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By Annie Pei, CNBC TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon says the financials are finally catching up to the market rally, and a breakdown in bonds may just bring about an even bigger rise for the big banks. "The overall market seems to have stabilized, the S&P is pressing the 2018 highs, and it looks like the financials are finally playing a little bit of catch-up here," he said Tuesday on CNBC's "Trading Nation." On a chart of the long-term bond-tracking ETF TLT, Gordon points out that the TLT has tried to break through the $123 mark multiple times in the last few months. But its inability to do so leads Gordon to believe the ETF is headed even lower, which means yields are about to press higher, a move that will benefit financials. To play for a move higher in the financial sector, Gordon is looking to the XLF, the ETF… more

By Keris Lahiff, CNBC Disney's magical rally is under threat Friday as its stock moves lower for the first time in ten sessions. Some still see further upside from here. The charts look bullish to Craig Johnson, chief market technician at Piper Jaffray. "Look at a weekly chart. You're making what we define as a nice ascending triangle, which is... more

With nothing more than a quick glance at Wednesday's market action, and headlines, it's not difficult to connect the dots. Renewed (and ramped-up) trade war chatter undercut stocks, which were overbought to begin with. That was the only cause, and this was the only possible outcome. That's a viewpoint, however, that doesn't hold up to scrutiny. Reality: Traders never really... more

By Annie Pei, CNBC The chart of the financials has reached a very precarious level, according to TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon. Not only is the financials-tracking ETF (XLF) down about 1.5 percent year to date, but Gordon says its underperformance relative to tech stocks makes it among the most vulnerable in the event of a market pullback. Here's why: The... more

By Annie Pei, CNBC The bond market is about to breathe a sigh of relief, TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon told CNBC's "Trading Nation" on Thursday. Looking at a chart of the ETF that tracks longer-term Treasurys, Gordon said the bond market is oversold as yields remain overbought. He expects a relief rally around the corner. Here's why: Gordon observes that... more

Want to know the secret to making a killing trading options? It's not quite what you think. Ok, maybe to some degree it's exactly what you think – making the right call on a stock or index at the right time. But, if you think there's an end-all, be-all turn-key approach that translates in big-time success, there isn't. The so-called... more

By Annie Pei, CNBC The S&P 500 is creeping closer to a key critical level that could mark a make-or-break moment for the rally, says TradingAnalysis.com founder Todd Gordon. Last week, Gordon predicted that based on the classic Elliott Wave theory, which posits that market trends move in a succession of waves that can be used to foresee the next... more