Bearish Call On Home Builders ... What's Next For ITB?

Last Wednesday, prior to the official FOMC rate hike of 75 bps, Mike Paulenoff warned MPTrader members about the likelihood of additional weakness in the beleaguered home builders, writing about the ITB (iShares US Home Construction ETF):

"In that, neither my pattern work nor my intermediate-term Momentum gauges offer much technical confidence that ITB will be able to carve out a meaningful corrective basing area in and around 53.00, I am expecting the price structure to head still lower to test the next key Fibonacci support plateau in and around 46.00."

Mike added, "The fact that the Fed intends to maintain its rate hike cycle through Q3, 2022 at a minimum (unless today's FOMC policy statement and Powell press conference change the timeline), and given the sharp back-up in mortgage rates, the crash in demand for mortgages, the slowdown in economic growth (recession?), and residual upward pressure on prices in general, and housing in particular, the prospects for a powerful, sustained upside reversal in ITB appears low-to-none."

ITB, which was trading at 53.18 at the time, proceeded to nosedive into Friday's late-session 11-month corrective low at 48.02, a down-move of 9.7%, bearing down on Mike's next lower key technical level at 45.80-4600, which represents the Fibonacci 62% support plateau of the entire post-March 2020 Pandemic bull phase.

The ability of ITB to contain further weakness in and around 46.00 will provide Mike with valuable technical and macro market information about the underlying strength or weakness of the housing sector, the consumer, and the outlook for mortgages (longer-term interest rates).  Mike's work argues that ITB buyers need to emerge to imbue an otherwise dismal and still-deteriorating intermediate-term technical setup with an initial measure of confidence to avert triggering the potential for a "death spiral" in the housing and home building sectors.

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