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S&P 500 Breaks Out, Russell 2000 Builds Upon Bullish Cross

Published 05/19/2023, 02:34 AM
Updated 07/09/2023, 06:31 AM

If you missed the morning or were waiting for confirmation, well the S&P 500 delivered a solid breakout yesterday, albeit on modest volume. The development came with a MACD trigger 'buy' and On-Balance-Volume 'buy' signal, leaving technicals net bullish.

SPX Daily Chart

The NASDAQ Composite added to its breakout with another decent white candlestick on a 1.5% gain.  This added to the technical strength of the index.  The only disappointment was the generally light buying volume.

COMPQ Daily Chart

The Russell 2000 ($IWM) built on Wednesday's breach of its 50-day MA.  There is still lots of work to do before the index clears $180 and begins a right-hand base.  Technicals are net bullish although the index is still underpeforming relative to the Nasdaq and S&P.

IWM Daily Chart

The coming days will be about consolidation when sellers return.  We have a solid breakout in the S&P 500, a consolidated breakout in the Nasdaq, and a bullish cross of the 50-day MA for the Russell 2000.  All of these point to a positive few weeks (and months) ahead.  Getting back to 2021 highs seems reasonable from here. 

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