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NEW YORK (
) -- Conventional commentary yesterday described the trading as light and lackluster. Yet
S&P SPDR Gold
climbed back above a critical trendline,
PowerShares Developed Market Ex US
experienced 30 times the normal trading volume and
iShares DJ Transports
notched a new 52-week high.
Beginning with the yellow metal, some surmised that the "risk-on" trade would result in a downtrend for S&P SPDR Gold. After all, GLD had risen a staggering 20% between the three months of late January and late April. Moreover, the share price had remained above a 50-day moving average for four months before succumbing in late June.
The "downtrend" didn't last very long, though. Yesterday, GLD rose back above its 50-day to close a mere -2.2% from all-time highs.
In spite of the euro losing ground to world currencies, in spite of a downgrade on Portuguese debt, not everyone is disgusted with non-U.S. developed-world equities. An institutional investor, or a few money managers, bought $38 million worth of PowerShares FTSE RAFI Developed World Ex U.S. on 30 times normal volume. The fund's assets under management swelled from roughly $285 million to $323 million -- a 13.3% increase in one trading session.
PowerShares FTSE RAFI Developed Markets Ex-U.S. tracks an index of the largest developed world stocks (excluding the U.S.) -- 1000 equities that score highly on fundamental measures (e.g., book value, income, sales and dividends). The fundamentally weighted portfolio is rebalanced on an annual basis. PXF remains roughly -5.5% below its April 29 multiyear high.
Perhaps most impressive, iShares DJ Transports actually registered a new multiyear high yesterday. Dow Theory proponents would likely declare that the bull market is back in gear, as transporters are hitting new highs before industrials; transporters should surge first because their profits rise as they move "stuff" from manufacturers to big industrial companies.
In other words, the move in IYT suggests that new highs for
Dow Industrials Diamonds
is just around the bend. Granted, they may still be a few percentage points off a new peak right now. Still, a 10% jump over two weeks from the transporters is a rather strong sign of bullish momentum for the market at large.
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