We hear talk of the FAANG Stocks, Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Alphabet (Google) leading the market all the time. Mega large cap stocks that seem to be able to produce mega returns year in and year out. But are they really leading the market now? Clearly they are still flying high and making investors rich. But they are not pulling the S&P 500 up to record highs, at least not yet.
For now it is the Russell 2000 leading the charge higher. The small caps are leading the charge. The chart below details the Russell 2000 move. After making a January high, then pulled back and moved into a consolidation phase. That phase took the shape of a triangle consolidation. Lower highs but also higher lows. On the 5th touch at the triangle the Russell broke out to the upside in the middle of May. This was the first major US index to do so. It came back to retest the breakout at the end of May, held and reversed.
This all gives a target move to 1760. it would only take a mild overshoot to reach 1776 and wouldn’t that be a grand ole target for the small caps in the US. Momentum is strong. The RSI is on the edge of overbought but running sideways and strong. The MACD has just avoided a cross and is moving up again. both suggest a pause would be welcome to rest momentum lower for the next run, but could continue to support more upside. And the Bollinger Bands® are open and turned to the upside to allow a move up. The small leading them all.
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