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3 Things the Charts Are Saying About the 10-Year

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Three things the technical set-up is telling us about the benchmark 10-year Treasury yield:

  1. The Momentum low of the correction after last year’s advance from 1.32% (7/06/16) to 2.64% (12/16/16) was established on 4/18/17 at 2.17%. All of the downside action in yield thereafter, into mid-late June 2017, has been unconfirmed by Yield Momentum.
  2. On 6/14/17, Yield hit its corrective low print at 2.10% off of the December 2016 high at 2.64%, which was accompanied by divergent, much higher Momentum readings. In addition, the 2.10% low represented a 38% retracement of the entire prior major upleg from 1.32% to 2.64%.
  3. The 6/26 minor pullback yield low at 2.12% followed by a sharp upmove to 2.25% on 6/28 represents a successful retest of the 6/14 low at 2.10% and a successful retest of the dominant up-trendline off of the 7/06/16 historic low yield of 1.32%. From a big picture technical perspective, benchmark 10 year Treasury Yield appears to be in very promising technical condition ahead of the initiation of a new upleg that extends its first bull leg from 1.32% to 2.64% towards a projected next target zone of 3.00%-3.15%.

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What Charts Are Saying About Tech

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The new all-time high in the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) established on Friday June 9 followed by a high-volume Key Downside Reversal remains the dominant feature of the post-November upleg, and was accompanied by a glaring upside momentum divergence that serves as a warning signal indicative of upside price exhaustion.

2) All of the action since June 9 has carved out a sideways digestion pattern beneath the cresting 20 DMA, usually a harbinger of approaching downside price continuation.

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Key Level on the 10-Year

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By Mike Paulenoff, MPTrader.com

After the first day of trading of April, a relatively uneventful one for the equity markets in general, the most consequential market for me is 10-year yield, which continues to exhibit constant weakness that commenced immediately after the March 15th Fed rate hike, and currently is bearing down on a critical 5-month support level at 2.30%.

If 2.30% is violated and sustained, it will trigger potential for downside continuation that projects to 2.10% optimally, and possibly to 2.00% prior to the next upmove in the budding yield bull market off of the July 2016 historic low at 1.32%. The 10-year hit a high in mid-December, 2016 at 2.64%, and probed that level a second time into the March 15th, 2017 Fed meeting. (more…)

Oil Chart Withstands Huge Inventory Builds

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It is remarkable that crude oil has managed to hold its Jan-Feb coil support line in the aftermath of two huge builds in the inventory data. That said, however, I keep thinking that Saudi Arabia (and OPEC) are under the market on every $2-$3 decline to preserve the integrity of “The Agreement” and also to support prices into the Saudi-Aramco public offering later this year.

Whether or not there is any truth to my suspicions, the fact remains that for the time being, the high-level coil-digestion formation remains intact and viable, and as long as that is the case, the overall set-up in oil is bullish and in a holding pattern awaiting upside continuation to $56.00 and then to $61.00. Only a reversal and break below $51.22-$50.71 support will wreck the set-up.

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NFP Report and Dodd-Frank Repeal Propel Banks Stocks (XLF) Higher

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The combined impact of a better-than-expected non-farm payroll gains and the prospect of a Trump repeal of Dodd-Frank financial regulations goosed the Financial Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLF) +1.3% in early trading.

That said, let’s notice on the enclosed near-term Point & Figure chart, that current strength is pushing up towards a test of very powerful resistance at a quadruple high-print of 23.80.

A climb to a 23.90 print will trigger a new buy signal that will project to new high targets of 24.60 and 25.20. Only a print of 23.00 will compromise the constructive P&F set-up.

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10-Year Yield Transitioning Out of Multi-Year Bear Market

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My intermediate and longer term technical set-up work on 10-year US Treasury yield argues that benchmark yield is in transition from a 35-year bear Market (dominant downtrend) into a multi-year bull market (dominant uptrend).

From 1981, when 10-year yield peaked at 15.84% amid concerns about rampant, uncontainable inflation and stagnant growth (“stagflation”) precipitated initially by the 1973 OPEC oil embargo, benchmark yield steadily and relentlessly declined to a post-financial-crisis 2016 low at 1.32% (see Charts 1 and 2).

From a technical perspective, I can make the case that all of the action in yield from mid-2011 into early 2017—a 5-1/2 year period– represents a major base formation at the conclusion of a generational yield bear market (see shaded area on Chart 1). That said, to confirm the end of the 5-1/2 year transition from bear to bull market, yield must climb and sustain above significant resistance lodged between 2.75% and 3.30%. Yield currently is circling 2.50%.

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