Tonight I would like to update the Basic Materials sector as this area now looks like it’s ready to resume its bull market. Also with the stock markets breaking out today, especially the INDU, this adds another layer of confirmation that the breakout is the real deal. As we’ve discussed previously there are many big cap Dow stocks that make up the XLB, Basic Materials fund, and with the INDU making a new all time high today there will be some individual components making new all time highs as well.
Lets start by looking at a weekly chart for the XLB, Basic Materials fund, that is breaking out of a bullish rising flag this week. This bull flag has been building out since last spring and now the price action is trading into new all time highs. There was a conventional bull flag that formed between 2015 and 2016 that sloped down.
That down sloping black flag started to form after the 7 point bearish rising wedge completed.