A few weeks ago, we checked in on the SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME)

After rallying strongly in early 2022, it reversed sharply in April and quickly headed down.

By the time XME retested and held support in July, it had given up all its yearly gains.

After a false break higher in August, XME retested and finally held its long-term support level… and began to rally. It had ground 40% higher when we checked in on it in late January.

However, that move subsequently topped out – and now XME is testing a key level. So today we’ll see what’s in store from here…

Holding Support

On the chart below, you can see the common pattern that led to XME’s reversal in April.

While XME was making higher highs (upper red line), the Relative Strength Index (RSI) was making lower highs (lower red line).

When these two diverge, a change of direction is likely. And that’s exactly what we saw as XME headed sharply down.

Take a look at the chart…

SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME)


Source: eSignal

Our two moving averages (MAs) show the strength of that down move. The 10-day MA (red line) bearishly crossed below the 50-day MA (blue line) at an extreme right angle.

Then, after bouncing off support in July and September, XME’s current rally began…

When the RSI formed a ‘V’ and moved out of oversold territory (lower grey dashed line), XME’s up move started to gather pace. Soon after, the RSI broke into the upper half of its range (above the green line).

Two other bullish signals further confirmed the up move…

  1. The 10-day MA broke back above the 50-day MA.

  2. XME’s peak at ‘1’ on December 5 marked a higher high than its previous peak in August.

But after hitting that peak at ‘1,’ XME retraced into the end of 2022 before beginning its next leg up in early January.

That next leg up also coincided with the RSI breaking back into its upper range… And the 10-day MA broke back above the longer-term 50-day MA.

Take another look…

SPDR S&P Metals and Mining ETF (XME)


Source: eSignal

However, on January 26 (red arrow), I warned XME could potentially reverse if the RSI reversed out of overbought territory (upper grey dashed line).

Now, the RSI is right on support (red circle). So what am I looking for around here?

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A New Higher High

The chart shows that the RSI recently bounced strongly off support. This move coincided with XME making a strong move higher too.

If the RSI can remain predominantly in the upper half of its range from here, then that’ll help provide further momentum to XME’s rally.

The next test for XME’s rally is to make a higher high (than ‘2’) at what would become ‘3.’ However, I’ll also keep a close watch on our two MAs…

If the 10-day MA can turn higher and start accelerating above the 50-day MA, then the longer XME’s rally could be.


Larry Benedict
Editor, Trading With Larry Benedict

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