A Bearish Continuation Pattern Takes Shape in IWM

Aug 14 13:08 2019 Print This Article

The Russell 2000 iShares (IWM) has been underperforming for some time now and remains the weakest of the major index ETFs. The chart below shows IWM forming a lower high from May to July and a lower low from March to May. Adding a couple of trend lines to these peaks and troughs, we can see a clear downtrend or falling channel since April. More recently, IWM reversed its upswing with a sharp decline and breakdown in early August low.

The indicator window shows price performance for SPY and IWM over the past year. Notice that SPY is up 5.76% since mid August 2018 and IWM is down 8.67%. Small-caps are clearly not the place to be right now.

I do not normally use intraday charts, but did notice that a pennant could be taking shape the last six days. IWM fell sharply in early August and broke support in the 153.5-154 area. This broken support zone turns into a resistance zone, but IWM never really challenged the break because the bounce did not exceed 153.

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