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Revenge of the Small Caps


The S&P 500 SPDR (SPY) is pretty much unchanged over the last five trading days and the respective sector SPDRs are mixed. The story is a bit different for small-caps because the S&P SmallCap iShares (IJR) is up over 3% the last five days and the small-caps sectors are suddenly leading. 

The table below is a screenshot from a summary page of a ChartList that has all eighteen sectors. These include the ten sector SPDRs, the nine equal-weight sectors and the nine small-cap sectors. I will include a symbol list at the bottom of this article. The table is sorted by the five-day Rate-of-Change as of Wednesday at 10:30AM ET. 

I am only showing the top twelve performers and nine of these are small-caps sectors. The SmallCap Consumer Staples ETF (PSCC), SmallCap HealthCare ETF (PSCH) and SmallCap Energy ETF (PSCE) are leading with the biggest gains. Outside of small-caps, we are also seeing strength coming from the EW Energy ETF (RYE), EW Technology ETF (RYT) and EW Finance ETF (RYF) over the last five days (green arrows).

Recent strength in the small-cap sectors is still a short-term issue. Be sure to check out the individual charts and longer timeframes for a complete picture. 


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- Arthur Hill, CMT

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is a Senior Technical Analyst at He has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities magazine. Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed technician. In addition to his CMT designation, Arthur holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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