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Sectors Investors Need To Focus On After Friday’s Large Breakdown

By Michele SchneiderStock MarketsJun 12, 2022 02:18AM ET
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Sectors Investors Need To Focus On After Friday’s Large Breakdown
By Michele Schneider   |  Jun 12, 2022 02:18AM ET
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Friday, the CPI numbers were reported showing that while the Fed has continued to increase rates, inflation has again pushed higher. This worsens investor sentiment and increases fears that a recession is inbound.

This was reflected in the stock market as the major indices broke down. However, increased inflation, rising prices, and more economic struggle have been something we warned investors of for many months at this point.

This ties into stagflation and why we have kept a keen eye on commodities.

IYT-KRE-SMH-IWM Daily Charts
IYT-KRE-SMH-IWM Daily Charts

One of the Economic Family members that are very important for watching demand is the iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSE:IYT). If economic growth is going to continue to slow, watch for IYT to continue lower.

Although IYT is sitting in support from its recent move lower, it can easily break down further.

Other weak members with the same pattern include the VanEck Semiconductor ETF (NASDAQ:SMH) and the SPDR® S&P Regional Banking ETF (NYSE:KRE).

Their nearby support levels should also be watched if the market is looking to continue with Friday’s price action.

However, the Russell 2000 iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSE:IWM) as the Granddad of the Family still has a little buffer from support around $171.

This makes for a tricky trading area for anyone wanting to look for a further market breakdown.

What we suggest is if you haven’t already gone short (taken a counter-trend trade) and are looking to, you will need to be careful of the current price area which has yet to fully break down.

The support levels/areas can be seen as black lines in the above charts.

With that said, with higher inflation we can turn our attention over to commodity plays. Coming into this year, commodities were at a 100-year low versus equities.

This suggests that a commodity-based super cycle is on the way. Looking at longer-term weekly charts, let’s scan through soft commodities, oil, and precious metals.

Commodities, Oil, And Precious Metals Weekly Charts
Commodities, Oil, And Precious Metals Weekly Charts

The above image shows weekly charts of the Invesco DB Agriculture Fund (NYSE:DBA), United States Oil Fund (NYSE:USO), Silver via iShares Silver Trust (NYSE:SLV), and Gold via (NYSE:GLD).

They are all accompanied by their 50 (blue) and 200 (green) week moving averages.

With rising food prices DBA has been able to maintain a consistent upward trend. Additionally, with prices and shipping still under pressure, as we can see from IYT, DBA has much more room to grow.

Notice that DBA has only recently crossed into a bullish phase when its 50-DMA cleared its 200-DMA in mid-2021.

With gas prices at record levels, U.S oil is only sitting near its pre-pandemic high. This shows that oil prices could continue upward amid shortages and supply issues.

Moving onto the precious metals, both silver and gold have endured a stagnant period of growth. However, if fears of a recession continue to grow, both symbols should be on everyone's watchlist as they are currently undervalued compared to equities.

Both are interesting if SLV can clear $22 and GLD holds its 50-DMA at $171.43. However, patience is key when looking for setups, especially for symbols that have been rangebound like GLD and SLV.

While these are weekly charts, they give a great perspective of the continuing trend and a possible shift as more traders figure out that our economic situation has more challenges ahead.

Moreover, while we are looking at the longer-term picture, we will continue to write about and look for short-term trade setups as these key areas evolve.

  • S&P 500 (SPY) 390 next support area.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM) 171 next support area.
  • Dow (DIA) 306 low to watch.
  • NASDAQ (QQQ280 next support low.
  • KRE (Regional Banks) 58 next level to watch for support.
  • SMH (Semiconductors) 215 key support.
  • IYT (Transportation) Sitting at a pivotal price level.
  • IBB (Biotechnology) Next main support 105 area.
  • XRT (Retail) Watch to hold current price area since major support is far away at 58.
  • GLD (Gold) Needs to hold over 174.
  • USO (Oil) Tested and held its 10-DMA at 88.48.
  • DBA (Agriculture) 21.80 support area.
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Grant Garber
Grant Garber Jun 14, 2022 10:34AM ET
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nice article good job
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I might actually go long GLD for the first time in my life.
 
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