Will Federal Reserve Deliver Final Verdict for Financial Stocks, Market?

Just as the stock market rally seems to be gaining some traction, investors check their calendars and see next week’s Federal Reserve meeting.

And it couldn’t come at a more important time for financial stocks, and by extension, the broader market.

Today we shine a spotlight on the “weekly” chart of Financial Sector ETF (XLF) and discuss why it is at a critical juncture.

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$XLF Financial Sector ETF “weekly” Chart

As you can see, XLF broke above its down-trend line before consolidating over the past several weeks. During this consolidation, XLF failed to convincingly breakout above its August high in December and currently is retesting those highs. That resistance ($36.00-$36.50) is even more important to watch over the next week as the Federal Reserve meeting takes shape. I’m sure it will be noisy with some price swings but I’ll be watching where XLF closes for the week. A breakout that sticks would be very bullish, while a reversal lower would be bearish.

xlf financial sector etf trading breakout resistance chart january 27

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