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Can Big Tech Lead the Stock Market Higher?


According to Mish's Economic Modern Family, the market remains mostly bullish, with only the transportation sector (IYT) and regional banking (KRE) sitting in cautionary phases under their 50-day moving average. However, most of the Modern Family closed lower or flat on the day, while the semiconductors ETF (SMH) made a large push to new highs, ending +2.44% on the day.

The blatant move in tech could be showing us the next chapter of the market. In hindsight, the tech industry was the first to recover from pandemic lows last year and is again showing strength compared to the other sectors. Despite having been interrupted from supply chain issues, demand stayed strong in the tech space. Conversely, other sectors could be losing momentum.

With that said, one way to see if momentum is slowing or gaining is through MarketGauge's proprietary Real Motion indicator.

On the Semiconductors (SMH) chart, Real Motion has recently broken through its 50-period moving average.

This confirms that momentum is now following price, since the price is currently over its 50-DMA. On the other hand, members such as Retail (XRT) and the small cap Russell 2000 (IWM) have a negative divergence, with price over the 50-day moving average and real motion under the 50-DMA.

With most of the Modern Family showing weakening or diverging momentum, will Semiconductors break to new all-time highs drag the other indices higher? Or will the rest of the family stay rangebound or begin to trend lower?

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): New highs.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): Struggling with resistance at 234.
  • Dow (DIA): Confirmed a bullish phase with second close over the 50-DMA at 342.29 but looks weak.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): New highs.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 63.63 support. 68 choppy area.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): New all-time highs.
  • IYT (Transportation): 254.65 support.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): 159 support area.
  • XRT (Retail): 97 pivotal area.

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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