Here’s a review of the previous post on the energy sector:
On September 18th, 2008 I wrote that the energy sector presents a bounce opportunity. As the chart of the S&P Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLE) shows, the bounce was a feeble one which failed within a few days:
But the rational for it remains. The bullish percent index for the energy sector is now the lowest for any sector in the market. The only other sector close to scraping the bottom is the industrials at 3.57%.
What is very strange is seeing the energy sector and the transports in alignment. I mentioned the oversold transportation sector earlier this morning. So what we may end up seeing is the strange case where both of them rally together.
Of course, sectors don’t just rally because they are oversold. Although it is rare, they can and have gotten down to zero. We are approaching DEFCON 2 - if the sentiment overview is anything to go by. And although it sounds absolutely crazy, now is not the time to be selling but rather coming up with a game plan to go long.
The days ahead will demonstrate for traders why being disciplined in respecting stop-losses is more valuable than having the conviction behind a position.
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