Final week nearly ended poorly for the markets, after heavy promoting final Thursday. On Thursday at 10 AM ET, advance/decline knowledge confirmed there have been 369 advancing points and 2684 declining points on the NYSE. The quantity knowledge was equally one-sided, with 90% of the quantity on the draw back.
The main averages rebounded to shut Thursday nicely above the day’s lows and the acute market internals favored an additional rebound. At Thursday’s low, the S&P 500 ($SPX) was down 1.6% from Wednesday’s highs, however then Friday closed at a brand new excessive up 0.4% for the week.
The promoting Thursday was even heavier within the Nasdaq 100 ($NDX), because it was down 2.3% from Wednesday’s excessive. Regardless that it was up 0.7% for the week, it closed beneath Wednesday’s excessive of 14,891.2.
The decline in bond yields final week acquired the market’s consideration, and the Dow Jones Utility Common benefited, up 1% simply behind the 1.2% achieve within the SPDR Gold Belief. The Dow Jones Transportation Common and iShares Russell 2000, which have been the strongest market averages within the first quarter of 2021, have been down 1.3% and 1.2% respectively final week.
The Utilities Sector Choose (XLU) was up 0.91% final week and is wanting extra fascinating technically. XLU has whole property of $11.8 billion, an expense ratio of 0.12%, and a yield of three.08%. This ETF has 29 fairness holdings, with the most important holdings in NextEra Vitality (NEE), Duke Vitality (DUK), and Southern Co. (SO).
Usually, giant cash managers keep away from utilities. Within the June 2021 survey of 224 traders with $667 billion in property underneath administration, Financial institution of America reported that the traders diminished their utility holdings for the second month in a row.
The weekly chart exhibits that XLU has been in a buying and selling vary (strains a and b) for over a yr. A detailed above $66.81 might set off a rally in the direction of the $70 space. The flat, 20-week exponential shifting common (EMA) is at $64.43, with weekly assist additionally within the $63 space.
XLU’s weekly relative efficiency versus the S&P 500 (RS) remains to be in a downtrend (line c) and beneath its weighted shifting common (WMA). This confirms that XLU has been weaker than the S&P 500. The weekly On Stability Quantity (OBV) has simply moved again above its WMA, which is an encouraging signal. A robust shut above the resistance (line d) could be a really constructive improvement.
As common readers know, Advance/Decline knowledge is a crucial a part of my evaluation. I comply with six completely different advance/decline (A/D) strains: NYSE All Points, NYSE Shares Solely, S&P 500, Nasdaq 100, Russell 2000, and Dow Jones Industrials. All besides the Russell 2000 made new highs in June with the Nasdaq 100 wanting particularly sturdy because it has since March 2016 (see chart).
The weekly A/D strains are constructive general and present no indicators of an intermediate-term prime. Nevertheless, there are some indicators from the every day knowledge that the inventory market is much less wholesome than it was in early June.
For the week on the NYSE, there have been 1488 of points advancing, and 1977 declining which was according to the 0.25% decline within the NYSE Composite for the week. The assist for the NYSE is constructing within the 16,200 space (line a). The NYSE Composite final made a brand new excessive on June 10, and that top at 16,726 is now the resistance stage to look at.
The NYSE Shares-Solely A/D line peaked in June with costs after which broke its uptrend (line c) from the Might lows (level d). The A/D line has since shaped a sequence of decrease highs (line b) and final week it dropped beneath the prior lows.
The variety of NYSE Widespread shares making new 52-week highs surged to 724 on Might 10, and has since shaped two decrease highs (line e). On Thursday, there have been 63 NYSE Widespread shares making new lows which was the very best stage because the Might 10 studying of 100. A number of readings of over 100 new NYSE Widespread inventory lows can be a stronger warning of market weak point.
For the month, the iShares Russell 1000 Development (IWF) is up 0.99%, whereas the iShares Russell 1000 Worth (IWD) is down 0.24%. As I famous in early June, the ratio chart of IWF/IWD seemed “a bit extra encouraging for the expansion shares”.
For the reason that June low of 1.568, the ratio has rallied to 1.753 as development shares have led the worth shares. The downtrend within the ratio (line a) was reached final week. There’s even stronger resistance within the 1.800 space (line b). The 20-day EMA is rising strongly, with first good assist at 1.684 (line c).
The Transferring Common Convergence-Divergence (MACD) strains shaped larger lows and a constructive divergence in Might, which was an indication that the ratio was bottoming. The MACD strains are nonetheless constructive however the MACD-Histogram has shaped decrease highs (line d), which is according to a weakening pattern. A decline beneath the MACD assist (line e) could be an indication that the ratio has topped out.
This motion could also be signaling a change for the monetary shares. The large financial institution earnings will begin to be launched on Tuesday, with JPMorgan Chase (JPM) and Goldman Sachs (GS) reporting. It’s also a heavy week for financial knowledge, with the bond market specializing in Tuesday’s CPI report and Wednesday’s PPI report. Additionally subsequent week we get the Empire State Index, Philadelphia Fed Index, Industrial Manufacturing, Retail Gross sales, and Client Sentiment.
I proceed to favor taking income on energy and decreasing fairness publicity as we head into August and September, which since 1950 have been low-return months for the S&P 500. New shopping for ought to deal with solely shopping for close to superb assist and decrease danger alternatives till there’s a extra significant correction. Longer-term traders ought to simply stick with current holdings, as a deeper correction is more likely to be adopted by new highs.