However, regardless of whether it continues to hold near the $42.00 level or retrace a bit lower, we feel the ETF needs another week of sideways price consolidation to produce a decent base of support. Presently, $FXI is only 13 days into its current base, and we prefer to see at least 15 to 20 days of basing action before a breakout. The current daily chart pattern of $FXI is shown below:
In yesterday’s technical ETF commentary, we said Market Vectors Coal ETF ($KOL) was niely positioned for technical trade entry, and we are now “officially” long in our model ETF portfolio. Nevertheless, $KOL still has some work to do, as it must break out above the high of its current trading range (over the $26 level). If it convincingly moves above this level, we could possibly see a rapid move to the $32.00-$33.00 area. This price range marks a prior support level that should now act as resistance on the way up. The longer-term weekly chart of $KOL below illustrates this:
Notice on the chart above that there wasn’t much trading that took place in the $26.00 to $32.00 range when the ETF was formerly in a downtrend. This means there is minimal overhead price supply, which could enable the price to easily run to $32.00 if the breakout generates enough momentum. This makes for a very favorable reward to risk ratio, meaning there is quite a bit of upside (reward), while still allowing for a fairly tight stop (risk).