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Party Time
7:36:22 PM| 6/22/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell rebalance on Friday will generate the most volume of the year.

Russell Bulls Eye
7:08:24 PM| 6/21/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell will be the focus for the market for the next two days with the rebalance at the close on Friday.

Rebalance Starting Early?
6:09:12 PM| 6/20/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell lost 15 points or -1.06% with the largest decline of any of the major indexes.

Strong Russell Gain
7:32:20 PM| 6/19/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell gained 11 points to pull within 7 points of a new high.

Bring Back the Leaders
11:29:40 PM| 6/17/2017
By Jim Brown | Without the FAANG stocks leading the market higher we have seen three days of choppy trading.

Retest of the Lows
3:56:32 PM| 6/15/2017
By Jim Brown | The major tech indexes retested the lows in a slower version of the Friday flash crash.

Disturbing Reversal
10:47:58 PM| 6/14/2017
By Jim Brown | All the major indexes except the Dow posted losses today.

New Record Highs
6:36:36 PM| 6/13/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 Small Cap Index posted a decent gain to close at a new high.

Margin Call Selling
10:26:42 PM| 6/12/2017
By Jim Brown | The small caps did not sell off on Friday but they caught up today as traders were forced to sell to cover margin calls.

Algos Gone Wild
11:26:55 PM| 6/10/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets diverged significantly as classic rotation upset the indexes.

Unbelievable!
8:11:31 PM| 6/8/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 roared off to a 19-point gain with the big cap indexes weak.

Treading Water
7:35:42 PM| 6/7/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets moved slowly sideways as they waited patiently for Thursday's testimony.

Russell Dip Buy
6:13:40 PM| 6/6/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 rebounded 8 points from its intraday low to close nearly flat.

Consolidation
7:31:28 PM| 6/5/2017
By Jim Brown | The major indexes paused on Monday to reconsider their path ahead of some important events.

Russell Nearing Highs
10:06:26 PM| 6/3/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 high close in April was 1,419 and it ended the day on Friday at 1,408.

Monster Rebound
7:52:00 PM| 6/1/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 rebounded 41 points, more than 3% from Wednesday's 1,355 low.

Encouraged
9:33:45 PM| 5/31/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 fell -17 points at the open but recovered to close flat. That is encouraging.

Small Cap Rout
6:13:50 PM| 5/30/2017
By Jim Brown | The big cap indexes declined slightly but the Russell 2000 fell nearly 1%.

Troops are Retreating
11:27:29 PM| 5/27/2017
By Jim Brown | The big cap stocks, the generals in this war, are setting new highs but the rank and file troops are retreating.

No Participation
9:53:16 PM| 5/25/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P and Nasdaq closed at new highs and the Dow is close. The Russell closed barely positive.

Tick by Tick
7:01:38 PM| 5/24/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P inched higher to close at a new high but the Russell 2000 is only moving tick by tick.

No Excitement
6:25:26 PM| 5/23/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets posted a minor gain but there was no excitement to push them higher.

Overseas Problem
7:30:19 PM| 5/22/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets posted a decent rebound on Monday but the apparent terrorist attack in the UK has sent futures sharply lower.

Still Not Impressed
1:42:05 AM| 5/21/2017
By Jim Brown | The intraday rebound was respectful but the indexes rolled over in the afternoon to post only a lackluster gain.

Uninspiring
8:57:46 PM| 5/18/2017
By Jim Brown | The rebound after the major market crash was uninspiring and suggests Friday could be volatile.

Major Breakdown
10:09:09 PM| 5/17/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes imploded with the Russell falling -39 and the S&P-600 losing 22.

Trouble Ahead
7:13:08 PM| 5/16/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes were flat, big cap indexes negative and the Nasdaq was soaring.

Untouched
7:41:56 PM| 5/15/2017
By Jim Brown | Resistance was untouched on the Russell and S&P-600 as small caps lagged again.

That Time of Year
11:20:26 PM| 5/13/2017
By Jim Brown | We are approaching the annual Russell rebalance and Friday was ranking day.

Weakness Increasing
10:02:39 PM| 5/11/2017
By Jim Brown | The Dow rebounded from a -150 point drop and the Nasdaq from -53 but it was still a bearish day.

Rebound!
6:32:53 PM| 5/10/2017
By Jim Brown | Ignoring the Dow's 90 point intraday decline, it was a good day for small caps.

Market Neutral
6:25:39 PM| 5/9/2017
By Jim Brown | All the indexes except the Nasdaq remain stuck in neutral.

Small Cap Weakness
7:12:47 PM| 5/8/2017
By Jim Brown | The big cap averages managed to close in the green thanks to Apple but the small caps are back in their losing trend.

Sleeper Rally
10:02:12 PM| 5/6/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets traded barely positive all day until 1:30 when buyers began appearing in Apple and other big caps.

Dip Buyers Alive
9:20:38 PM| 5/4/2017
By Jim Brown | The intraday dip was bought with just enough energy to return the indexes to the flat line.

Not Encouraging
6:24:23 PM| 5/3/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets sold off as expected and the rebound was lackluster.

Small Caps Leading
6:29:06 PM| 5/2/2017
By Jim Brown | Unfortunately, the small cap indexes are leading us lower rather than higher.

No Conviction
8:24:05 PM| 5/1/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 rebounded 7 points but that was after a 17-point decline on Friday.

Oops!
11:48:49 PM| 4/29/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 and S&P-600 small cap indexes collapsed with 1.2% declines when the other indexes were barely negative.

Still Bullish
10:27:50 PM| 4/27/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 and S&P-600 small cap indexes both held their gains after new highs on Wednesday.

Don't Look Now
7:30:44 PM| 4/26/2017
By Jim Brown | Don't look now but the Russell 2000 and S&P-600 small cap indexes both closed at new highs today.

Back to Back
6:04:21 PM| 4/25/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets continue to be surprised with another 200+ point spike on the Dow thanks to Q1 earnings.

Major Short Squeeze
7:08:00 PM| 4/24/2017
By Jim Brown | The markets rocketed higher on the end of French event risk but there was no follow through buying.

Impressive
11:39:26 PM| 4/22/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 fell -15 points at the open but recovered to close the day with only a 4 point loss ahead of weekend event risk.

Breakthrough
8:18:30 PM| 4/20/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 broke through downtrend and midrange resistance to close within 4 points of a 7-week high.

Stealth Rally
7:18:01 PM| 4/19/2017
By Jim Brown | The big Dow loss distracted from the gains in the small caps and the tech sector

Good Relative Strength
5:20:41 PM| 4/18/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes posted gains while the big cap indexes sank.

Real or Memorex?
7:27:08 PM| 4/17/2017
By Jim Brown | Many readers might not be old enough to remember the Memorex ads on TV where a singer breaks a glass with her voice.

Positive to Negative
11:47:31 PM| 4/15/2017
By Jim Brown | Two days made a world of difference with the small caps going from consecutive days of gains to a crash back to support.

Abrupt Halt
10:19:43 PM| 4/12/2017
By Jim Brown | The accelerating gains in the small cap stocks came to an abrupt halt on Wednesday.

Small Caps Accelerating
6:03:34 PM| 4/11/2017
By Jim Brown | A new trend is developing and it should be positive for the market.

Strongest Indexes
8:12:05 PM| 4/10/2017
By Jim Brown | It was not much but the small cap indexes posted larger percentage gains than the big caps.

No Material Movement
11:27:23 PM| 4/8/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes closed only a few cents away from zero but that was better than the big cap indexes.

Surprising Small Cap Strength
7:34:23 PM| 4/6/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes posted 1% gains and closed at the highs for the day.

Not the Catalyst We Wanted
6:54:18 PM| 4/5/2017
By Jim Brown | We were looking for a headline to boost stocks and the ADP was great but the FOMC was not.

Looking for a Catalyst
7:51:17 PM| 4/4/2017
By Jim Brown | The market traded flat at the close after some early morning weakness.

Textbook Example
7:08:56 PM| 4/3/2017
By Jim Brown | Monday was a textbook example of window undressing in the small cap indexes.

Quarter Over
9:49:02 PM| 4/1/2017
By Jim Brown | The first quarter is over and next week we will see if the small cap rotation was real or temporary.

Rotation!
8:29:18 PM| 3/30/2017
By Jim Brown | The rotation away from big caps and into small cap stocks is in full swing.

Looks Like a Rally
7:19:58 PM| 3/29/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes have risen for three days and the Russell is approaching resistance.

Mini Dip Over?
5:45:16 PM| 3/28/2017
By Jim Brown | The small caps are suddenly recovering nicely with a close at a six-day high

Missed another Opportunity
7:03:54 PM| 3/27/2017
By Jim Brown | The bears missed out on another opportunity to push the markets lower when the dip buyers outnumbered the sellers.

Uncertain Market
9:49:30 PM| 3/25/2017
By Jim Brown | The major indexes traded both positive and negative on Friday as headlines from Washington caused uncertainty.

Surprisingly Positive
6:25:45 PM| 3/23/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes actually posted solid gains despite the weak market.

Lackluster Rebound
7:23:23 PM| 3/22/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P-600 closed at a four-month low again and the Russell 2000 posted a small loss.

Small Caps Imploded
6:45:43 PM| 3/21/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P-600 closed at a four-month low after a -2.6% decline.

Small Caps Sink
10:29:02 PM| 3/20/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap winning streak ended at three days with better than half percent losses on the indexes.

Very Positive Day
11:20:30 PM| 3/18/2017
By Jim Brown | The big cap indexes all lost ground but the small cap indexes were big winners.

Small Cap Revival
8:27:30 PM| 3/16/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes continued to post minor gains while the large cap indexes declined.

Major Recovery
9:48:15 PM| 3/15/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes exploded higher with 1.5% gains as buyers flooded the market.

That Was Close
6:44:45 PM| 3/14/2017
By Jim Brown | The major indexes all tested critical support at the open and were saved by the dip buyers.

Step by Step
10:11:57 PM| 3/13/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes have posted two consecutive days of small gains.

No Material Rebound
11:36:34 PM| 3/11/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P-600 rebounded from the intraday low at 825.42 but only managed a gain of 3 points.

Test on Friday
10:31:08 PM| 3/9/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P-600 declined to within 1 point of critical support at 825. Friday will be a key day

Leading the Market Lower
8:05:10 PM| 3/8/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap indexes posted big declines and closed at the lows for the day.

Not a Good Sign
7:01:22 PM| 3/7/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P-600 and the Russell 2000 both had big losses and closed at the low for the day.

S&P-600 Below Support
9:48:45 PM| 3/6/2017
By Jim Brown | The S&P-600 and the Russell 2000 both closed below critical support.

Small Caps Not Participating
11:31:20 PM| 3/4/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell and the S&P-600 continue to show weakness as big caps battle back to positive territory.

Alternating Volatility, Part 6
7:32:08 PM| 3/2/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell has had alternating gains and losses of 1% or more in five of the last six days.

Alternating Volatility
6:51:56 PM| 3/1/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell has had alternating gains and losses of 1% or more in four of the last five days.

Gotcha!
5:12:16 PM| 2/28/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 gained 1% on Monday and investors cheered. The index lost -1.5% on Tuesday.

Surprise, Surprise
6:35:20 PM| 2/27/2017
By Jim Brown | The big cap indexes posted minimal gains but the Dow and S&P did close at new record highs.

Minor Gains
10:13:12 PM| 2/25/2017
By Jim Brown | The major indexes recovered from a sharp drop at the open to post minor gains for the day.

Cracks in the Foundation
9:54:20 PM| 2/23/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 has declined -16 points over the last two days from its closing high on Tuesday.

Uneasy Market
5:38:20 PM| 2/22/2017
By Jim Brown | Worries over the FOMC minutes and increased chatter about a market top held the indexes back.

New Russell High
6:13:57 PM| 2/21/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap index finally found some traction with a 10-point gain.

Dip Bought Again
10:40:04 PM| 2/18/2017
By Jim Brown | Investors had found a trend they can repeat over and over.

Small Caps Struggling
5:46:26 PM| 2/16/2017
By Jim Brown | The small cap stocks continue to struggle despite the overall bullish market

Russell Breakout
6:14:09 PM| 2/15/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell finally caught fire to breakout over 1,400 after trading negative much of the morning.

Slightly More Bullish
5:08:12 PM| 2/14/2017
By Jim Brown | The market rally actually picked up some speed today and the Russell farther over resistance.

Three Factors
6:53:50 PM| 2/13/2017
By Jim Brown | There are three factors that are likely to determine market direction on Tuesday.

Kicking and Screaming
6:59:26 PM| 2/11/2017
By Jim Brown | There are probably heel drag markets across the floor of the NYSE where the Russell 2000 was dragged back to a new high.

Trend Change?
9:27:54 PM| 2/9/2017
By Jim Brown | All four major indexes broke out to new highs and hopefully it is the start of a new trend.

Trend Intact
8:46:22 PM| 2/8/2017
By Jim Brown | The Nasdaq made a new high, the Dow floundered, S&P was flat and Russell declined.

Biggest Loser II
6:07:07 PM| 2/7/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 fell -0.4% to be the biggest loser again on Tuesday.

Biggest Loser
8:37:47 PM| 2/6/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 fell -0.8% to be the biggest loser among the broad market indexes.

Financial Squeeze
3:41:54 PM| 2/4/2017
By Jim Brown | The major indexes gapped higher at the open due to monster gains in financial stocks

Underperformance
9:55:51 PM| 2/2/2017
By Jim Brown | Once again, the Russell 2000 was the weakest of all the major indexes.

Saved Again
6:26:49 PM| 2/1/2017
By Jim Brown | A late day surge by the biotech sector lifted the Russell almost out of negative territory.

Biotech Rebound
6:14:27 PM| 1/31/2017
By Jim Brown | The biotech sector rebounded +3.7% today and helped lift the Russell and Nasdaq into positive territory

Russell Threatening Support
6:51:35 PM| 1/30/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 lost -1.3% for the day and bounced off critical support at 1,340.

Consolidation?
10:01:11 PM| 1/28/2017
By Jim Brown | After two days of low volume and minimal ranges we have to decide if this is consolidation or preparation.

Stutter Step?
9:31:01 PM| 1/26/2017
By Jim Brown | The small caps barely participated in the rally over the prior two days and were weakest on Thursday.

Moonshot!
10:27:05 PM| 1/25/2017
By Jim Brown | After two days of a short squeeze, it appears the market has picked a direction.

Short Squeeze!
5:19:28 PM| 1/24/2017
By Jim Brown | All the major indexes moved significantly higher in morning trading but lost traction in the afternoon.

No Direction
6:05:09 PM| 1/23/2017
By Jim Brown | The indexes rebounded from their opening lows but failed to return to positive territory.

Sentiment Rebound
7:09:57 PM| 1/21/2017
By Jim Brown | The successful removal of the event risk lifted the markets at the close.

Weakness Accelerating
7:50:51 PM| 1/19/2017
By Jim Brown | The Dow and Russell both closed at new five-week lows.

No Material Change
8:17:29 PM| 1/18/2017
By Jim Brown | The Dow was negative and the Nasdaq positive but the numbers were very small.

Event Risk Ahead
6:40:46 PM| 1/17/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell closed at a five-week low after losing 20 points.

Sideways Trend
10:07:39 PM| 1/14/2017
By Jim Brown | For five weeks now, the Dow and S&P have been stuck in a sideways trend.

Sellers Pressing
8:19:06 PM| 1/12/2017
By Jim Brown | Sellers are lowering the resistance levels with each passing day but buyers are still active.

Market Turning Bullish
7:12:48 PM| 1/11/2017
By Jim Brown | The major indexes survived a major hit intraday and still finished positive.

Biotech Surge
5:56:41 PM| 1/10/2017
By Jim Brown | The biotech sector rallied for the sixth consecutive day thanks to the JP Morgan conference

Small Caps Leading Again
6:33:05 PM| 1/9/2017
By Jim Brown | Small cap stocks always lead the market up and down and the Russell 2000 is at critical support.

Small Cap Divergence
8:05:51 PM| 1/7/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 declined again despite the new highs on the Nasdaq and S&P.

That Was Quick
6:27:41 PM| 1/5/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 exploded higher by 31 points on Wednesday and lost -16 today.

Major Change
8:11:28 PM| 1/4/2017
By Jim Brown | The Russell 2000 exploded higher by 31 points to close right at the prior resistance high.

Detour
5:21:43 PM| 1/3/2017
By Jim Brown | The market detoured from the end of week declines after better than expected numbers from China sparked a rally.

Ready to Rumble?
8:00:21 PM| 1/1/2017
By Jim Brown | The market avoided a sharp decline as buyers paired with sellers on the pension fund rebalance.



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