Market Vectors Coal ETF (NYSEARCA:KOL) is currently forming a “base at the lows,” after undergoing a significant decline from the highs of 2011. These lower level bases can be tricky to enter, as we usually see one or more false breakouts along the way before the real breakout occurs. The recent basing at the lows is shown on the weekly chart pattern of $KOL below:
The shorter-term daily chart of $KOL below shows the 50-day MA (teal line) starting to trend higher over the past few months and the 20-day EMA has now crossed above the 50-day MA and is pointing higher. The 50-day MA is still trading below the 200-day MA, but that is to be expected on a lower level base breakout. Still, we should always see the price action above the 50-day MA before doing any buying of a base at the lows:
With this type of technical ETF trading setup, the idea is not to catch a bottom; rather, we wait for some bullish momentum to build before establishing a position. We also see higher “swing lows” forming within the base, which is a bullish sign. If the price action pauses for a day or two in the $25.30 to $26.00 area, we might be able to grab a low-risk entry point on a breakout above a two or three-day high, which would also put the price back above the 200-day MA. If this ETF meets our strict technical criteria for swing trade buy entry, regular newsletter subscribers will be notified in advance with exact trade details for the setup.
With the main stock market indexes posting back to back accumulation days (higher volume gains), the odds of the broad market staging a significant rally have increased dramatically in just a few days. Yet, the true test will come over the next two to three weeks, as we look for new ETF and stock breakouts to hold and extend higher, as new technical setups are developing. Such a constant rotation of fresh potential ETF and stock breakouts is one of the key factors we look for to confirm that a new bull market may be under way. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet, but this at least gives you an idea of what to be looking for as a reliable indicator of whether or not recent strength in the stock market will be sustainable.