Stocks turned a negative week into a positive week with a sharp advance on Friday. The S&P 500 ETF, Dow Industrials SPDR and Nasdaq 100 ETF recouped their early week losses and exceeded their July highs. The Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) and S&P MidCap 400 SPDR (MDY), however, recovered a portion of their early week losses and have yet to exceed their mid July highs. In other words, these two remain short of breakouts and have yet to confirm strength in the other three. For now, three of the five are in clear uptrends and the bulls have the edge. I will be watching IWM and MDY to see if they can break resistance and join the rally. Relative weakness in both is casting a shadow on this bull run. The details are on the charts below.
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