Can the Major Indices Avoid Rangebound Trading?
Written by Forrest Crist-Ruiz
After a roller coaster start to a new year with major indices having a choppy Monday morning, each has closed positive showing traders optimism for the beginning of 2022.
However, the major indices including the S&P 500 (SPY), Nasdaq 100 (QQQ), Russell 2000 (IWM), and the Dow Jones (DIA) are not out of the water yet and will need to break through key resistance or hold main support to continue upward.
The above chart shows resistance or support levels each index needs to clear and hold over.
SPY— $470-473 Support
IWM—$226.73 – Resistance from the 50-Day moving average.
With that said, what matters more is not only that these levels are cleared but going into the new year we see an upward trend from these areas.
The biggest problem we can run into in 2022 is sideways and rangebound trading.
For example, IWM has already been rangebound through 2021, however, if the Nasdaq or SPY fall into the same price action this could mean trouble ahead.
Therefore, watch for these resistance levels to not only clear but to consolidate over before pushing higher.
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S&P 500 (SPY) 470-473 support
Russell 2000 (IWM) Able to clear over 224 resistance. Needs to clear the 50-DMA next.
Dow (DIA) Confirmed bullish phase with second close over the 50-DMA at 356.43.
Nasdaq (QQQ) 404.58 to 408.71 resistance.
KRE (Regional Banks) Watch for second close over the 50-DMA at 71.89.
SMH (Semiconductors) 318.82 to clear.
IYT (Transportation) Showing consolidation over 274.
IBB (Biotechnology) Needs to clear 155.
XRT (Retail) Lots of overhead resistance at 94 area.