ETF Sector Relative Strength Corner: Aero Defense Flying Higher
Aerospace and Defense (ITA) The ITA has shown solid relative strength the last few weeks even when the broad market was having issues. The sector is up about 3% to start the month of October and looks poised to continue higher after closing back above its 21-week EMA the last two weeks. ITA had a strong start to 2021 running up from 90 to 110 before having a summertime pullback retracing about half the gains. Now has broken above its downtrend and momentum shifting higher with the RSI at 55 above the midline. Seasonally Aerospace has shown a positive bias in October and November the last 10 years. Up 7 of 10 years in October and 9 out of 10 years in November with a 5.5% average return.
The ETF’s top 5 holdings are RTX, BA, LMT, TDG, NOC but the top two names RTX and BA make up about 40% of the index. The best-looking charts within the group include a few of the top names as RTX and NOC are hitting new highs. But BA and LMT are a few coming out of recent downtrends with potential to catch up. Looking to buy the strongest charts in this group or just buying the ETF for a position trade into November may be a way to play the bullish seasonality and trend continuation on the weekly chart.
BA has seen a lot of bullish options flow since the start of October including today on 10/11 a large buyer of December $230 and $240 calls for more than $6M in premium combined.