Is All the Stock Market’s Love in Vain?

Robert Johnson wrote the blues song Love in Vain long before The Rolling Stones made it a hit.

In the song, a man is taking his failed romantic partner to the train station. 

The train pulls out of the station and he is left wondering whether “All my love’s in vain.”

In the market, the only real winner today was the train – or the Transportation sector (IYT).

All the stock market indices turned red.

The Retail (XRT), Biotechnology (IBB), and Semiconductors (SMH) sectors also sold off to close red.

Transportation IYT gained, even making a new swing high today at 194.32.

Semiconductors SMH, also made a new swing high before selling off. 

As did NASDAQ 100.

There’s one more day left in the week, a week defined by chop and low volume.

Will we hear the bulls singing, “the blue light was my baby, and the red light was my mind?” 

In the news, Nancy Pelosi said that she would meet with Trump to talk about an infrastructure bill (one we Americans have been hearing about since forever).

While the idea has bi-partisan support, there is little agreement on funding or how to pay for it.

That makes the prospects dim.

Nevertheless, the weekly chart reflects some optimism.

IYT is on a new swing high and leaving distance between price and the 50-week moving average (blue line).

Until that changes, or IYT breaks below the 190 area, the bias remains friendly.

When today’s IYT train “left the station, it had two lights on behind.”

Now though, “it’s hard to tell, hard to tell”, if all the market love was in vain.  

S&P 500 (SPY)  – Swing high at 288.91. 287.37 pivotal support held perfectly. 

Russell 2000 (IWM) – Confirmed accumulation phase. 156.36 must hold.

Dow (DIA)  – 263.61 now pivotal. Under 261.00 can see 258.

Nasdaq (QQQ)  – Made a new Swing high at 185.78 before closing red. 

KRE (Regional Banks) – 53.40 pivotal resistance cleared making it pivotal support.

SMH (Semiconductors) – New swing high at 113.03 and then sold off. Must hold 111.

IYT (Transportation) – New swing high at 194.32. 191.75 immediate support to hold. 

IBB (Biotechnology)  – 115 key pivotal resistance 110.90 key support.

XRT (Retail) – 45.50 now pivotal resistance with 44.48 key support.

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The author may have a position in the mentioned securities at the time of publication. Any opinions expressed herein are solely those of the author, and do not in any way represent the views or opinions of any other person or entity.

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