$XLC a bottom bounce and an interesting observation.

AMEX:XLC   The Communication Services Select Sector SPDR Fund
Happy Labor Day Weekend Chart Watchers.

Its been awhile since I last posted anything but I figured this would make for some good conversation. The Communications sector has been the worst performer YTD of all the SPDR sectors. This weekly chart shows that it might be at an inflection point. First, lets discuss the chart. I am a long term investor. I like to view things in terms of weeks, months and years. This is the chart I use 99% of the time. The chart is a weekly candle chart utilizing a 10 Period EMA moving average and a 40 period SMA moving average. These are my primary trend following tools. My primary oscillators are the RSI and the Mansfield RSI. I'm sure everyone is familiar with the RSI indicator. For those of you not familiar with the Mansfield RSI it is comparison tool with a 52 period moving average overlaid. Basically it is a ratio chart turned into an indicator and made popular by the Stage Analysis Method developed by Stan Weinstein. Most investors use "ABC/SPY" as their ratio comparison chart. I use ITOT as I like to compare the stocks I am looking at against the entire market, you get the idea.

XLC is roughly down 30% YTD. It is the 5th Largest Weighting in the S&P, not an insignificant sector. This chart shows the following: a sector clearly in a downtrend as it is below both moving averages. a weekly candle testing the support created by its previous closing low. As the sector made new lows from March through June, RSI clearly bottomed. The sector made a low in June and then tested its low again at the end of August (to the penny I might add). As this happened RSI swung higher and created a positive divergence. Very interesting!

I think this sector is setting up for a bounce higher going into the end if the year. The Mansfield indicator is still showing a sector suffering from underperformance. If you are someone looking for relative strength to confirm absolute strength then look for the Mansfield indicator to take out the 0.63 level.

Observations: if the worst performing sector of the year holds its lows while the overall market is under pressure does the S&P trade below its June lows? If the worst performing sector turns around and swings higher, what is the overall market doing in that scenario? Its probably moving higher. Obviously if this sector breaks lower then the June lows on the S&P are most likely taken out. However, the evidence as I see it today argues for lows to hold and for a swing higher into the end of the year. Happy Charting!!!

Thanks for reading. Good luck to all!

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