The market had a relatively quiet day as investors look to the Thanksgiving holiday. Stocks did end lower on Monday, with the QQQs declining 1.1%. DIA lost 0.06% today. As seen in the chart above, starting from October 11, 2022, the Dow Jones (represented by DIA) outperformed the other key US Indices.
In comparison to the tech heavy QQQs, which are down -29.71% year to date, DIA is only down -7.8%. Although trading volumes are often lower during a holiday-shortened week, traders should remain vigilant. Our risk gauges continue to flash caution. Consumer Staples led on Monday with a gain of 1.1%, while Utilities have gained almost 3% over the last five trading days despite a decline in risk-on sectors.
Traders should monitor volatility closely, as well as the performance of each US index, because they offer a glimpse of where things could be heading by year's end.
DIA is down modestly from recent highs while decisively outperforming small caps and technology. It is close to taking out the previous highs of mid-August. DIA shows leadership in the Triple Play Indicator and strong momentum in the Real Motion Indicator, as shown by the green arrows above.
The Trend Strength Indicator (TSI) score for DIA is positive at 3.38, which is exceptionally high, suggesting that the current trend is robust and has more longevity. The TSI is positive and the strongest of the four equity US benchmarks. DIA also crossed the 200-week moving average in early November and is now trading sideways, consolidating recent moves.
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