Russell 2000 Technical Analysis

Last Friday, the Russell 2000 finished the day
positive as the US PCE report
came mostly in line with expectations. The market has already priced out almost
all the rate cuts that were expected at the beginning of the year and it’s now
expecting just one in September or December. This means that we will need more
worrying data to start pricing in a rate hike and put more downward pressure on
the market. For now, the dip-buyers are again in control as we continue to
erase the losses from the beginning of the month.

Russell 2000 Technical
Analysis – Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that the Russell
2000 is now testing again the key resistance zone
around the 2020 level where we can also find the red 21 moving average for confluence. This is
where we can expect the sellers to step in with a defined risk above the zone
to position for a break below the 1920 support. The buyers, on the other hand,
will want to see the price breaking higher to invalidate the bearish setup and
increase the bullish bets into a new cycle high.

Russell 2000 Technical
Analysis – 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that the price got
rejected from the downward trendline where we
had also the confluence of the
50% Fibonacci retracement level
but eventually turned around to retest it. The price broke out of the
trendline, but it will need to rise above the 2020 resistance zone to
invalidate the bearish setup. If the price falls back below the trendline, it
will leave behind a fakeout, which is generally a reversal pattern.

Russell 2000 Technical
Analysis – 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see more
closely the recent price action with the price breaking out of the trendline
and running into the Fibonacci level. This is where the sellers will continue
to pile in with a defined risk above the resistance to position for a drop into
the 1920 support. The buyers, on the other hand, will want to see the price
breaking higher to invalidate the bearish setup and position for a rally into a
new cycle high.

Upcoming
Events

Tomorrow, we have the US Q1 Employment Cost Index and
the Consumer Confidence report. On Wednesday, we get the US ADP, the ISM
Manufacturing PMI, the Job Openings and the FOMC rate decision. On Thursday, we
will see the latest US Jobless Claims figures. On Friday, we conclude the week
with the US NFP and ISM Services PMI.

This article was written by FL Contributors at www.forexlive.com.