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Runaway inflation and rising interest rates have put consumers under enormous pressure.
With less money to go around, folks simply have less to spend on nonessential items. That’s why the consumer discretionary sector has lost around one-third of its value since the start of 2022.
By comparison, the other side of the consumer equation – consumer staples – has held up relatively well…
The Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP) is trading just a couple of dollars below where it was in January.
However, that doesn’t mean this sector lacks trading opportunities. XLP has had numerous swings in 2022.
When we last checked XLP on October 17, it had just traded off its yearly lows. And it was showing promising signs of an emerging rally.
Today, we’ll see how that move played out to reveal what we can expect from here…
On the chart below, the 50-day moving average (MA – blue line) shows XLP’s long-term trend.
Within that sideways pattern, XLP has made six major countertrend moves…
Let’s take a look…
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP)
Rather than getting put off by all these moves, we need to look for tradeable patterns.
In October, we saw that when the Relative Strength Index (RSI) formed a ‘V’ and rallied from oversold territory (lower grey dashed line), XLP subsequently bounced.
And the current up move began with this exact setup too…
But today, XLP’s strong rally is pushing the RSI close to overbought territory. So, let’s check out what happens in the upper part of the RSI’s range.
Here’s the chart again…
Consumer Staples Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLP)
You can see three previous examples (red circles) when the RSI went into overbought territory.
The RSI initially tracked along the overbought line with each. But XLP only reversed when the RSI formed an inverse ‘V’ and began dipping back toward support (green line).
Remember, just because the RSI indicates a stock is overbought, we shouldn’t short it straightaway (if at all). Instead, we need to wait for a decisive move lower before committing to a short trade.
So with the RSI so close to overbought territory, what am I looking for around here?
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Confirmation of a Reversal
If the RSI tracks along the upper grey line without any decisive reversal, then XLP’s current rally is likely to go further…
The longer it can stay in the upper half of its band, the stronger the up move should be.
However, if the RSI makes an inverse ‘V’ and retraces lower from overbought territory (like the past red circles), then that could provide the setup for a short trade.
The other thing I’ll be watching is our MAs…
Right now, the 10-day MA is accelerating above the 50-day MA, which typically is a bullish sign. I’ll be looking for this to reverse to confirm any XLP reversal.
For now, we’ll wait and watch closely… Our indicators are telling us a potential trade setup might not be far away.
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