In yesterday’s (August 28) Wagner Daily newsletter commentary, we said there were three ETFs on our “unofficial” watchlist that we were monitoring for potential buy entry in the near-term. They were: SPDR Gold Trust ($GLD), iPath Grains ETN ($JJG), and S&P Health Care SPDR ($XLV). In case you missed it, our initial technical analysis on buying the Gold ETF ($GLD) was posted here on our trading blog two days ago. Of these three ETFs, we are now adding two of them to our “official” ETF Trading Watchlist as potential stocks to buy today.
The first potential ETF trade is $GLD, which has now formed a tight “bull flag” formation over the past four days. But rather than buying $GLD, we are targeting the leveraged Gold Double Long ETN ($DGP) for buy entry instead. As annotated on the chart below, our technical buy trigger for $DGP will be a breakout above the 4-day high (newsletter subscribers should note our exact entry, stop, and target prices in the ETF Watchlist section of today’s report above):
Although leveraged ETFs like $DGP have a tendency to underperform the nonleveraged ETFs over longer holding periods, some of these ETFs are fine for trading shorter-term, momentum-driven trades, while providing the benefit of using less capital to achieve potential upside gains.
In addition to $DGP, we are now also targeting $JJG for “official” buy entry. Yesterday, it provided us with the slight pullback we were looking for and bounced perfectly off of support of its 20-day exponential moving average. As such, we are now looking for a buy entry above yesterday’s high, with a stop below the 20-day exponential moving average (plus some “wiggle room”). Again, regular subscribers should note our preset trade parameters in the ETF Watchlist of today’s issue. The technical swing trade setup in $JGG is shown below:
Despite the relatively flat closing prices in the broad market, all but one of the 8 open positions in our model trading portfolios (6 individual stocks and 2 ETFs) showed relative strength to the major indices by rallying moderately higher yesterday. As we frequently mention, the only time we really pay much attention to the performance of the main stock market indexes is when it comes to instances of heavier volume gains (“accumulation days”) or heavier volume declines (“distribution days”). What always matters more is the performance of individual positions.
When we are doing our jobs by simply buying stocks and ETFs with solid bases of consolidation and relative strength, it frees us from the concern and worry of having to pay attention to how much the Dow moves up or down every day (unlike the talking heads of financial news networks who constantly dwell on the performance of the popular market indexes). For now, our objective, rule-based market timing model remains in buy mode, so we will continue to be positioned on the long side of the market, albeit with reduced share size.