The Treasury Bond And Utility Stock ETFs Set New Highs, Junk Bonds Slump With Stocks

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Includes: JNK, TLT, XLU
by: Richard Suttmeier
Summary

The Treasury bond ETF set an all-time intraday high of $148.90 on Aug. 28, above its annual pivot at $145.84.

The utilities sector ETF set its all-time intraday high on Sept. 3 approaching its semiannual risky level at $63.67. A monthly risky level is now at $65.13.

The high yield bond ETF is between its “reversion to the mean” at $107.58 and its five-week modified moving average at $108.12.

The yield on the 30-year Treasury bond yield fell to an all-time intraday low of 1.905% on Aug. 28 and its weekly chart still shows that the decline in yields is overdone. Its monthly support for September is 2.177% with its annual risky level at 1.756%.

The dividend yield for the utilities stock ETF fell to 3.10% last week, down from 3.16%.

I continue to recommend that investors avoid junk bonds.

Here are weekly charts for these ETFs

The iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:TLT)

The U.S. Treasury 30-year bond ETF trades like a stock and is a basket of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities of 20+ years to 30 years. As a stock-type investment, it never matures and interest income is converted to periodic dividend payments.

Weekly Chart for TLT Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

The Treasury bond ETF ($147.28 on Aug. 30) is up 21.2% year to date and set its 2019 high of $148.90 on Aug. 28. This ETF is in bull market territory, up 31.6% from its 2018 low of $111.90 set on Nov. 2. TLT has a positive but overbought weekly chart with the ETF above its five-week modified moving average of $139.86 and well above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $125.05. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rose to 86.26 last week, up from 85.13 on Aug. 23, moving further above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

Investor Strategy: Investors have reduced holdings on strength to its annual risky level, now a pivot at $145.84. Be patient and buy weakness to its semiannual value level at $135.75. I show a monthly pivot for September at $141.64

The Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLU)

Weekly Chart Foe Utility Stocks ETF Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

The utility stock ETF ($62.58 on Aug. 30) is up 18.3% so far in 2019 and is 23.2% above its Dec. 26 low of $50.81. XLU has a positive but overbought weekly chart with the ETF above its five-week modified moving average at $61.03 and well above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $51.97. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rose to 83.84 last weekm up from 79.98 on Aug. 23, moving above the overbought threshold of 80.00.

Investor Strategy: Investors should buy weakness to its annual pivot at $58.98 and reduce holdings on strength to the semiannual and monthly risky levels at $63.67 and $65.13, respectively.

SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (NYSEARCA:JNK)

Weekly Chart For Junk Bond ETF Courtesy of Refinitiv XENITH

The junk bond ETF ($108.81 on Aug. 30) is up 8% so far in 2019 and is 10.2% above its Dec. 26 low of $98.76. The weekly chart for JNK ended last week positive with the ETF above its five-week modified moving average at $108.16. The ETF is just above its 200-week simple moving average or “reversion to the mean” at $107.58. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading rose to 59.83 last week, up from 59.39 on Aug. 23.

Investor Strategy: Buy weakness to its annual and semiannual value levels at $102.60 and $99.15, respectively. Reduce holdings on strength to its monthly risky level at $115.04.

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 Aug. 30. 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.

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