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3 Key Price Levels the Nasdaq 100, Russell 2000, and Bitcoin Need to Clear


The stock market has rallied right into resistance, along with Bitcoin teetering at its 39k price level. However, the market is holding its current trading area and, though we are at a pivotal point, Wednesday could have another push higher if key levels are cleared. With that said, which price levels should we watch to clear in the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ), Russell 2000 (IWM), and Bitcoin if the market is going to continue upwards?

Looking at the above chart, the Nasdaq 100 is sitting just under its 200-DMA at $366. On the other hand, IWM is sitting near the high of 1/26 at $203.55. We are watching these two indices, as the QQQ represents the big-cap tech area while the Russell shows the small-cap index. With interest rate hikes looming and increasing inflation, watching each to clear key resistance levels can be used as a short-term buying indicator. Therefore, watch for both indices to clear nearby resistance areas before looking for the next quick move upwards.

Along with the recent market correction, Bitcoin has pulled back and has been working its way back towards the 39k price area. With that said, if Bitcoin can clear the 40k area, watch for reversal trades within the crypto space. Amplify Transformed (BLOK) and Hut 8 Mining (HUT) are two interesting companies we have been watching that are poised to move higher if Bitcoin can clear 40k.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY): Back in a cautionary phase with the second close over the 200-DMA at 452.95.
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 203.55 to clear.
  • Dow (DIA): 355.29 to clear next.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): 366 to clear.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): Needs another close over 72.29.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): Needs to stay over 270.
  • IYT (Transportation): Large move from positive UPS earnings.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): Watch to hold over the 10-DMA at 129.26.
  • XRT (Retail): 82.29 to hold over.

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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