Which Key Sectors Have the Ability to Support the Market

March 3, 2021

Mish's Daily

By Mish Schneider


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Written by Mish and Forrest

Wednesday was another disappointing day for the market as many short-term buyers from Tuesday got flushed out in the move lower.

However, with a second down day should we be worried about a potential correction or is the market still holding its main support?

To answer this, first let us note two important sectors that are holding over major support.

Retail ETF (XRT)

Transportation ETF (IYT)

Both are currently over support from the 50-Day moving average.

If these can hold their bullish trend it will show that the demand side IYT and the consumer sentiment side XRT still have investor’s support.

Additionally, if more stimulus is expected, these will continue to outperform and therefore boost the major indices.

On the other hand, the Biotech sector (IBB) and Semiconductors (SMH) are sitting underneath their 50-day moving average.

Though IBB had already broken underneath the 50-DMA late last week, it has continued to move lower.

In the past we have mentioned that the best way to understand if there is a potential pullback is to wait for multiple key sectors to break their bullish phases.

If on Thursday SMH is not able to rally back over its 50-DMA, it will confirm its entry into a cautionary phase.

This makes Thursday pivotal as we watch for more sectors to break down or hold.

Having said that, the Government will want to appease a rowdy market with its next new stimulus bill set to come soon.

With that in mind, it is tough to take a bearish stance knowing that their will be underlying support.

Furthermore, the yields which have risen, might be dealt with using Operation Twist.

That means that the Fed will buy the longer-term bonds and sell the shorter-term bonds thereby, twisting the yield curve back.

This was done in 2011 and 2012 and it did indeed help stimulate the economy.

The biggest takeaway is that the Fed is not out of tools. And that this rotation from a big tech rally to a more consumer demand/industrial/transportation rally is a good sign for the economy going forward.


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S&P 500 (SPY) 380.71 the 50-DMA

Russell 2000 (IWM) 230.32 resistance. Support 314.80 to 312 area.

Dow (DIA) 309 support. Resistance 320.

Nasdaq (QQQ). If can’t get back over 310 could see larger mover lower.

KRE (Regional Banks) 63.65 new support.

SMH (Semiconductors) Needs to get back over the 50-DMA at 234.69

IYT (Transportation) Holding.  all-time highs at 241.36.

IBB (Biotechnology) Broke support. Next main support the 200-DMA at 143.

XRT (Retail) 85.69 resistance.  10-DMA at 80.21

Volatility Index (VXX) Cleared the 10-DMA at 15.43.

Junk Bonds (JNK) Resistance 108.84 support 108.09

LQD (iShs iBoxx $Inv Gd Cor Bd ETF) 129.78 support from recent low.

IYR (Real Estate) Watching for a second close under the 50-DMA at 86.16.

XLU (Utilities) 58-57 support area.

GLD (Gold Trust) Doji Day. Needs to hold 160

SLV (Silver) Doji Day.

VBK (Small Cap Growth ETF) 271.77 next support.

UGA (US Gas Fund) 31.05 the 10-DMA

TLT (iShares 20+ Year Treasuries) Doji Day.  needs to get back over 139.68 as support.

USD (Dollar) 90.43 support.

EZA (South Africa)  Sticking around 48.11 the 10-DMA

MJ (Alternative Harvest ETF) 21.61 next main support.

WEAT (Teucrium Wheat Fund) Support 6.23 the 50-DMA

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One Comment

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    Susan Strandberg

    Dear Mish,

    I bought your book and all I can say is thank you for sharing your knowledge!

    As a follower of your Modern Family indices and noting importance of Transportation sector - it seems Retail sector is going to also have problems in the months ahead. People won’t spend money if retail shelves have no fresh inventory. The expected boom in economy may very well not happen as Wall Street is expecting :/

    I’m passing on a 3/6/21 article in the New York Times. I couldn’t copy/paste the url but I’m sure if u google search this headline - you should be able to find it.

    HEADLINE:

    I’ve Never Seen Anything Like This’: Chaos Strikes Global Shipping
    The pandemic has disrupted international trade, driving up the cost of shipping goods and adding a fresh challenge to the global economic recovery.

    The New York Times
    By Peter S. Goodman, Alexandra Stevenson, Niraj Chokshi and Michael Corkery
    March 6, 2021
    Updated 9:30 a.m. ET

    My question is ... if Global Shipping is in chaos - why is this not being reflected in the Transportation Index?

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