Chart Advisor: Homebuilders Build to New Heights

Articles From: Investopedia
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By J.C. Parets & All Star Charts

Monday, 1st May, 2023

1/ Homebuilders Build to New Heights

2/ Nasdaq Reaches New Highs

3/ Silver Marks the Spot

4/ Demand Cools for Coking Coal

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1/ Homebuilders Build to New Heights

D.R. Horton (DHI), the world’s largest home construction company, is positioning for a breakout to new all-time highs. Like banks or industrial stocks, the performance of homebuilders is a reliable bellwether for the broader market and economy. And it’s not just D.R. Horton, as the entire industry group is exhibiting strength right now.

Here’s a look at a daily candlestick chart of DHI, along with a relative price chart of DHI versus the S&P 500 in the lower pane:

Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

As you can see, an upside resolution has not yet occurred on absolute terms, but it could be imminent. One of the best leading indicators for price is the relative trend. Seeing D.R. Horton make new highs relative to the broader market is a strong signal that price could soon follow on absolute terms.

If and when that happens, it would be a bullish development for risk appetite and the equity market.

2/ Nasdaq Reaches New Highs

We’ve been emphasizing how growth stocks have led the way higher on both absolute and relative terms this year. With the largest growth stocks in the market leading the march higher, it should be no surprise to see this strength appear at the index level.

The chart below shows the Nasdaq 100 ETF (QQQ) reaching fresh eight-month highs:

Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

Buyers successfully defended the lows several times into the end of last year before price rebounded off the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement. After a series of legs higher this year, price has been coiling in a bullish flag pattern over the past month. It seems to be resolving higher now as the index is trading at its highest level since August.

The fact that this heavyweight tech index is making new highs could support further outperformance from growth areas of the market.

3/ Silver Marks the Spot

It’s still an uncertain market. Signs of strength are fleeting, whether we’re looking at stocks or precious metals.

Despite failed breakouts and trading ranges dominating the market environment, one bullish data point has stood out over the past few weeks regarding precious metals: silver.

Here is a chart of silver futures finding support at a critical polarity zone:

Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

The $24.75 level acted as support last spring before giving way to increased selling pressure. By the end of last year and heading into early 2023, the same price level turned into resistance.

This is the principle of polarity in action, as the forces of supply and demand highlight the importance of this level.

As long as silver futures hold above this level, it could be constructive for prices. On the other hand, if price undercuts its January highs, near-term risks could turn to the downside.

4/ Demand Cools for Coking Coal

Cyclical commodities are under pressure. 

A prime example is crude oil and copper futures trading below their respective risk levels, but last month’s candle in coking coal futures also captures the selling pressure.

The chart below shows a large-bodied candle in coking coal futures:

Source: All Star Charts, with data provided by Optuma

Sellers took control of the market at the beginning of last month and drove prices lower through last Friday’s close, sending them below their prior highs from 2016.

Risks are now to the downside for coking coal. Similar weakness could spill over to industrial and base metals, especially rebar, steel, and iron ore futures. 

Decisive downside momentum in coking coal futures would not support a rebound in economic growth or an environment supporting higher commodity prices.

Originally posted 1st May 2023

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