Should the Stock Market Worry About Regional Banking Sector?

KRE Regional Banks is a member of key ETFs I follow in my “Economic Modern Family”. 

With bank earnings in gear, this ETF measures the smaller banks-the ones where people living in more rural communities and smaller cities often go to borrow and save money.

Here is a passage from March 22, 2022:

“We have and continue to use Mish’s Economic Modern Family to successfully navigate through the pandemic and now, in 2022, we use its insights to guide us through a year that has three main overhead pressures: geopolitical stress from the current Russian/Ukraine war, inflation and, finally, rising interest rates.”

I quote that passage as one week later marked the high print of the S&P 500. And we all know what happened from there.

So, here we are in 2023 and the enthusiasm for a bottom remains high.

Calls for a Fed pivot are relentless. 

Yet, like March 22, 2022, the Russia/Ukraine war persists, inflation, although cooled is some areas forges on, and rising interest rates-well the FED has said nothing about a pivot.

By the way, deJa’Vu all over again, the U.S. has a debt ceiling emergency in the midst. 

I remember 2011. The political battle to delay the inevitable-raise the ceiling and print more money. Until everyone played nice, the market fell 20%.

That makes me wonder, is this why the Regional Bank ETF (KRE) has lagged and lives so dangerously close to a weekly chart breakdown? 

kre regional bank etf trading reversal lower bearish stock market chart january

First, the 6-month calendar range.

The January high in KRE is 61.08 or just under the 50-daily moving average. 

The 6-month low is 57.50, precisely on the 200-week moving average.

We are loving the calendar range this year because of how well it lines up with major moving averages.

So, now KRE sits about midpoint of the range.

A move under 57.50 and regardless of what the other members are doing, we will take that as fair warning.

A move above 61.10 and we take that as a good sign and continue shopping.

However, this mid-range chop can wreak havoc, so tread lightly with some patience until the range reconciles.

And, remember-always best to look at the weakest link in the family as well as the strongest member. KRE is the weakest. 

So we ask, temporary malaise, or contagious with further illness on the horizon?

Stock Market ETFs Trading Analysis & Summary:

S&P 500 (SPY) Jan calendar range reset day 1 and SPY fails the 200 and 50-DMA

Russell 2000 (IWM) In better shape than SPY but still a nasty reversal and must hold 180

Dow (DIA) Back under the 50-DMA as industrials lose ground

Nasdaq (QQQ) Sitting just under the 50-DMA-and never cleared the 200-WMA

Regional banks (KRE) Led the way down and now must hold 57.50

Semiconductors (SMH) Still holding key support at the 50-WMA so we shall see

Transportation (IYT) 225 key support here.

Biotechnology (IBB) Still best sector with 132 key support.

Retail (XRT) 63 the 200-WMA if market good must hold.

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

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