Can JNK and IWM Hold Their Key Price Levels?

On Tuesday, the Russell 2000 (IWM) closed over its pivotal price area of $226.69 from April 6th. Now it needs to hold over this price level as new support. However, the other major indices, including the S&P 500 (SPY) and Dow Jones (DIA), closed almost unchanged from last Friday, while the Nasdaq 100 (QQQ) ended down 0.31%. Although they sold off from their morning gap-up, their ability to hold the current price area shows that the market has not given up its attempt to break to new highs.

Wednesday will be key as many outliers for instance the high yield bond ETF (JNK), 20+ Year treasury bonds (TLT), and the Dollar (UUP) attempt to stabilize at their current levels. JNK, in particular, will help us determine investors’ appetite for risk; it is currently sitting on the fence created by its 50-day moving average at $108.67. A sustained move under its MA would show market weakness and give caution, as it will be a struggle for the market to reach new highs with JNK breaking lower. Additionally, if the Dollar breaks down, it will spark more inflation worries, as this will only speed up an increase in food and energy prices throughout the year.

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ETF Summary

  • S&P 500 (SPY) Resistance 422.82
  • Russell 2000 (IWM): 226.69 needs to hold as new support.
  • Dow (DIA): 351 highs to clear with 345 support area.
  • Nasdaq (QQQ): Next resistance 336.65 with 329.59 support.
  • KRE (Regional Banks): 68.23 support. 71.82 resistance.
  • SMH (Semiconductors): 242.50 support.
  • IYT (Transportation): 278.85 next resistance.
  • IBB (Biotechnology): 151 pivotal area. 
  • XRT (Retail): 96.16 resistance.

Forrest Crist-Ruiz

Assistant Director of Trading Research and Education