Semiconductors Sitting on Support

By | April 24, 2016

The Market Vectors Semiconductor (SMH) ETF has been trading in a narrow channel pattern for the last month, above support in the $53.75 area and after meeting resistance near the December 2015 highs in the $56.00 area. Last week it retested the channel low and the technical indicators suggest it is in danger of breaking down.

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The RSI moved below its 21 period average this month and has continued to track lower, while the MacD made a bearish crossover about the same time and is trending in the same direction. Chaikin money flow has crossed below its signal line and is reflecting distribution during this consolidation phase. A lower candle close that takes out the channel bottom projects an initial target price back down near the flat 200 day moving average.

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