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Abigail F. Doolittle is the founder of Peak Theories Research LLC, which is an on-line research firm dedicated to providing investors with a technically-inclined view on the financial markets and the economy. The firm’s research begins with the analysis of charts and then ties in various... More
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  • Treasurys to Rally in the Near-Term? 0 comments
    Jan 9, 2011 6:51 PM | about stocks: IEI, SHY, TBT, PST

    While I fully expect Treasurys to decline further this year, I think it will come in a volatile and range bound manner and at this moment there are some technical reasons to believe that we may see Treasurys rally in the coming weeks.

    First, it appears that potential Triple Top patterns are setting up in the charts of the 7-, 10-, 20- and 30-year Treasury yields with the most defined of these patterns showing up in the 7- and 10-year Treasurys as shown below.

     

    This potential pattern in the 7-year confirms at 2.69% and carries a target of 2.49% while the potential Triple Top in the 10-year confirms at 3.30% and carries a target of 3.07%.

    In the case of the 7-year, there’s little support between 2.51% and 2.39% and this may suggest that if the pattern confirms itself, the 7-year Treasury yield may fall to at least 2.39%.  Similarly, it seems that if the 10-year confirms this pattern by sliding below 3.30%, its yield may go to 3.03% or even 2.95% due to a lack of great support around that target of 3.07%.

    In turn, such potential moves point to the idea that Treasurys are going to strengthen in price in the near-term since price trades inverse to yield.

    Second, the 2- and 5-year Treasury yields appear caught in currently unconfirmed Head and Shoulders patterns that suggest those yields will decline to about 0.45% and 1.70%, respectively.  In truth, the 5-year shown at peaktheories.com passes for a possible Triple Top as well.


     

    Such potential declines in yield also support that Treasurys may rally in the near-term.

    Third, the likelihood of Treasurys strengthening in the near-term is supported by a number of ETFs that track Treasurys and all of these ETF charts can be seen at peaktheories.com with the possible patterns marked in.

    The chart of IEI or an ETF that tracks 7- to 10-year Treasurys and it appears to be showing a minor and somewhat mangled and unconfirmed Inverse Head and Shoulders that confirms at about $115 and carries a target of $116.50.  The chart of SHY seems to show a better but more minor unconfirmed Inverse Head and Shoulders in SHY or an ETF that tracks 1- to 3-year Treasurys.  It confirms at $84.10 and its target is $84.40.

    Both of these potential patterns – as minor as each may be – suggest that we may see Treasurys increase in price in the near-term.

    On the reverse side of the ETF spectrum, we have some inverse ETFs that appear caught in Rising Wedge patterns that are attempting to resolve themselves downward.

    When these patterns resolve themselves successfully to the downside, it is typically in fast order and this does not seem to be the case here.  This seems to speak to the very reliable Thomas Bulkowski’s observation on these patterns or the fact that “…for downward breakouts, as some of the worst performing chart patterns.”  Perhaps for this reason these potential patterns shown above provide little additional support to the idea that Treasurys may strengthen in the near-term but such patterns certainly seem to be in-line with what we’re seeing with regard to technical patterns in the other charts I’ve shown.

    The target for TBT is about $35.00, possibly $34.00 if you’re aggressive with it, while the target on PST is about $39.50.

    From a fundamental standpoint, such a rally in Treasurys seems not to match the relative strength of some of the economic data that’s been released as of late, but perhaps there’s a real “surprise” in the pike in this regard.  Or maybe such a move would accompany a strengthening dollar. 

    Or perhaps the euro-zone debt crisis is about to flare up again.

    The latter would seem to match the swift decline that we’ve seen in the euro against the dollar and, of course, the strength that we’ve seen in the dollar.

    Returning to Treasurys though and to the point with which I began: I fully expect the sell-off in Treasurys to resume at some point this year as is also indicated by the charts as is showin in a longer 10-year chart below.

    At the end of last year, I wrote about thinking the dollar and Treasurys would be somewhat volatile within particular ranges and this remains true.

    Specific to the 10-year, I believe we see the yield move between about 3% and 4% while it seems as though there’s a decent shot it could spend a fair amount of time closer to 4% and this, of course, suggests that a very nice trade both ways is ahead if we do, in fact, see a rally in Treasurys in the near-term. 



    In turn, this may say that the bond bust I wrote about a few weeks ago may be muted by a slow unwind rather than a swift and sudden bursting of what is considered to be the great bull market in bonds.

     



    Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.
    Stocks: IEI, SHY, TBT, PST
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