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Is The Retail Sector Heating Up?

By Michele SchneiderStock MarketsMar 31, 2021 12:03AM ET
Is The Retail Sector Heating Up?
By Michele Schneider   |  Mar 31, 2021 12:03AM ET
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Last Thursday, the retail sector ETF XRT opened near its 50-Day moving average.

XRT Daily Chart
XRT Daily Chart

It closed with a large range on increased volume which was a good sign of strength.

Though it has not made a decent sized move since then, it has been holding its current price level.

Another factor is the transportation sector (IYT), which made another new all-time high Tuesday.

IYTs strength helps the retail sector because if the movement of goods is steady or growing and travel starts to pick up, this will in turn support the retail space.

One company that pairs with the pullback in XRT is Macy’s Inc (NYSE:M).

Macy's Inc. Daily Chart
Macy's Inc. Daily Chart

It has done some consolidation around the 50-DMA at $15.80.

Additionally, its recent low of $14.76 is not far away from the current price, which makes for a good risk to reward setup.

If it can hold the current range and confirm a move upwards on increased volume, M could have upside potential back to $20-21 area.

However, one thing to be warry of is finicky price action found in the NASDAQ 100 (QQQ) and Russell 2000 (IWM), which are both sitting under their 50-DMA.

If they can clear their 50-DMAs this would offer a boost to retail and the overall market.

But if not, stay cautious as a choppy market is one of the hardest markets to trade.

ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPYSupport 386.87. 398.12 Resistance.

Russell 2000 (IWM) Still watching to clear the 50-DMA at 220.68.

Dow (DIA) 332.86 high to clear.

NASDAQ (QQQ) Needs to stay over 309, 321 resistance to clear.

KRE (Regional Banks) Support 63.44 the 50-DMA.

SMH (Semiconductors) Needs to clear and hold over 241a rea.

IYT (Transportation) New All-time highs.

IBB (Biotechnology) Main support the 200-DMA at 144.96

XRT (Retail) Cleared 88.59 the 10-DMA

Volatility Index (VXX) Continues to break down.

Junk Bonds (JNK)  108.60 resistance.

LQD (iShs iBoxx $Inv Gd Cor Bd ETF) 130.06 gap to fill. Needs to hold over 128.24.

IYR (Real Estate) Holding near highs.

XLU (Utilities) Watch for this to clear and hold over 64.19.

GLD (Gold Trust) Looking for this to turn into a double bottom. If not, our stop is right under.

SLV (Silver) 21.65 50-WMA next potential support area.

VBK (Small Cap Growth ETF) 259.62 support.

UGA (US Gas Fund) Holding over the 10-DMA 31.45.

TLT (iShares 20+ Year Treasuries) Doji day. 135.80 the 50-WMA.

USD (Dollar) 93.69 next resistance area.

EWW (Mexico) 44.91 resistance.

MJ (Alternative Harvest ETF) Sideways price action.

WEAT (Teucrium Wheat Fund) All out of wheat.

Is The Retail Sector Heating Up?

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