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With All Eyes On Big Tech Earnings This Week, Here's A Contrarian ETF Option

By Sunshine Profits (Rafael Zorabedian)Stock MarketsJul 26, 2021 02:57PM ET
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With All Eyes On Big Tech Earnings This Week, Here's A Contrarian ETF Option
By Sunshine Profits (Rafael Zorabedian)   |  Jul 26, 2021 02:57PM ET
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Another day, another all-time large-cap equity index high, right?

Today, let’s take a look at an ETF that could interest traders looking for a contrarian strategy.

The bull market has continued, albeit with some warning signs beneath the surface of the market.

Last week, markets flexed their resiliency muscles by quickly erasing a 700+ point Dow Jones Industrial Average gain on Monday and ending the week at all-time highs. Easy monetary policy has continued, and liquidity is high. There was no shortage of buyers that were ready, willing and able to buy that dip.

Even though the Fed has telegraphed its message of increasing rates in the future, Fed bond purchases have continued for the time being. The purchasing of these bonds helps to keep rates lower and create liquidity across markets.

Since June of 2020, the Fed has been buying $80 billion a month in Treasury bonds and $40 billion in MBS (Mortgage Backed Securities).

There is quite a lot happening this week. Consumer Confidence is set for release tomorrow. We will hear from Fed Chair Jerome Powell on Wednesday with the FOMC statement and the subsequent conference call. Advance GDP and Core PCE are on the table for later in the week.

All of the above happens during earnings week for the tech giants, namely Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL), Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL), Tesla (NASDAQ:TSLA), Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) and Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT).

What can we do on a week like this when the S&P 500 is at or near an all-time high?

Last week, we examined the divergence of the Dow Jones Transports and the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The Transports:

TRAN Daily Chart.
TRAN Daily Chart.

Figure 1 - Dow Jones Transportation Average March 8, 2021 - July 26, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

Transports have been weak, and today the index traded up to and touched the 78.6% Fibonacci retracement level from its July 1 high to its July 19 low. What is going on with the transports?

We can see lower highs and higher lows since May. Today is providing a nice bounce and intraday reversal so far.

As we can see, there is a downtrend in place in an otherwise sector uptrend dominant marketplace, let’s go with what is working here.

Looking for an ETF to take advantage of this downtrend is no easy task. Currently, I do not see a liquid way to take the inverse side of the transportation, so we will examine a short position in iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSE:IYT).

IYT ETF Daily Chart.
IYT ETF Daily Chart.

Figure 2 - iShares Transportation Average ETF March 18, 2021 - July 26, 2021, Daily Candles Source stockcharts.com

We see IYT doing its job rather well, seeking to track the investment results of an index composed of U.S. equities in the transportation sector.

Considering this downtrend could be a way to gain some alternative exposure in today’s market.

We are in a big earnings and economic data release week. There could be volatility in either direction in the major indices.

Since I am cautious on the indices in the current landscape per previous stock trading alert publications, a trade in the transports could be a way to take advantage of an existing countertrend, while the major market indices have been trading at highs.

With All Eyes On Big Tech Earnings This Week, Here's A Contrarian ETF Option
 

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