Post-Election Breakouts to Trade: Apple, GLD, SLV, USO, and IWM
The big question is: When will gold and Apple shares bounce?
Here we are again with another election behind us and Barack Obama in the White House again. Many think this means four years of the same things: printing, inflation, and higher stock prices.
Is this good or bad for Americans, or the world for that matter? It doesn't much matter since there's nothing anyone can do about it now. So buckle your seatbelt and focus on trading and investing on major trends both within the United States and abroad, using exchange traded funds.
Currently the broad stock market and commodities are in a full-blown bull market, so the focus should be to buy the dips until proven wrong. Below are some charts showing the important breakout levels for Apple, metals, oil, and key indexes like the Russell 2000 (INDEXRUSSELL:RUT).
Be aware that during pullbacks that last more than a month, which is the market has done, some of the biggest drops in price happen just before prices bottom. Scaling into positions is the key to minimal drawdowns.
AAPL Stock Chart
Shares of Apple clearly show the down channel which must be broken before investors start buying again. This stock seems to have big potential for $650 to be reached quickly. If Apple shares rise, so will the overall stock market.
Gold Spot – GLD Exchange Traded Fund
During August and September investors flooded the gold market in anticipation of QE3. Since then gold has been drifting lower with profit taking and because of some slowly strengthening economic numbers in the USA. Gold looks ready for a run to $1800 but may stabilize here for a few weeks first.
Silver Spot – iShares Silver Trust ETF (NYSEARCA:SLV)
The price of silver moves similar to that of gold. While the charts look the same, silver is highly volatile and can super-charge your portfolio when metals rally.
Crude Oil Spot – United States Oil Fund ETF (NYSEARCA:USO)
Crude oil has been correcting for a couple months as well and still has a lot of work to do before a new uptrend is triggered. Currently oil is trading in the middle of its trading range, but once the price breaks above $93 per barrel, a good investment fund would be USO.
Russell 2000 Small Cap Index (NYSEARCA:IWM)
Small cap stocks typically lead the broad market in both directions. They are the first to rally and the first to rollover and sell off. The major indexes like the Dow (INDEXDJX:.DJI), S&P 500 (INDEXSP:.INX) and NYSE (NYSE:NYX) have not formed clean chart patterns, which is why my focus is on the Russell 2000. Small cap stocks are now showing a rising relative strength compared to the S&P 500 large cap stocks and this is very bullish for stocks in general. The best way to trade this index is through the exchange traded funds IWM and Direxion Daily Small Cp Bull 3X Shs ETF (NYSEARCA:TNA).
Post-Election Trading Breakout Summary:
In short, history shows that equities tend to rally after an election. For a detailed outlook of how to trade stocks and indexes during the election cycles, be sure to read my report, The Election Cycle – What to Expect in Stocks & Bond Prices.
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