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Stock-Markets / Stock Markets 2018 Jun 12, 2018 - 02:53 PM GMT

By: Troy_Bombardia

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Small cap stocks (Russell 2000 Index) continues to lead the stock market higher.

As I demonstrated in a study last week, the Russell leading the S&P 500 is a medium term bullish sign for the stock market.


We can look at this idea from another angle. The Russell 2000 has gone up 6 weeks in a row right now for the first time since mid-2017. This is the return of “strong momentum” for small cap stocks.

Here are the historical cases in which “momentum returned” to the Russell (i.e. Russell went up 6 weeks in a row for the first time in 6 months), and what happened next to the S&P 500.

Click here to download the data in Excel.

Conclusion

Notice how the S&P’s returns on a 6 month forward basis are extremely bullish. The S&P went up in 17 out of 18 historical cases.

There is only 1 bearish case out of those 18 historical cases: August 2008. That historical case doesn’t really apply to today. Same symptoms, different context:

The August 2008 Russell rally occurred after the Russell had already fallen -25%. Today, the Russell has gone up 6 weeks in a row while making new all-time highs.

In addition, the economy was clearly going to hell by August 2008. The economy is doing well today.

So if we exclude that 1 bearish historical case which has a very different background from today, this is an extremely bullish sign for the stock market on a 6 month forward basis.

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By Troy Bombardia

BullMarkets.co

I’m Troy Bombardia, the author behind BullMarkets.co. I used to run a hedge fund, but closed it due to a major health scare. I am now enjoying life and simply investing/trading my own account. I focus on long term performance and ignore short term performance.

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