zerohedge.com / Via Dana Lyons’ Tumblr on 05/11/2016 15:20
Oil stocks are at a seemingly “must-hold” level within their long-term reversal attempt.
If there is one sector that best symbolizes the prospects of the post-February stock market rally, it is energy. It isn’t that energy stocks have been the only area performing well in this rally. To the contrary, we have pointed out on numerous occasions the evidence of strong breadth within the rally. As such, many segments of the market have been working, from longer-term relative strength leaders that continue to score new all-time highs to those beaten up sectors exhibiting momentous mean-reversion bounces. Oil stocks would fall into that latter category, of course. The question now is, will the bounce in oil stocks only be a mean-reverting move – or the start of a longer-term, more meaningful rally? One key index may be undergoing a test right now that could go a long way toward answering that question.
The index is the NYSE Oil & Gas Index, or XOI. We have mentioned the XOI several times in recent months as oil stocks have indeed been in the spotlight. Our main focus in those posts, including this April 13 piece most recently, has been on the lifetime (post-1986) Up trendline in the XOI, and its significance in delineating bullish prospects from bearish ones among oil stocks. This trendline is our “line in the sand”, as we called it, in determining the well-being of the XOI. And after dropping below the trendline in January for the first time in 30 years, the index was able to reclaim the line as we mentioned in the April post.
Thanks to BrotherJohnF