Jeff Clark's Market Minute

The Next Move for Treasury Bonds

Treasury bonds rallied last week, just as they were set up to do.

The rally was partly inspired by “safe-haven” buying. As the broad stock market falls, nervous investors tend to sell off their stocks and park the money in the T-bond market.

But, let’s face it… Treasury bonds were so remarkably oversold going into last week, they were overdue for a bounce. And, the 15-minute chart of the iShares 20+ Year Treasury Bond Fund (TLT) I showed you last Monday suggested a rally could happen right away. And it did.

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So, for today, let’s take another look at that 15-minute chart and see if we can figure out what will be the next move for the Treasury bond market…

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Keep in mind, this is a 15-minute chart. Patterns on this time frame typically start to play out within just a couple of days.

Last week, we noted that as TLT was declining in price, the MACD and RSI indicators were rallying. This “positive divergence” is often an early warning sign of an impending bounce.

That bounce started last Tuesday and carried through all the way to Friday.

By Friday, as TLT was bumping into $115, both the MACD and RSI indicators had stretched into overbought territory. Notice, though, there wasn’t any negative divergence on the move. In other words, as TLT pressed higher, the MACD and RSI indicators pressed higher as well. That’s a good sign that following any sort of pause – to relieve the overbought conditions – TLT will move higher again.

Starting on Friday and continuing through yesterday, TLT has chopped back and forth between $114.30 and $115 per share. During this consolidation period, the technical indicators have recycled back to neutral.

That’s bullish. TLT has worked off its overbought condition without giving back much of the recent rally. Now, there’s enough room for the technical indicators to start moving higher again and fuel another bounce.

And, since this is a 15-minute chart, I expect that bounce will get started within the next day or two.

Best regards and good trading,

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