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Russell 2000 Small Cap Update

|Includes: iShares Russell 2000 ETF (IWM)

We were stopped out of our position in the iShares Russell 2000 ETF (NYSEARCA:IWM) as indicated in previous posts. the IWM has started to sub-divide higher.

Now on the sidelines we can see that the IWM may be in the final stages of a blow-off top.

The daily chart below shows the signals that portend such a move:

  • The lower energy on each set of new highs
  • The increasing ascent angle of the trend lines
  • The potential for a bearish MACD divergence

IWM Daily Chart

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If this is a blow-off move, then we need to start to prepare for the appropriate entry signals.

This is a short list:

  1. Some kind of significant positive news in the pre-market session
  2. A significant gap open higher above all levels of resistance
  3. Volume 2X - 3X or more than normal for the past 3 - 6 months
  4. Hourly reversal bar within the first two hours of the session
  5. Or, an end-of-day reversal (or outside down reversal) bar

There is a chance that the IWM will gap lower at the next session and begin a new process of subdividing lower. If that happens, it will be addressed at that time.

We currently have no open positions.


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Disclosure: I have no positions in any stocks mentioned, but may initiate a long position in TZA over the next 72 hours.