Small cap stocks have been lagging the broader market and showing general weakness for many months now.
This is a core signal of risk-off and tells us that we need to be stock pickers. When the Russell 2000 finally perks up, it will tell us that the market is back into risk-on mode and most stocks will begin to elevate.
Today’s “weekly” chart of the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) is simple and underscores the broader markets general weakness.
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$IWM Russell 2000 ETF “weekly” Chart
Here we can see that the Russell 2000 (IWM) broke down below its 200-day moving average. This is another indication that $IWM isn’t healthy, and that the broader market is mixed at best.
Further, it’s hard to see the market finding solid footing until the Russell 2000 retakes its 20/50/200 day moving averages. And that may take some time. For now, look for out-performing sectors and out-performing stocks within those sectors.
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