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Russell 2000 Manages Small Gain But Whipsaw Risk Remains High

By Declan FallonStock MarketsJul 29, 2021 01:12AM ET
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Russell 2000 Manages Small Gain But Whipsaw Risk Remains High
By Declan Fallon   |  Jul 29, 2021 01:12AM ET
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The Russell 2000 was one of the better performing indices on the day Wednesday, but it didn't change the larger picture of an index caught in a trading range.  Yesterday's gain was enough to see a new 'buy' trigger in the MACD as it closed on its 20-day MA.  However, until it makes its way back to trading range resistance it's hard to be optimistic—or pessimistic—as to its potential outcome.  Near term, traders could trade from here for a move to channel resistance, but the whipsaw risk is high because of the trading range.

IWM Daily Chart
IWM Daily Chart

The NASDAQ recovered some of its losses as it made it bounced off its 20-day MA.  The rally is a mix of bullish technicals for On-Balance-Volume, and a bearish one for the MACD. However, while it's easy to be pessimistic we have yet to see concerted selling in the index.  The index continues to outperform the Russell 2000.

COMPQ Daily Chart
COMPQ Daily Chart

The S&P finished with a small, indecisive doji above all lead moving averages. Technicals are bullish, although trading volume over the last couple of days has ranked as confirmed distribution.  The trend remains positive, so until this changes (with an undercut of an earlier swing low), this can be considered bullish. 

SPX Daily Chart
SPX Daily Chart

Indices remain unchanged on prior action; the Russell 2000 still has to catch up, while the S&P and NASDAQ maintain their rallies.

Russell 2000 Manages Small Gain But Whipsaw Risk Remains High
 

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David Keller
David Keller Jul 29, 2021 4:30AM ET
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With big tech earnings rolling out, I'd say that whipsaw risk is a consideration across the board presently...
 
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