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In March of 2017 the Health Care Sector (XLV) emerged from a large Reaccumulation structure into a fresh new uptrend. Much has happened since then. Let’s update the status of this uptrend.

After a sustained advance from 2009 to 2015 the trend stopped and a Reaccumulation formed. This trend stopping area was flagged by a base PnF count (click here to view). After the Reaccumulation the uptrend resumed. The PnF Counts have provided a useful road map for the likely direction and extent of the trend. Recently a Count has been fulfilled. Does this suggest that XLV has completed a bull run? Or is there more to go for this important leadership theme?


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Note how the resumption of the uptrend began while the large Reaccumulation was still forming in 2016.  As this major Reaccumulation concluded, the stride of the next Markup phase formed and the Trend Channel could be drawn. After a year-long uptrend and a Climactic surge in early 2018, price failed below the bottom of the channel. XLV demonstrated its resilience by forming a new Reaccumulation and hatching a fresh uptrend at mid-year. The Health Care Sector reemerged into a leadership role. Let’s take a PnF count of this new Reaccumulation to determine if there is more life in the big bull trend of XLV.

Three Segments have been identified in the large Reaccumulation of 2015-17. Segment One was fulfilled at the BCLX surge in early 2018. Segment Two (lower objective) has just been reached, and may have further to go (to the higher target zone). The upper trend channel line (see vertical chart) has not yet been reached, and the high target ($104) of the PnF range of Segment 2 is very near this trendline price level. A Stepping Stone Confirming PnF count is at work here. Note how the 2018 Reaccumulation and Segment 3 of the previous Reaccumulation both nest at the same price target zone. The trend may need a rest soon, as the Segment 2 objectives are met. There is still potentially higher PnF price objectives ahead for this most important leadership group. Ongoing XLV leadership is encouraging for the continuation of the long term bull market for stocks.

All the Best,

Bruce
@rdwyckoff

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Bruce Fraser
About the author: , an industry-leading "Wyckoffian", began teaching graduate-level courses at Golden Gate University (GGU) in 1987. Working closely with the late Dr. Henry "Hank" Pruden, Bruce developed curriculum for and taught many courses in GGU's Technical Market Analysis Graduate Certificate Program, including Technical Analysis of Securities, Business Cycle Analysis and the Wyckoff Method. For nearly three decades, he co-taught Wyckoff Method courses with Dr. Pruden, and has also used this approach to the markets as the foundation of his own trading for over 35 years. Learn More
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