Small Caps Maintain Strength

It was another good day for Small Cap stocks as the Russell 2000 added over 1% to bring it into a challenge of the June swing high. Just as the declines of the early part of last week were of lesser significance because of the broader trading range between 1,500 and 1,610; the same is true for Thursday's and Friday's gain. The one aspect which is interesting is the improvement in relative performance against the S&P. With money flowing back into Small Caps, the groundwork for a larger, secular rally is been put into place.

The S&P is poised to take advantage. Friday posted a small gain on confirmed accumulation which leaves things nicely set for a break of 2,955. Friday offered a 'buy' trigger in On-Balance-Volume which leaves all technicals net positive (bar the relative trigger in favor of Small Caps).

The Nasdaq has seen solid improvement since early June and Semiconductors have managed at least to post new June highs.  Again, more speculative issues like Tech and Small Caps are making all the running which is another sign a major new rally is in the making.

For a larger, secular rally to break out of the current consolidation, I would like to see the relationship between Dow Transports and Dow Index and Transports and Utilities mark a strong bottom and offer a supporting foundation for a rally

For tomorrow, we want to look for a consolidation of Friday's small gain which will give traders a chance to get in before the various indices breakout.

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