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Sep 12, 2019

Energy Sector SPDR hitting downward sloped trend line

Recently I have written several articles about energy stocks and all of them have been bearish in nature. The stocks have been trending lower and there are a number of them that have poor fundamentals. Tonight, the Energy Select Sector SPDR (NYSE: XLE) caught my attention, or at least the chart did.

The XLE was on a bearish scan that I run each night and as I scrolled through the charts, I couldn’t help but notice how the highs from April, July, and the last two days all connected very nicely with a downward sloped trend line. I also took it upon myself to draw a parallel line to see if the lows connected to form a trend channel. They do to some degree, but the lower rail isn’t nearly as clean as the upper rail.

We see that the overbought/oversold indicators are both at overbought levels and the stochastic readings just made a bearish crossover on September 11.

In addition to the bearish crossover from the stochastic readings, the Tickeron Technical Analysis Overview shows that the higher Bollinger Band was broken. A price fall is expected as the ticker heads toward the middle band, and that invites the trader to consider shorting the XLE, or exploring put options. In 25 of 29 cases where XLE's price broke its higher Bollinger Band, its price dropped further during the following month. The odds of a continued Downtrend are 86%.

The Tickeron Trend Prediction Engine generated a bearish signal on the XLE on September 9. The signal showed a confidence level of 62% and it calls for a decline of at least 4% within the next month. Past predictions on the ETF have been successful 85% of the time.

One of the reasons the energy stocks keep catching my eye is because of the poor fundamentals. When I run my scans each night, there is a bullish list and a bearish list and those scans are based on technical factors. After I get these lists, I run another scan on Investor’s Business Daily to get fundamental ratings using the EPS rating and the SMR ratings as a basic overview of a how a stock is doing fundamentally. I also check Tickeron’s technical analysis and fundamental analysis overviews.

When I saw the XLE on the bearish list, I ran a scan for the top 10 holdings in the ETF to get the EPS rating and the SMR rating from IBD. I put together the following table from that scan.

The average EPS rating of the top 10 holdings in the XLE is 27.8 and that shows poor earnings growth for the sector as a whole. I assigned a number to the SMR rating—5 for an A, 4 for a B, 3 for a C, etc. The average SMR rating is a C+ or 3.5. This shows slightly better than average sales growth, profit margins, and ROEs for this group.

Overall, the fundamental picture for the energy sector isn’t very good based on these findings.

Something else to keep in mind regarding oil and energy stocks is that oil itself has been the subject of geopolitical developments recently. Okay, oil is always the subject of geopolitical developments, but current tensions seem to be elevated with different ships being held in the Persian Gulf.

There are also some that believe the sanctions on Iran will be eased after the firing/resignation of National Security Adviser John Bolton. If the sanctions are eased, there will be more oil on the market or an increase in supply. Oil dropped 2.5% on September 11.

Related Ticker: XLE

XLE's RSI Indicator leaves overbought zone

The 10-day RSI Oscillator for XLE moved out of overbought territory on April 12, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is shifting from an upward trend to a downward trend. Traders may want to look at selling the stock or buying put options. Tickeron's A.I.dvisor looked at 40 instances where the indicator moved out of the overbought zone. In of the 40 cases the stock moved lower in the days that followed. This puts the odds of a move down at .

Price Prediction Chart

Technical Analysis (Indicators)

Bearish Trend Analysis

The Stochastic Oscillator may be shifting from an upward trend to a downward trend. In of 65 cases where XLE's Stochastic Oscillator exited the overbought zone, the price fell further within the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

The Moving Average Convergence Divergence Histogram (MACD) for XLE turned negative on April 12, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is set to turn lower in the coming weeks. Traders may want to sell the stock or buy put options. Tickeron's A.I.dvisor looked at 39 similar instances when the indicator turned negative. In of the 39 cases the stock turned lower in the days that followed. This puts the odds of success at .

Following a 3-day decline, the stock is projected to fall further. Considering past instances where XLE declined for three days, the price rose further in of 62 cases within the following month. The odds of a continued downward trend are .

XLE broke above its upper Bollinger Band on April 02, 2024. This could be a sign that the stock is set to drop as the stock moves back below the upper band and toward the middle band. You may want to consider selling the stock or exploring put options.

Bullish Trend Analysis

Following a 3-day Advance, the price is estimated to grow further. Considering data from situations where XLE advanced for three days, in of 336 cases, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued upward trend are .

The Aroon Indicator entered an Uptrend today. In of 283 cases where XLE Aroon's Indicator entered an Uptrend, the price rose further within the following month. The odds of a continued Uptrend are .

Fundamental Analysis (Ratings)

Fear & Greed

Notable companies

The most notable companies in this group are Exxon Mobil Corp (NYSE:XOM), Chevron Corp (NYSE:CVX), ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), Schlumberger Limited (NYSE:SLB), EOG Resources (NYSE:EOG), MARATHON PETROLEUM Corp (NYSE:MPC), Phillips 66 (NYSE:PSX), Pioneer Natural Resource Co (NYSE:PXD), Occidental Petroleum Corp (NYSE:OXY), Valero Energy Corp (NYSE:VLO).

Industry description

The investment seeks to provide investment results that, before expenses, correspond generally to the price and yield performance of publicly traded equity securities of companies in the Energy Select Sector Index. In seeking to track the performance of the index, the fund employs a replication strategy. It generally invests substantially all, but at least 95%, of its total assets in the securities comprising the index. The index includes companies that have been identified as Energy companies by the GICS®, including securities of companies from the following industries: oil, gas and consumable fuels; and energy equipment and services. It is non-diversified.

Market Cap

The average market capitalization across the Energy Select Sector SPDR® ETF ETF is 77.65B. The market cap for tickers in the group ranges from 10.68B to 461.22B. XOM holds the highest valuation in this group at 461.22B. The lowest valued company is APA at 10.68B.

High and low price notable news

The average weekly price growth across all stocks in the Energy Select Sector SPDR® ETF ETF was -0%. For the same ETF, the average monthly price growth was 9%, and the average quarterly price growth was 40%. PXD experienced the highest price growth at -1%, while VLO experienced the biggest fall at -6%.

Volume

The average weekly volume growth across all stocks in the Energy Select Sector SPDR® ETF ETF was 1%. For the same stocks of the ETF, the average monthly volume growth was -62% and the average quarterly volume growth was -9%

Fundamental Analysis Ratings

The average fundamental analysis ratings, where 1 is best and 100 is worst, are as follows

Valuation Rating: 58
P/E Growth Rating: 33
Price Growth Rating: 52
SMR Rating: 45
Profit Risk Rating: 33
Seasonality Score: 30 (-100 ... +100)
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