The Russell 2000 managed to regain the prior rising channel. Technicals are positive although it still has to make up relative ground against the Nasdaq. The index hasn't yet cracked new highs but one more days gain may be enough.
The S&P hasn't yet negated the head-and-shoulder reversal pattern, but with technicals net positive there is a good chance the last of the shorts will be squeezed out of it. Bears will be clinging to the relative underperformance of the index to Small Caps, but it's a small crumb of comfort and looking less likely to hold.
The Nasdaq is reaping the benefit of Semiconductor Index strength as tech based stocks gain a boost. The index is well placed to kick on and challenge late 2015 highs as May's consolidation looks to have provided a solid accumulation area for those who were able to take advantage.
The bank holiday weekend will offer bulls a welcome break. Next week is nicely set up for bulls and if Tuesday/Wednesday delivers a gain it will make it hard for any shorts to be holding their positions.
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