rotation Graph.

Here, we find XLC well inside the leading quadrant and moving further into positive territory at a strong RRG-Heading, while XLF is inside the lagging quadrant and moving exactly opposite to XLC. This points to a relative downtrend that is underway on the daily timeframe and, given the positioning on the weekly chart, can quickly spill over to longer-term time frames.


Daily Relative Strength of XLC vs XLF

The chart above shows the relative strength of XLC vs. XLF over the last 18 months. The range between 1.7 and 1.88 since the start of 2019 is clearly visible, as well as the break of the falling resistance line out of the September 2019 high.

With this ratio line now about to break some intermediate resistance levels, a rally towards the upper boundary of the range is very much possible.


Julius de Kempenaer

Senior Technical Analyst, StockCharts.com

Creator, Relative Rotation Graphs

Founder, RRG Research

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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 StockCharts.com 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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