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Finding Opportunity During a US Holiday Trading Week

July 6, 2021, 11:36 AM Rafael Zorabedian , Stock Trading Strategist

It’s the week of the Independence Day Holiday, and that typically leads to lighter volume trade. There is little in the way of economic data this week, so let’s find some potential opportunities.

Last week’s Non-Farm Payroll data was a refreshing change of pace for market participants. As the market expected 700K jobs added during June, the market got a print of 850K. The S&P 500 moved higher on Friday, tacking on about 25 handles from the time the data was released, and the close.

It was one of those Fridays where the market was up off of economic data and just kept drifting higher. The pre-holiday trade factored in here too, and volumes seem to dry up in the afternoon. On days like that, you would have to find a very compelling reason to get long or short anything. Most professionals are closing up their books ahead of the long weekend and just wanting to be flat. Over a period of years, I came to learn that Fridays were my least productive trading days, so I personally look to be flat, and/or have only longer-term swing trades or position trades on heading into a weekend.

That is useful insight, but it is so last week. What can we find this week?

First, I want to mention that this week is a light one on the economic data front. On Tuesday, we get the ISM Services PMI (manufacturing expansion or contraction). On Wednesday, we get the FOMC meeting minutes, which could provide some additional depth to the last Fed statement. We expect a light volume, holiday-week style trading week on the major exchanges this week.

Tropical Storm Elsa

We also have Elsa - currently a Tropical Storm (and will hopefully stay that way). Trade themes tend to center around energy, insurers, orange juice during Florida storms. I am currently writing to you from the projected path of Elsa, and hopefully, it will be weaker than expected! Personally, I would be looking to fade Elsa. I somewhat kid, but did you know that you can actually trade weather?

Figure 1 - SPDR S&P 500 ETF January 29, 2021 - July 6, 2021, 10:10 AM, Daily Candles Source

A simple observation: The S&P 500 has been higher in nine of the ten last trading sessions. It has been unfadable and looking forward to this week on lighter volume; it may take a surprising catalyst to send the index lower in any meaningful fashion. We are approaching technically overbought levels according to RSI (14), but what could be a catalyst for substantially lower prices? Sideways consolidation could be the next theme in the short-term on light holiday week volume.

Given the expectations for the style of this week, and not wanting to chase an index higher that is approaching daily overbought levels (but not looking to get short either), we can look to particular stories and themes in order to find a potential opportunity.

Let’s Talk Banks & KBE

Now that we have the first Fed interest rate hike hint out of the way, we can think about bank stocks over the longer term. Higher interest rates can create net interest margin expansion for banks and can boost the bottom line.

Many bank stocks sold off on the Fed news initially (a buy the rumor sell the fact type trade). Now that we have pulled back a bit in the bank names, I begin analyzing ETFs for opportunities.

Figure 2- KBE S&P Bank ETF October 30, 2017 - July 6, 2021, Weekly Candles Source

Above, we have the KBE S&P Bank ETF. You may be thinking - banks? They are so boring! The truth is I do like boring. There is a meaningful pullback off the highs in the banking sector of the S&P 500 already. We like to buy pullbacks in bull markets, right? The above chart is a weekly chart, and we can see that the price is approaching the previous highs made in late 2019 and that we are at the bottom of the most recent consolidation range.

Perhaps a quieter S&P 500 this week can provide an opportunity in an ETF that has pulled back over 9% from its 2021 highs; as the S&P 500 has continued to make new highs.

Turning to the Daily Charts:

Figure 3- KBE S&P Bank ETF September 1, 2020 - July 6, 2021, Daily Candles Source

We have several levels to consider here. First, we are very close to the recent low point of the consolidation range ($49.15) combined with the 50% Fibonacci retracement level of $49.02.

However, what if the broader market finally pulls back/consolidates? A move lower could give us a dip in the KBE, potentially to the 2019 highs near $48. This pullback could be soon and could coincide with a daily RSI (14) reading at oversold levels near 30 or lower.

That’s the kind of stuff I like to see, and I like having a plan in place for when it happens. I like looking at the key 61.8% retracement level of $47.39 and the 2019 highs of $48.11.

To sum up the current viewpoint and opinion:

I have BUY opinions for:

  • SPDR S&P Bank ETF (KBE) between $47.39 - $48.11. See the detailed analysis above. Wait for the pullback, I think we will see one. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • Defiance Quantum ETF (QTUM) between $44.00 - $49.50. Update 07/06: This one wants to break $50.00 - it is close. This is a play in automation, robotics, and AI. Try to get it on a pullback instead of buying the very top of the range. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • Amplify Transformational Data Sharing ETF (BLOK) between the 200-day moving average and $40.00 200-Day Moving Average is currently $41.12 Update 07/06:Waiting for pullbacks, still. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • Invesco MSCI Sustainable Future ETF (ERTH) between $65 and $66. Update 07/06: If not on board yet, wait for pullbacks between the $65 and $66 level. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • Invesco Exchange-Traded Fund Trust - S&P SmallCap 600 Pure Value ETF (RZV) on pullbacks. Update 07/06: This one is moving lower today, down 3.44% the last time I checked to $91.51. It is below the 50-day MA of $94.42. Consider using today’s pullback to get long, if you are not already. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • iShares Global Timber & Forestry ETF (WOOD) Initial buy idea zone between $79.07 and the 200-day moving average ($80.94 as of 07/01). Update 7/06: No change in outlook here and this one has held up very nicely. Look to add the 2nd tranche between $81.13 (200-day SMA) and $80.00. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • Invesco Solar ETF (TAN) Update 07/06: Same Suggestion: If not long already, or looking to add to a position, consider the 200-day moving average (currently $87.24) as a spot to consider getting long or adding. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.
  • First Trust NASDAQ Clean Edge Smart Grid Infrastructure Index Fund (GRID). Update 07/06: No change to outlook and consider a pullback to $90 level for potential entries if not already long. Always use a stop loss level that caters to your individual risk tolerance.

I have SELL opinions for:


I have a HOLD opinion for:


Thanks for reading today’s Stock Trading Alert. Your readership is valued and appreciated. Have a productive week!

Thank you,

Rafael Zorabedian
Stock Trading Strategist

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