Regional banks took another leg down, to 52-week lows. Here’s what the KRE ETF looks like now (and which levels matter most).
First Republic (FRC) – Get Free Report went down late last week, another bank failure in the U.S.
It joined Signature Bank (SBNY) – Get Free Report and Silicon Valley Bank (SIVB) – Get Free Report and continues to weigh on investor sentiment and on the SPDR S&P Regional Banking ETF (KRE) – Get Free Report.
At last glance the KRE ETF was down about 7.75% on Tuesday and hitting new 52-week lows. That’s clearly weighing on the S&P 500, with the index down more than 1.5% on the day.
The weakness in the KRE ETF is likely setting off a few alarm bells for investors. Prolonged weakness in the regional banks presents risk in the group, even if the larger banks can absorb a lot of the damage.
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The decline comes as the Federal Reservebegins its two-day meeting and is expected to raise interest rates by 0.25 percentage point on Wednesday. The Fed’s moves affect so many economic aspects, including the regional banks.
We’re seeing some concerning action out of the KRE ETF so far this morning. Let’s have a closer look.
Trading the Regional Banks ETF (KRE)
The KRE ETF had been bobbing around the $42 level, which had become key support since the regional-banking concerns began.
But the stock continued to put in a series of lower highs, a bearish technical development. Worse, it continued to test the $42 level. While it bounced each time it got below $42, each dip went a little bit deeper.
Now slicing down deep below this level, the ETF is coming into the 78.6% retracement near $38.25, a potential scenario we highlighted when we previously looked at the KRE.
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From here, we’ll have to see how the ETF handles this level. If it holds, the $41 to $42 zone will be the upside target for those looking for a rebound. If this zone is resistance, the setup remains bearish.
If the 78.6% retracement fails as support, the KRE could be looking at a break down to $34. That level was notable support twice in mid-2020 after the covid-19 selloff had subsided.
If $34 doesn’t hold, it could eventually put $30 back in play.
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