On January 26, 2018, the Utilities Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLU) was trading 4% and 5% below its 50-day and 200-day moving average levels, respectively. The weakness in XLU is underlined by the fair discount to both the key moving average levels. Its 50-day moving average level around $53.2 will likely act as a resistance for XLU in the short term. Currently, XLU is trading at $51.0.
Relative strength index
XLU is trading at an RSI (relative strength index) of 55.
The RSI is a momentum indicator made up of values between zero and 100. Movements below 30 are considered to be in the “oversold” zone. Movements above 70 are considered to be in the “overbought” zone. RSI values at extremes can hint at an imminent reversal in the stock’s direction.
According to the latest report, the short interest in XLU increased 8% as of January 12, 2018. The total shorted shares in XLU were 49.2 million on December 29, 2017, while they grew to 52.9 million as of January 12, 2018. An increase in the short interest could suggest that more investors are expecting XLU to fall from its current price levels.
The short interest is the number of shares that are sold short and not covered back yet. The short interest measures investors’ anxiety.