Tech stocks’ huge unravelling has been a major theme this year…

The Nasdaq’s yearly low in October represented a massive 37% fall.

But while the trillions obliterated in tech have stolen headlines, other sectors have been dramatically hit too…

Real estate mirrored the Nasdaq’s huge fall, dropping 35% over the same period.

When we last checked the iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR) in October (red arrow on the chart below), it was trading right around its lows…

But it was in the very early stages of an emerging rally.

Today we’ll see how that move panned out… plus what we can expect from here…

A Common RSI Pattern

On the chart below, you can see a clear bear pattern…

IYR has made a series of lower highs (A, B, and C). And the 50-day moving average (MA – blue line) has also been trending down.

Take a look…

iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR)


Source: eSignal

Each of those lower highs coincided with the Relative Strength Index (RSI) forming an inverse ‘V’ at or near overbought territory (upper grey dashed line).

A couple of repeating technical signals underpinned the subsequent down leg from those highs…

  1. The RSI tracked down through support (green line) and bearishly remained stuck in the lower half of its range.

  2. The 10-day MA (red line) further confirmed the down move by bearishly crossing below the 50-day MA.

And each counter-rally within the overall downtrend coincided with the RSI forming a ‘V’ out of oversold territory (lower grey dashed line).

However, it was another common RSI pattern that had our attention when we looked at IYR on October 19…

While IYR was making lower lows (upper orange line), the RSI was making higher lows (lower orange line).

When these two are tracking in different directions, a change of direction is usually near.

Take another look…

iShares U.S. Real Estate ETF (IYR)


Source: eSignal

If the RSI is trending higher (showing an increase in buying momentum), it’ll eventually start to push the stock price higher too.

And that’s exactly how things panned out…

IYR continued to rally as the RSI trended higher and broke back into the upper half of its range. Adding to the bullish momentum, the 10-day MA also broke back above the 50-day MA.

So what am I expecting around here?

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Tracking Along Support

Right now, the RSI is tracking right along support…

For IYR’s rally to continue from here, the RSI needs to remain in the upper half of its range. The longer it can remain in this range, then the longer any rally will be.

However, if the RSI falls through support and gets stuck in its lower half, then we can expect the current rally to fizzle out.

I’ll also be watching the action of our MAs…

To confirm any up move, we’ll also need to see the 10-day MA accelerate further above the 50-day MA.

If the RSI can bounce off support and the 10-day MA continues to track higher, then the current up trend that began in October could play out further.


Larry Benedict
Editor, Trading With Larry Benedict

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