Agricultural commodities still looked ready to rally.

Yes… I know I said the same thing last month. And, the bullish setup I pointed to back then went the other way. The Invesco DB Agriculture Fund (DBA) sold off for the rest of June. It finished the month about 4% below where it was when I turned bullish.

But the “Ags” are starting off July on a better note. DBA has recovered everything it lost in June. And, the setup is bullish again.

Take a look…

The rally earlier this week popped DBA back above all of its various moving averages (the squiggly lines on the chart). The short-term momentum has flipped back to bullish.

Notice also how the decline at the end of June lines up with the previous 52-week low from late April. This sort of “double-bottom” pattern often occurs at the end of a longer-term downtrend. And, it often sets the stage for a significant rally.

So, while the bullish setup I pointed to last month didn’t play out as expected, we may want to give the “Ags” another try.

For now, DBA is stuck in a three-month-long consolidation pattern between $13.20 and $13.90. It’s going to have to break out to the upside of this pattern in order to kick off a new bullish phase. But, I like the odds of that happening.

As I mentioned last month, DBA is a slow mover. Agriculture prices usually don’t change all that fast. But, if DBA can pop above the resistance line at $13.90, then we could see a quick rally to the next resistance level just below $14.75. And, if the rally really gets moving, DBA could get back up to the March high above $15.50.

Best regards and good trading,

Jeff Clark

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Reader Mailbag

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