The NASDAQ managed a solid test of breakout support despite the MACD trigger ‘sell’, although On-Balance-Volume, ADX and Stochastics are bullish, the latter indicator has been firmly on the bull’s side.
The S&P also logged a new closing high with bullish technicals for On-Balance-Volume, ADX, and Stochastics. The MACD remains on a MACD trigger ‘sell’ but there is little of immediate concern for the index.
The Russell 2000 (via IWM) finished with a small doji on light volume. It didn’t help the technical picture with all lead indicators in the red, including relative performance against the S&P and NASDAQ where further ground was lost. This trading range is keeping the index limbo, which puts a question mark over strength in the NASDAQ and S&P.
For the coming week, we will want to see the Russell 2000 continue its push towards range resistance. Trading volume has been light, but this is likely to continue through the traditional vacation period of August. We will see what the market brings this week.