Small Caps Are Struggling: Check Out This Technical Analysis


The S&P 500 keeps hitting new highs, but the Russell 2000 small cap index hasn’t been so fortunate.

RUT has gone almost four months without a new record level. In contrast, the Dow Jones Industrial Average and Transports haven’t hit a new high in over two months. The S&P 500 and Nasdaq-100 hit new highs this week.

A few bearish patterns stand out on the small cap chart. First…

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Russell 2000 Small Cap Index, daily chart with selected patterns, courtesy of TradingView.
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David Russell is Global Head of Market Strategy at TradeStation. Drawing on nearly two decades of experience as a financial journalist and analyst, his background includes equities, emerging markets, fixed-income and derivatives. He previously worked at Bloomberg News, CNBC and E*TRADE Financial. Russell systematically reviews countless global financial headlines and indicators in search of broad tradable trends that present opportunities repeatedly over time. Customers can expect him to keep them appraised of sector leadership, relative strength and the big stories – especially those overlooked by other commentators. He’s also a big fan of generating leverage with options to limit capital at risk.