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Will Small-Caps Hold Their Election Range?


Amid the news and initial reaction to this past Monday's selloff, we still need to take into account the week of the election range, or the range two weeks ago.

Created from Monday, Nov 2nd to Friday Nov 6th, the high and low from this period creates a range that allows us to see a bullish or bearish bias. (Trading over the range for bullish bias, under for a bearish bias.) Price action inside the range would create a neutral/cautious bias, making it safer to use the high and low of the range as support or resistance levels.

Looking at a daily chart of the Russell 2000 (IWM) shows that the top of the range is at 165.71. Monday's large gap up brought us over the election range and, though it has sold off from Monday's highs, it held that gap all week.

As this past week progressed, IWM traded within the trading range it set on Monday, which supports normal digestion for such a large initial move up. Of the 4 major indices, the only one that isn't above its election range is the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ).

Above, you can see that the QQQs have consolidated in the upper inside of their range. Because the QQQ index has a high concentration of tech stocks in its basket, it's good to note the circulating idea in which an overbought tech sector could lead to a rotation into other areas of the market that have more potential upside. If this is true, it's important to keep an eye on the range to see if it can breakout over 295.36.

Some of the tech stocks that are more clear are in the NASDAQ basket. For instance, Nvidia (NVDA), a tech darling and superstar during the holiday season, is not only below its election range high, it is teetering on its 50-DMA. Using NVDA as a barometer, a move under $500 could spell trouble for the NASDAQ index in general.

Considering that the AAII bullish sentiment is near the all-time highs, watching NASDAQ during this incredible period of complacency could give you an early head's up about the coming holiday season and market.

In this week's edition of Mish's Market Minute, Mish looks at price versus momentum and gives viewers a way to ascertain if the correction from the highs is a normal one or one to be concerned about. Plus, she presents 4 long and 4 short setups where momentum is diverging from price and how to trade them. Finally, she reviews the cannabis stocks and how that sector is still outperforming the overall market.

Mish also hosted the Friday, November 13th edition of StockCharts TV's Your Daily Five, where she presents her Long and Short Picks using the MarketGauge "Real Motion" indicator. She also discusses the MarketGauge StockChartsACP plug-ins and how to get them.

  • S&P 500 (SPY): Confident buying into Fridays close. Support 350
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Last week's high 165.71 needs to hold, with resistance at 176.61
  • Dow (DIA): Lots of consolidation this week. Looking to retest highs at 298.61, with support at 285 if can't hold Thursdays low of 289.19
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Major support at the 50-DMA at 279.89. With a topping pattern, this really needs to clear 299.14
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 45.16 Support. With resistance at 48.83
  • SMH (Semiconductors): With a topping pattern, this really needs to clear 202.89
  • IYT (Transportation): 208 pivotal. With resistance at 218.58
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Trading within range 135.13 support and 143.36 resistance
  • XRT (Retail): Needs to clear and hold over 55.26

Mish Schneider


Director of Trading Research and Education

Forrest Crist-Ruiz


Assistant Director of Trading Research and Education

Mish Schneider
About the author: serves as Director of Trading Education at MarketGauge.com. For nearly 20 years, MarketGauge.com has provided financial information and education to thousands of individuals, as well as to large financial institutions and publications such as Barron’s, Fidelity, ILX Systems, Thomson Reuters and Bank of America. In 2017, MarketWatch, owned by Dow Jones, named Mish one of the top 50 financial people to follow on Twitter. In 2018, Mish was the winner of the Top Stock Pick of the year for RealVision. Learn More
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