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Small Caps Break Out; Bulls Favored Short-Term

By Declan FallonETFsSep 05, 2016 12:18AM ET
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Small Caps Break Out; Bulls Favored Short-Term
By Declan Fallon   |  Sep 05, 2016 12:18AM ET
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In the end it proved to be a relatively lacklustre Friday with only Small Caps making the break. Weaker than expected jobs data had looked like it was going to be a catalyst for a breakout move, but in the end there was only one index showing some positivity into the Labor Day weekend.

Small Caps had been the relative leader compared to the S&P and NASDAQ over the last few weeks and this showed itself on Friday's strong finish. Next step for bulls is the MACD trigger 'buy'.

RUT Daily
RUT Daily


Large Caps did attempt a push higher and have at least broken from the intermediate term downward trend.

INDU Daily
INDU Daily

The NASDAQ did likewise, but both Tech and Large Caps need to do more if the summer trading lull is to be cleared with conviction.

COMPQ Daily
COMPQ Daily

The monthly chart still shows in bears' favour. However it's a slow burn and the divergence in play could last another year with market highs coming against the relative loss in the discretionary:staples ratio. It's a cycle event in the downward phase, but it offers nothing more than a cautionary warning and not anything actionable.

XLY:XLP Monthly 1996-2016
XLY:XLP Monthly 1996-2016

The relationship between Transports and the Dow Jones (Dow Theory) is similarly bearish, but there is a MACD trigger 'buy' with the index up against declining channel resistance. A break higher could feed a rally to offset monthly weakness in the discretionary:staples ratio.

TRAN:INDU Weekly 2012-2016
TRAN:INDU Weekly 2012-2016

With Labor Day marking the end of the summer, we should see an injection of volume to help break the trading range markets are under. Short term favours bulls, but the monthly discretionary:staples ratio chart is a worrying overhang. Let's see what the next couple of weeks bring.

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