The Direxion Daily Transportation Bull 3X Shares (TPOR) is up about 8% to start 2021, and the transportation sector itself looks poised to keep moving forward. This bodes well for bullish traders in the sector.

TPOR seeks daily investment results equal to 300 percent of the daily performance of the Dow Jones Transportation Average. The index measures the performance of large, well-known companies within the transportation industry.

The fund itself has risen over 100% within the last six months:

TPOR Chart

Leveraged funds are powerful. Compare TPOR’s six-month chart to the S&P 500 Transportation index. A side-by side-comparison shows TPOR up almost four times as much as the index within the same time frame.

TPOR Chart

When the index itself is added to the six-month chart, TPOR shows its leverage once again, with a 3x gain over the Dow Jones Transportation Average it tracks:

TPOR Chart

Transportation Keeps Moving in 2021

The transportation sector tends to serve as a barometer for the strength of the economy. This is apparent in the six-month chart showing the S&P 500’s transportation sector rising about 10% higher when compared to the broad S&P 500 below:

^SPXTG Chart

“The essential role that transportation companies play in today’s modern economy has become very apparent in 2020,” writes Casey Murphy in an Investopedia article. “As many traders look back on the year and plan how to reallocate their capital in 2021 and beyond, the transportation sector – including carriers, railroads, long-haul trucking, and related infrastructure services – will likely have stronger representation in portfolios for years to come.”

TPOR’s run higher came after the ‘golden cross’ signal showed itself on September 18 when the 50-day moving average moved past the 200-day moving average. Since then, TPOR has risen almost 40%.

A relative strength index (RSI) indicator and a stochastic relative strength index (StochRSI) can also confirm momentum. The RSI shows a level of 56.79, which sits below overbought levels.

Likewise, the StochRSI is at 0.614, which is also below the overbought levels. Short-term traders can see this as an entry point for an area of value or use the 50-day moving average as a level of support.

TPOR Chart

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