Recent housing starts and construction payroll data suggests that the housing recovery is gaining strength, and MoneyShow’s Tom Aspray examines the charts for new opportunities.
After its best January in ten years, the Dow Industrials continued higher Tuesday and is just 1% below its all-time highs. Though Tuesday’s gains in the Dow and S&P 500 were minor, the A/D and Up/Down volume ratios were almost 2 to 1 positive. The Nasdaq 100 was lower for the day.
The short-term sentiment on Wall Street is skittish to say the least as many feared that stocks would drop sharply after the State of the Union message but so far the futures are actually up slightly. If we get one sharp down day, I would look for a wave of bearish sentiment in the financial media.
Both the NYSE A/D line and the short-term A/D indicators are still rising, which is a positive sign. The ranges have quite narrow so far this month and typically there would be an increase in the daily ranges before a top was complete.
One of the strongest sectors since they flashed a volume buy signal in October 2011 has been the home building or the home construction stocks. The leading home building ETFs and home building stocks have been correcting in February but surged Tuesday on a bullish home sales report.
The short-term technical outlook and increasing volume suggests the correction is over but are there any new opportunities for investors or traders?
Chart Analysis: The long-term weekly chart of the Dow Jones Home Construction Index shows that the 38.2% resistance was overcome several weeks ago.
The SPDR S&P Homebuilders (XHB) has several of the larger home builders but also Whirpool (WHR), Tempur-pedic (TPX) and Lumber Liquidators (LL). XHB dropped below the 20 day EMA last week and tested the $28 level.
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