Diamonds, Spiders, QQQ ETFs Set New Highs As Russell Gets Downgraded

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Includes: DIA, IWM, IYT, QQQ, SPY
by: Richard Suttmeier
Summary

The Diamonds ETF set a new high at $273.99 then ended the week below its semiannual pivot at $272.78.

The Spiders ETF set a new high at $301.13 and ended last week above its semiannual pivot at $294.72.

The QQQ ETF set a new high at $134.19 and ended last week above its semiannual pivot at $188.63.

The Transports ETF traded as high as $195.65 last week then closed below its semiannual and annual risky levels at $193.47 and $196.35, respectively.

The Russell 2000 ETF moved sideways again last week below its semiannual pivot at $156.14.

Despite new all-time highs for the Diamonds, Spiders and QQQ ETFs, the technical dynamics are still the same. Diamonds, Spiders and QQQ have positive but overbought weekly charts, transports has a positive weekly chart and the Russell 2000 ETF has been downgraded to a neutral weekly chart.

Spiders and QQQs are above semiannual pivots while Diamonds, transports and Russel 2000 ETFs are below semiannual and annual pivots.

Here’s Today’s Scorecard

Scorecard For The Five Equity ETFs

SPDR Dow Jones Industrial Average ETF (NYSEARCA:DIA)

Daily Chart For DIA Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

The Diamonds ETF is 25.1% above its 2018 low of $216.97 set on Dec. 26 and set its all-time intraday high of $273.99 on July 16. Diamonds is well above its 200-day simple moving average at $255.13.

Diamonds has a positive but overbought weekly chart with the ETF above its five-week modified moving average at $266.37 with its 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rising to 85.97 last week, up from 80.77 on July 12. Monthly and annual value levels are $260.59 and $257.94, respectively, with its semiannual pivot at $272.78 and quarterly risky level at $285.35.

SPDR S&P 500 Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SPY)

Daily C hart For SPY Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

The Spiders ETF is 27.1% above its Dec. 26 low of $233.76 and set its all-time intraday high of $301.13 on July 15. Spiders is above its 200-day simple moving average at $277.93.

The weekly chart for Spiders is positive but overbought with the ETF above its five-week MMA at $293.40 with its 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rising to 86.34 last week, up from 82.14 on July 12. Monthly and annual value levels are $287.60 and $285.86, respectively, with a semiannual pivot at $294.72 and a quarterly risky level at $305.22.

Invesco QQQ ETF (NASDAQ:QQQ)

Daily Chart For QQQ Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

The QQQ ETF is 33.1% above its 2018 low of $143.46 set on Dec. 24 and set its all-time intraday high of $194.19 on July 15. QQQ is well above its 200-day simple moving average at $174.90.

The weekly chart for QQQ is positive with the ETF above its five-week MMA at $187.67 with its 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rising to 83.90 last week, up from 78.28 on July 12. Monthly and annual value levels are $181.65 and $169.27, respectively, with a semiannual pivot at $188.63 and a quarterly risky level at $201.51.

iShares Transportation Average ETF (NYSEARCA:IYT)

Daily Chart For IYT Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

IYT is 22.9% above its 2018 low of $155.24 set on Dec. 24. The ETF is 8.9% below its all-time intraday high of $209.43 set on Sept. 14. The 2019 high of $200.42 was set on April 24.

The weekly chart for IYT is positive with the ETF above its five-week MMA at $188.43 with its 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rising to 52.44 last week, up from 47.39 on July 12. Its monthly value level is $186.61 with semiannual a semiannual pivot at $193.47, and annual and quarterly risky levels at $196.35 and $200.49, respectively.

iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM)

Daily Chart For IWM Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

IWM is 22.3% above its 2018 low of $125.81 set on Dec. 26 and is in correction territory 11.3% below its all-time intraday high of $173.39 set on Aug. 31. The 2019 high is $161.11 set on May 6. The Russell 2000 is above its 200-day simple moving average at $151.43.

IWM has a neutral weekly chart which is a downgrade as the ETF is below its five-week MMA at $154.25. Its 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rose to 58.92 this week, up from 56.02 on July 12. The monthly value level is $152.33 with semiannual and annual pivots at $156.14 and $157.49, respectively, and quarterly risky level at $166.36.

How to use my value levels and risky levels:

Value levels and risky levels are based upon the last nine weekly, monthly, quarterly, semiannual and annual closes. The first set of levels was based upon the closes on Dec. 31. The original annual level remains in play. The weekly level changes each week. The monthly level was changed at the end of each month, the latest on June 28. The quarterly level was changed at the end of June. My theory is that nine years of volatility between closes are enough to assume that all possible bullish or bearish events for the stock are factored in. To capture share price volatility, investors should buy on weakness to a value level and reduce holdings on strength to a risky level. A pivot is a value level or risky level that was violated within its time horizon. Pivots act as magnets that have a high probability of being tested again before its time horizon expires.

How to use 12x3x3 Weekly Slow Stochastic Readings:

My choice of using 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic readings was based upon back-testing many methods of reading share-price momentum with the objective of finding the combination that resulted in the fewest false signals. I did this following the stock market crash of 1987, so I have been happy with the results for more than 30 years. The stochastic reading covers the last 12 weeks of highs, lows and closes for the stock. There is a raw calculation of the differences between the highest high and lowest low versus the closes. These levels are modified to a fast reading and a slow reading and I found that the slow reading worked the best. The stochastic reading scales between 00.00 and 100.00, with readings above 80.00 considered overbought and readings below 20.00 considered oversold. Recently, I noted that stocks tend to peak and decline 10% to 20% and more shortly after a reading rises above 90.00, so I call that an “inflating parabolic bubble” as a bubble always pops. I also call a reading below 10.00 as being “too cheap to ignore.”

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