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It's been a while since I've mentioned Travelcenters of America (symbol TA), but, in my opinion, this remains just a beauty of a chart. A few months ago, it was on a tear, but after peaking at 8.75, it lost over 60% of its value. It seems to have firmed up again, and the increase in volume is really wonderful. I bought some of this a few moments ago.
Sorry to be so hung up on XLU, but, again, it's not only my biggest short position, but it's also the short that is being the most kind to my portfolio.
As most of us know, the bond/interest rate markets tend to be a bit wiser than equity markets as a whole, and they tend to tip their hands before equities. It's instructive, I think, that XLU (which is interest-rate sensitive) is so soft in the face of an astonishingly strong equity market. Take a look at the intraday line chart, below, comparing XLU with IWM (shown in blue).
My subconscious gets its kicks by playing music in my head. It's always trying to tell me something, particularly when I'm troubled by the market. Here's the #1 hit playing incessantly in my brain these days. Hey, I guess it beats voices telling me to pick up an ax, right?
Incidentally, I've been quite absent from the comments section. Part of it is due to overwhelming ennui, and part of it is due to time constraints. But mostly I like to hang out in comments when it's fun, and lately the market hasn't been fun ("lately"=many months).
I did happen to glance at one question about why the y-axis figures in the XLU chart were different. It's probably because Prophet adjusts for dividends, whereas other services don't. Someone else asked if I was shorting XLU or buying SDP. Goodness, I gave up on SDP ages ago. This is a straight-up XLU short.