Treasury ETFs on the Precipice | ETF Trends

Are Treasury exchange traded funds on the verge of a major technical breakdown?

U.S. government bond ETFs are giving off weak technical signals as markets await the Federal Reserve announcement and President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address.

For example, iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury (TLT) was in negative territory along with the S&P 500 and Dow on Tuesday. Stocks and Treasuries have tended to move in opposite directions lately.

Traders trying to guess the next move in stocks closely watch U.S. Treasuries, which are the largest and deepest market in the world. Bonds often sound the alarm before the trouble hits equities.

Treasury ETFs spiked over the summer while riskier assets were crushed on fears the European debt crisis was set to explode.

The iShares Barclays 20+ Year Treasury has traded in a range since September after the ETF hit an all-time high fueled by Eurozone woes, deflation fears and the Fed’s bond buying. However, the fund recently broke below its 200-day moving average. [ETFs That Short U.S. Treasury Bonds]