I’ve noticed a lot of extra noise out there regarding this week’s FOMC meeting. I’m generally in the camp that the noise gets louder sometimes in order to help sell ads and increase page views and not necessarily because one particular week is any more important than another. I try and let supply and demand dictate my actions rather than a specific event like an Apple announcement or a Yellen speech. If you’re a day trader trying to anticipate or fade knee-jerk reactions, that’s fine. But for us that look out weeks and months, this is all just noise that we want to avoid at all costs. They make for great headlines, but it’s not for us.
As far as U.S. Treasury Bonds go, the one I get asked most about by readers and subscribers to our research is the infamous TLT. It’s by far the most liquid ETF out there and represents the longer end of the curve, so it makes sense. We’ve been in the camp over the last 6 weeks that Bonds are a no touch (See here: August 6, 2015). Our upside targets were hit after being bullish since early June so I figured we’d back off at let it digest those gains. I especially hated prices approaching a flat 200 day moving average. Long time readers know how much I hate that. Price near a flat 200 day creates headaches that we simply don’t need.
So after some digestion, I think it’s time to take another look and see where we’re at. This is a daily candlestick chart of the TLTs where I marked what I think are the 2 most important levels. I’ve referenced them in prior posts, but there is so much market memory here that I think it would be irresponsible of us to ignore them. First of all, look at this area just above $118. Last August in 2014 this was key resistance, but more importantly look how well it held as support in November. That range that resolved to the upside just before Thanksgiving was so tight that the breakout was spectacular. More recently, after holding below that level for most of June and July, it wasn’t until prices were able to exceed it that we got this explosive rally:
Here we are back down to this level. The problem that I still see is the overhead supply. $125 has been support and resistance since the 4th quarter last year and the whipsaws above and below it led to key reversals. The market respects this level and so do I. This also happens to be where we find a flat 200 day moving average that suggests a lack of trend. Sentiment-wise, Treasury bonds are right in the middle so we’re not seeing any extremes there either.
For now I think we’re still stuck in this range. The lack of trend suggests fading the upper end and covering shorts or putting on tactical longs at the lower end. Of course this all depends on your time horizon. Are you looking for a trade to put on for a few hours or days? Or are you looking out weeks and months? I’m more of an intermediate term guy, so for me the lack of trend suggests continuing to stay away bigger picture. For shorter-term market participants, trading the range seems like the best bet from here.
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