Eye on the Russell 2000

By Doug Short
September 5, 2012

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In response to request of from Lyle, a long-time visitor to the website and virtual acquaintance, I've created some charts of the Russell 2000 small-cap stock index. The format is the same as my S&P 500 monthly updates of the 10- and 12-month simple moving averages and the 10-month exponential moving average.

In addition, Lyle's email caused me to think about the behavior of large- and small-cap stocks at major market turning points (more about that below).

First, here is a link to the S&P 500 versions.

And here are the Russell 2000 equivalents. I've left off the annotations, which gave room for five years at the front end.


 

 

 

 

 

 

For a better understanding of the trends, the next two charts highlight the percent above and below two of these moving averages.

 

 

 

 

Market Peaks in the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500

I'll close with an overlay of the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500 since January 1988, the first full year of Russell 2000 data. I've also included recessions. Of the two indexes, which one peaks the soonest before recessions and major market downturns?

 

 

I'll update these periodically in the months ahead.

 

 

 

 

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