Daily Market Commentary: S&P and Russell 2000 'Bull Traps' Blown

Well, it didn't last long. The 'bull traps' created in the Russell 2000 and S&P yesterday were dissected by today's open. It would have taken an aggressive short to jump in at the open. The new trading ranges established yesterday are probably still valid, even with today's breakouts. The boundaries of these ranges are likely to expand out, but in the near term it's hard to be a bear given markets are prepared to look past the events in Ukraine.

The Russell 2000 took this a little further. Yesterday's selling was far more evident in this index, but today's reaction maps with the strong relative strength swing to Small Caps from Tech and Large Caps. The potential for a measured move higher is on offer - this time a stop on a loss of 'bear trap' lows is the risk.

The Nasdaq is the safest of the long side opportunities given it never lost its breakout yesterday. Today's buying was supported with higher volume accumulation.

With shorts again out of the loop it's left to bulls to drive the advance. Today's big gains may consolidate over the next few days, but it will important 'bull traps' don't return soon as markets don't take kindly to such mood swings.


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