The Pickings are Slim, but one Metal Stands Out

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The pickings are extremely thin in the markets because the vast majority of groups are in downtrends. TrendInvestorPro tracks trend signals in 274 ETFs. This list include 170 stock-based ETFs, 18 fixed income ETFs, 17 commodity ETFs, 9 currency ETFs and 60 non-US ETFs. Only 14 (5.1%) of the 274 are in uptrends.

My scanned used the Rate-of-Change of the 200-day SMA and the percentage difference between the 5-day SMA and 200-day SMA to define uptrends. The 200-day SMA is rising when its 5-day ROC is positive and the trend is up when the 5-day is above the 200-day. Only 14 ETFs had a rising 200-day and a 5-day SMA above the 200-day SMA.

Unsurprisingly, 8 of the 14 are energy-related ETFs (FCG, XOP, DBE, XLE, RYE, PSCE, IGE, AMLP). There are two commodity ETFs in the mix (CORN, PALL). Three non-US ETFs (TUR, ILF, EWZ) and, of course, the Dollar Bullish ETF (UUP). Today I would like the focus on the Palladium ETF (PALL) because it sports an uptrend overall and an advance since summer.

The chart below shows PALL with the 200-day SMA and the 5-day SMA in the main window. The first indicator window shows the Moving Average Trend, which is the 5-day ROC of the 200-day SMA. I added a signal filter at .30 and -.30 (green/red lines) to reduce whipsaws. The lower window shows the percentage difference between the 5-day SMA and 200-day SMA. I added a signal filter at 5% and -5% to reduce whipsaws.

On the price chart, PALL formed a higher low from December to June and has been rising since the June low. The green dashed lines show a rising channel (uptrend). The Moving Average Trend indicator exceeded .30 in mid September and this reflects a firmly rising 200-day SMA. The Percent Above MA indicator exceeded 5% on August 12th and has yet to dip below -5%, which would reverse the signal. All in all, the Palladium ETF is performing well in a seriously warped market. A close below the September lows would call for a re-evaluation.

TrendInvestorPro remains very defensive and has been since the Composite Breadth Model turned bearish on April 11th. Yield spreads are rising and the vast majority of stock-based ETFs are in downtrends. The bear market will end one day and I recently published a report and video analyzing past bear markets for clues on the current bear market. Click here for immediate access.

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