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Declan Fallon runs a market commentary blog at Markets.fallondpicks.com, and is a contributor to TalkMarkets and Seeking Alpha. He previously contributed to the Motley Fool. Declan Fallon is also a UI/UX Dashboard Designer for ... more

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No Change Part 2
With Trump Trade Wars in full swing, markets were remarkably sanguine. It's still a mixed bag of bullish potential in the Russell 2000 and bearish malaise in the Semiconductor Index.
No Change As Markets Trade Within A Range
Markets made minor gains, but the action of the last few days has not managed to clear the consolidations created near the moving averages.
Indices Rebuffed At Moving Averages
Friday saw indices turned at moving averages after Thursday's tests. Volume was light so it may be a mix of profit-taking and some aggressive shorts.
Bounce Sees Markets Challenge Moving Averages
Since the Tariff sell off markets have managed to pull themselves back to the moving averages broken by that sell-off.
Technical Damage Across Markets
The to-and-fro of the US-Chinese trade war has left markets in a bit of a grey zone and facing uncertainty after holding moving average support.
Yesterday's Losses Remain Dominant
Today's action was relatively tight and held inside the range of yesterday's losses. While losses weren't great, the Russell 2000 did suffer the most of lead indices.
Russell 2000 Continues To Perform Well
The morning gap down on Chinese trade war fears was painted over by some decent buying action over the course of the day. Best of the action was reserved for the Russell 2000, which is now starting to outperform the S&P and Nasdaq.
Market Rallies Slow With Trend Breaks But Small Caps Find Support
Shorts may think they have their reversal but the last such break in March quickly reversed higher. Volume was light even though technicals weakened with MACD 'sell' triggers for key indices.
Solid Finish On Higher Volume
The S&P barely registered a gain but with the index a couple of points shy of all-time highs it can be forgiven. Volume was sufficient to register as accumulation.
Small Caps Ready To Pop As Indices Gain
The S&P maintained bullish pressure with a small gain, a gain sufficient to mark a new closing high.Technicals are generally bullish, although the MACD has flat-lined.
Small Caps Fall Back To Converged Moving Averages
The S&P lost a little ground on lighter volume but the minor gains of the past few weeks have been using the 20-day MA to work support.
A Good Finish For Bulls
Nothing spectacular but after days of tight intraday action, today's action belonged firmly in the bull column. In percentage terms, there wasn't a whole lot to today's gain but relatively, the gain was key.
Minor Changes
The biggest gain was from the Dow Industrials. While the gain was nothing to write home about it was the only index to register a gain.
Semiconductors Gap Higher; Russell 2000 Leads Lower
A mixed day for markets. The only winner was the Semiconductor Index as it gapped higher off yesterday's strong white candle.
Quiet Day
Not much to say about today - good or bad. The Nasdaq finished with a small doji which is perhaps a little nod to bulls, but it would be a stretch to say today was a bullish day.
Minor Gaps For Large Caps And Semiconductors
There wasn't a whole lot to Friday's action; Large Caps posted a small gap move break with Semiconductors managing a new all-time gap high.
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