Chartology: Russell 2000 (IWM) Powers Into Important Resistance

By Andrew Nyquist
After breaking the June to early July uptrend line, the Russell 2000 iShares (IWM) slipped to backtest the June breakout above the March to June downtrend line (see chart below). This area (near 76 dollars) proved to be supportive, providing a launching pad for the current 2 day bull stampede higher. See previous IWM chartology.

It’s important to note, though, that the index is nearing the 80 dollar level which offers two levels of resistance: 1) Backtest resistance in the form of the broken June to July uptrend line (mentioned above, seen in chart below) AND 2) Current near term downtrend resistance.

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This confluence of resistance bears watching. In my opinion, if the broader markets are going to power to new highs, the bulls will want to see the IWM sustain a move above the 80 dollar mark first.

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