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Here's this week's update for the exchange-traded funds that track U.S. Treasury bond yields, gold bullion, utility stocks and junk bonds. These "flight to safety" investment choices took a hit last week, ending with negative charts for their ETFs.

The yield on the 30-year U.S. bond set its pre-Brexit vote high of 2.563% on June 23; last Friday's high yield was 2.494%, with its 200-day simple moving average now in play at 2.531%. This yield has been below its 200-day SMA since Jan. 12, when the yield was 2.927%. This week's value level is 2.498%, with my annual pivot at 2.265%.

Investors can trade the U.S. Treasury 30-year bond like a stock using the 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF (TLT) - Get iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond ETF Report , which is an exchange-traded fund backed by a basket of U.S. Treasury bonds with maturities of 20 years to 30 years. As a stock-type investment, it never matures, and interest income is converted to periodic dividend payments.

Comex gold futures set their second-half 2016 high of $1,377.5 on July 6, after trading as low as $1,252.8 at the Brexit vote low on June 24. This low was broken on Friday, with the day's low $1,243.2, and the close was below the 200-day simple moving average at $1,256.9. My value level for the fourth quarter is $1,215.7, and my risky level for this week is $1,293.1. On Monday, gold is back above its 200-day simple moving average of $1,257.9.

Investors can trade gold like a stock using the SPDR Gold Shares ETF (GLD) - Get SPDR Gold Trust Report , which is backed by gold bullion.

The Dow utilities average set its all-time intraday high of 723.83 on July 6, then traded as low as 655.98 on Sept. 9, setting the trading range. This range was broken to the downside last week, and is now below the 200-day simple moving average of 657.00, after trading as low as 638.22 on Thursday. This week's pivot is 641.32, with key levels of 635.23 and 670.81 -- a neutral zone for now. My risky level for the fourth quarter is 700.14.

Investors seeking the safety of dividends can trade the Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLU) - Get Utilities Select Sector SPDR Fund Report , which is a basket of 28 utility stocks.

Investors betting that junk bond yields will tighten against U.S. Treasury bonds should consider the SPDR Barclays High Yield Bond ETF (JNK) - Get SPDR Bloomberg Barclays High Yield Bond ETF Report . Keep in mind that the performance of junk bonds correlates to the stock market, not to the bond market. This ETF set its 2016 high of $36.76 on Aug. 29, and a new high is feasible as long as the ETF stays above its 50-day simple moving average of $36.39.

The year-to-date gain for S&P 500 SPDR ETF (SPY) - Get SPDR S&P 500 ETF Trust Report slipped to 5.5% last week vs. 6.1% on Sept. 30, and its weekly chart ended last week negative. Despite all getting slammed last week, the U.S. Treasury bond ETF, the gold ETF and the utility stocks ETF still outperform the S&P 500 ETF, with year-to-date gains of 11.1%, 18% and 8.9%, respectively, vs. 14%, 23.8% and 13.2% a week ago.

Here's the daily chart for the bond ETF.

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The horizontal lines on the daily chart shows the Fibonacci retracements of the rally from the June 26, 2015, low of $114.88 to the July 8 high of $143.62.

The bond ETF gapped below its 23.6% retracement of $136.86 on Sept. 9, and traded as low as $133.03 on Sept. 15, above the 38.2% retracement of $132.66 and its 200-day simple moving average, then at $131.61.

A rebound to $139.15 on Sept. 28 filled the gap to the Sept. 8 low of $137.26, but strength could not hold the 50-day simple moving average of $137.83. Last week's break below the 23.6% retracement of $136.86 led to weakness to $133.09 on Friday, above the 38.2% retracement of $132.66 and above the 200-day simple moving average of $132.68.

Investors looking to buy the bond ETF should continue to do so on weakness to $132.45, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016. A lower value level of $122.31 is in play until the end of 2016.

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Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider doing so on strength to $137.09, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of the week. $142.11 is the risky level for the remainder of the year.

Here's the daily chart for the gold ETF.

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The horizontal lines on the daily chart for the gold ETF are the Fibonacci retracements of the rally from the Dec. 17, 2015, low of $100.23 to the high of $131.15, set on July 6.

The ETF stayed above its 23.6% retracement of $123.85, until breaking below it on Oct. 4. Last Friday's low of $118.42 was below the 38.2% retracement of $119.34 and its 200-day simple moving average of $119.93. The close was between these key levels.

Investors looking to buy the gold ETF should do so on weakness to $115.64, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider doing so on strength to $125.50, which is a key level on technical charts for this week. The risky level for October is $139.16.

Here's the daily chart for the utilities ETF.

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The horizontal lines on the daily chart for the Utilities Sector ETF shows the Fibonacci retracements of the rally from the Dec. 11, 2015, low of $41.50 and the July 6 high of $53.02.

The utilities ETF rebounded from the 38.2% retracement of $48.61 on Sept. 16, then traded as high as $51.23 on Sept. 27, which proved to be a "key reversal," with a close below the Sept. 26 low of $50.64. The 23.6% retracement of $50.30 then became a technical resistance and weakness.  Since then, the ETF failed to hold the 38.2% retracement of $48.61 on Oct. 3 and the 200-day simple moving average of $48.59. The Oct. 6 low of $46.79 and Friday's close of $47.12 are below the 50% retracement of $47.26.

Investors looking to buy the utilities ETF should do so on weakness to $45.89, which is the 61.8% retracement.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should consider selling strength to $51.19 and $51.46, which are key levels on technical charts until the end of 2016.

Here's the weekly chart for the junk bond ETF.

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The weekly chart for the junk bond ETF remains positive but overbought, with the ETF above its key weekly moving average of $36.42 and still well below its 200-week simple moving average of $38.70. This ETF has been below its 200-week SMA since the week of Nov. 14, 2014, as the junk bond bubble was popping. Back then, the 200-week SMA was $40.16. The weekly momentum reading ended last week at 86.05, up from 83.69 on Sept. 30.

Investors looking to buy the junk bond ETF should do so on weakness to $32.98, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of 2016. The $36.46 level should be a magnet until the end of the year.

Investors looking to reduce holdings should do so on strength to $37.89, which is a key level on technical charts until the end of October.

This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.