Russell 2000 Technical Analysis – Key levels in play

Last Friday, the NFP report
massively beat forecasts with 336K jobs added against 170K expected. The
unemployment rate remained unchanged at 3.8% and average hourly earnings were a
touch lower. Overall, the market viewed it as a good release with the
soft-landing narrative prevailing. Over the weekend, Hamas launched a big attack
against Israel
which might cause some risk aversion in the
markets, although it’s likely to be short-lived as long as the conflict remains
in the Levant.

Russell 2000 Technical
Analysis – Daily Timeframe

On the daily chart, we can see that the Russell
2000 rallied from the key support zone
around the 1720 level following the strong NFP report. The price stalled at the
blue 8 moving average but the
target for the buyers might now be the 1820 resistance where we can find the confluence with the
trendline and the
50% Fibonacci retracement level.

Russell 2000 Technical
Analysis – 4 hour Timeframe

On the 4 hour chart, we can see that the rally from
the key support run into a strong resistance level where we have the confluence
of the previous swing level, the red 21 moving average, the 50% Fibonacci retracement
level and the minor trendline. The sellers are likely to defend this level if
the price comes back into it and position for further downside with a defined
risk above the trendline. The buyers will want to see the price breaking higher
to increase the bullish momentum and target the 1820 resistance.

Russell 2000 Technical
Analysis – 1 hour Timeframe

On the 1 hour chart, we can see that last
Friday the price broke out of the consolidation around the support zone and
rallied into the resistance before selling a bit into the close. Today, we
might see the Russell 2000 opening lower following the weekend events, but the buyers
should pile in around the 1734 level with a defined risk below the low to
position for a major rally into the 1820 resistance. The sellers, on the other
hand, will want to see the price breaking lower to increase the bearish
momentum and target a break of the support and new lows.


This week we have some important inflation reports. On
Wednesday, we will get the US PPI data and later in the day the FOMC Meeting
Minutes. On Thursday, it will be the time for the main release of the week,
that is the US CPI report, and at the same time we will see the latest Jobless
Claims figures. Finally, on Friday we will get the University of Michigan
Consumer Sentiment report.

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