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Long-Term Rates Trending Lower

11/20/06 12:55:40 PM
by Arthur Hill

The 10-year Treasury note yield found support over the last two months but remains short of a reversal, and the odds favor a move lower for interest rates.

Security:   $TNX
Position:   Hold

The trend for the 10-year Treasury note yield ($TNX) is in place until proven otherwise. My goal is to establish the direction of the current trend and bet on a continuation until proven otherwise. First, I will show that the bulk of the evidence shows an existing downtrend. Second, I will show a bearish continuation pattern that would confirm this assumption. Third, I will show what it would take to reverse this downtrend.

On the price chart (Figure 1), the 10-year T-note yield broke below the June low, the 50-day moving average, and the 200-day moving average to establish a downtrend. You cannot have a downtrend without a lower low and this support break shows weakness. In addition, the 50-day moved below the 200-day in early October. The last crossover occurred in early October 2005 and the uptrend lasted around 12 months. This cross is less than two months old and could have further to run.

FIGURE 1: 10-YEAR TREASURY NOTE. The 10-year T-note broke below the June low, the 50-day moving average, and the 200-day moving average to establish a downtrend.
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Graphic provided by: Telechart 2007.
$TNX established support around 45.40 (4.54%) over the last three months, and the pattern at work looks like a small head & shoulders of the continuation variety (Figure 2). The left shoulder formed in late September, the head in October, and the right shoulder in November. A move below 45.40 would signal a continuation lower and project further weakness to around 42.5. A decline in rates implies a rise in bonds and such a move would be bullish for bonds.

FIGURE 2: 10-YEAR TREASURY NOTE. The 10-year T-note appears to have formed a small head & shoulders pattern.
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Graphic provided by: Telechart 2007.
What would it take to prove this scenario otherwise and expect rates to rise? $TNX established resistance around 48.5 from the October high and the 200-day moving average. The 10-year T-note yield would have to hold support and break above 48.5 to reverse the current downtrend. The pattern at work would be a double bottom and the upside target would be to around 51.5 or a test of the May-July highs.

Arthur Hill

Arthur Hill is currently editor of, a website specializing in trading strategies, sector/industry specific breadth stats and overall technical analysis. He passed the Society of Technical Analysts (STA London) diploma exam with distinction is a Certified Financial Technician (CFTe). Prior to TD Trader, he was the Chief Technical Analyst for and the main contributor to the ChartSchool.

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