Can The Major Indices Avoid Rangebound Trading?

After a roller coaster start to a new year with major indices having a choppy Monday morning, each has closed positive showing traders optimism for the beginning of 2022.

However, the major indices including the S&P 500 (SPY), Nasdaq 100 (QQQ), Russell 2000 (IWM), and the Dow Jones (DIA) are not out of the water yet and will need to break through key resistance or hold main support to continue upward.

The chart blow shows resistance or support levels each index needs to clear and hold over.

SPY— $470-473 Support

QQQ—$408.71 Resistance

DIA—$365.64 Resistance

IWM—$226.73 – Resistance from the 50-Day moving average.

With that said, what matters more is not only that these levels are cleared but going into the new year we see an upward trend from these areas.

The biggest problem we can run into in 2022 is sideways and rangebound trading.

For example, IWM has already been rangebound through 2021, however, if the Nasdaq or SPY fall into the same price action this could mean trouble ahead.

Therefore, watch for these resistance levels to not only clear but to consolidate over before pushing higher.

When it comes to trends to trade throughout the new year, Mish has released an in-depth outlook showing all the key themes and stocks we have big expectations for in 2022.

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ETF Summary

S&P 500 (SPY) 470-473 support

Russell 2000 (IWM) Able to clear over 224 resistance. Needs to clear the 50-DMA next.

Dow (DIA) Confirmed bullish phase with second close over the 50-DMA at 356.43.

Nasdaq (QQQ) 404.58 to 408.71 resistance.

KRE (Regional Banks) Watch for second close over the 50-DMA at 71.89.

SMH (Semiconductors) 318.82 to clear.

IYT (Transportation) Showing consolidation over 274.

IBB (Biotechnology) Needs to clear 155.

XRT (Retail) Lots of overhead resistance at 94 area.

Junk Bonds (JNKDoji day. Held over the 10-DMA at 108.48.

SLV (Silver) 21.67 to clear.

USO (US Oil Fund) Held 50-DMA as support at 53.90.

TLT (iShares 20+ Year Treasuries) Watching for second close under 200-DMA at 144.81.

DBA (Agriculture) Sitting on the 50-DMA at 19.66.


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