Larry’s note: Welcome to Trading with Larry Benedict, the brand new free daily eletter, designed and written to help you make sense of today’s markets. I’m glad you can join us.

My name is Larry Benedict. I’ve been trading the markets for over 30 years. I got my start in 1984, working in the Chicago Board Options Exchange. From there, I moved on to manage my own $800 million hedge fund, where I had 20 profitable years in a row. And, I’m featured in the book Market Wizards, alongside investors like Paul Tudor Jones.

But these days, rather than just trading for billionaires, I spend a large part of my time helping regular investors make money from the markets. My goal with these essays is to give you insight on the most interesting areas of the market for traders right now. Let’s get right into it…

It’s been a brutal start for tech stocks this year.

Not even the biggest names on the market are safe…

Tesla is down around 30% since the start of January. Amazon has dropped nearly 20% over the same time.

Additionally, some of last year’s high-profile IPOs are now trading at a fraction of their float price.

The potential of even more interest rate rises is putting major pressure on the indices. The Nasdaq is already down 15% this year and the S&P 500 is down 10%.

So far, 2022 has been a stark contrast to last year where tech stocks drove the bull market.

That relationship between the mega-tech stocks and the broader market is something we’ve looked at a lot since last year.

In light of the current selloff, I want to examine how this is playing out… Because it’s now those same tech stocks pulling the market down.

For the broader market to hold up, we’ve previously discussed how important it was for industrial stocks to take their share of the load.

Based on the chart below, the last time (red arrow) we checked in on the Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI), it rebounded lower off resistance (the upper blue horizontal line). And it was trading right in the middle of its trading channel on the green line…

Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)


Source: eSignal

And with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) right on its support level (50% – orange line), we looked at two possible scenarios…

First, for XLI to rally back up to the top of its trading band, the RSI would need to bounce off this support.

And second, the RSI could fail to bounce and then break lower. We could expect XLI to fall around the $100 price target at the bottom of the trading range (lower blue line).

As you can see, the RSI broke lower, sending the share price right down to test support. With so much volatility around, XLI has been swinging in a wide range right around that support line.

For XLI to have any chance to consolidate and form a base so it can rally, it’s vital for XLI to hold this support level.

You can see the similarities so far in the current move (B) with that back in September-October (A). Back then, XLI repeatedly tested support before eventually rallying.

The catalyst for that rally came from increased buying momentum (RSI).

As the lower half of the chart shows, the RSI trended higher from an oversold (lower grey horizontal line) to an overbought position (upper grey horizontal line). This took the share price higher.

Right now, the RSI is again heading into oversold territory. Take another look…

Industrial Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLI)


Source: eSignal

If the RSI can repeat that pattern from ‘A’, then we could see XLI also bounce and rally off support. While that could be a potential setup for a long trade in XLI, it could also provide support for the broader market.

The action around this support level is the key to what XLI does from here…

XLI might fail to attract buying momentum and break below support. This would set up a scenario for a short trade.

That’s why I’m watching the current price action like a hawk. What happens this week in XLI will be key in determining what direction the broader market heads from here.


Larry Benedict
Editor, Trading With Larry Benedict

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