I have been looking at the major stock market indices closely lately for signs of a real rally. The Russell 2000 index of small-cap companies ticker IWM has shown rising support levels in an uptrend. There isn't confirmation of a new trend up yet but the setup is there. So many stocks are oversold near-term I see a bounce in the market as a likely scenario. If we don't bounce here there will just be a much bigger short-term rally in weeks to come. Here is the support area on the bottom yellow line for IWM. It's a pretty solid level that keeps getting support. There is also a downtrend breakout seen over the top diagonal yellow line. We are testing this level currently. It's roughly the same with SPY QQQ's.
You would think tech would need to be strong to see a market rally and it is making progress here. I put a bollinger band up on here and you can see when it breaks through either top or bottom the momentum continues awhile. I'd like to see it break over the red line also. That's been a key level. Let's see what it does next week.
The small-cap put to call ratio is showing historic signs of a bottom forming.
I noticed the energy sector is making multi-month highs. XLE has been very strong. My understanding is that crude oil is in a sweet spot for their margins. Still I wouldn't expect such a big move and if the market is going to rally a bit something has to lead right?
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