S&P and Nasdaq gives up daily breakout support, opening weekly support for a test

A triple whammy for indices and one where bears took all the plaudits. The Russell 2000 ($IWM) experienced an ugly distribution day that drove through the prior spike low. We now have a crash opportunity that could spill into the weekly time frame. I should add, we are only 7% below the 200-day MA and Russell 2000 losses generated by crashes typically touch into a 15% loss or more against the 200-day MA. However, we are in accumulate mode, so if you are an investor, then buying Small Cap stocks should see reward in the coming years; if we get down to 20% loss against the 200-day MA, then back-up-the-truck.

The Nasdaq and S&P are still *above* their 200-day MAs, so we don't have a crash watch here, but what we do have is a loss of daily support that opens up for tests of weekly support. Volume climbed to register as distribution for the S&P, but not the Nasdaq. The first of these indices to get to their 200-day MAs will be the S&P.

The Nasdaq took the smallest loss on the day. The index was rebuffed by its 50-day MA in early October and has struggled to get above this moving average since the undercut in August. The supporting MACD is on the verge of a new 'sell' trigger below the bullish mid-line (aka a "strong sell" signal). And given momentum (custom stochatics) is not oversold, but also, not above the bullish mid-line, means more downside is likely.

I would be looking for a Friday loss to pressure the weekly time frame. There won't be much positive news to lean on (as if there ever was when markets fall), but the Russell 2000 is close to a capitulation and buying into this weakness will generate gains in the long run. The S&P and Nasdaq are lagging in their declines, but are likely to recover before things truly get ugly for this indices.

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