A Long Term View On…. Emerging Markets

Emerging Market ($EEM) have been important to US investors and traders since at least the early 1990s. Touted for their non-correlated growth and diversification, they have also become a barometer of risk taking in the global market place. Many pundits are currently talking about how they are going to explode to the upside and that now is the time to buy in ahead of that move. But what do the technicals suggest? Let’s take a look.

Starting with the monthly view above the slowing volatility is first noticed in the price action. A tightening range has persisted from the beginning of 2011, after a near retest of the the 2007 highs. This move started with in the bounds of the bullish (green) and bearish (red) Andrew’s Pitchforks, but after breaking above the Upper Median Line of the bearish Pitchfork in February of this year, the bullish Pitchfork has been in control. The Relative Strength Index (RSI) has held in bullish territory since moving there off the 2008 bottom, but the Moving Average Convergence Divergence indicator (MACD) has been negative, diverging. Until this month. The MACD is on the verge or crossing into positive territory, joining the RSI in supporting a move higher. If this pushes the price higher then the next important area is the Hagopian Trigger Line (dotted red line) at about 48.80 followed by the retest of the high. A move over that would trigger a target on a

Measured Move to 63 and make all those pundits happy. But it has some work to do on the shorter weekly timeframe first. The chart above shows that the last 3 years activity can also be viewed as a broad channel between 35.91 and 42.54 with a parallel channel above. The Volume by Price bars to the left show just how much volume has churned in this range compared to outside of it. All of the Simple Moving Averages (SMA) are running sideways with a RSI that is oscillating and flirting between bullish and bearish signals accompanied by a MACD that is flat. These give no signal as to a future move. At the top of the range the nod is given to the upside in terms of a potential breakout but only on a wait and see basis. It is the daily chart that controls the fate of this ETF. With the exception of a 4 day party to the downside out of the box, it has been in consolidation

between 40.90 and 42.54 for over 3 months. Note that this is the top of the range in the weekly chart. Wednesday it was testing the top of the box for the first time since September with a RSI that is making new higher highs and a positive MACD. Both supporting a break to the upside. The break of the box higher continues the target from the symmetrical triangle break to 48.75 with a Measured Move to 44.75 along the way. There would be a lot of positive in this chart on a sustained hold over 42.54. But until then there is no power. So there is an upward bias in all of the charts but being held back by a long term consolidation on all time frames. The key levels to watch are a break and hold above 42.54 causing a cascade higher possibly to 63, but failure continuing the morass until a a break down would occur under 40.90 that accelerates under 35.91.

This is the second in a series of A Long Term View On …. articles that will appear of the next few weeks.

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