Investors may want to take a more cautious approach to the market. A few of the market's major indices are flashing potential warning signals.
The NASDAQ composite's trend is higher but on a short-term basis it is retreating from a trend line of resistance.
The small cap Russell 2000 index looks vulnerable. It has broken below its trend line of higher lows and is now flirting with a potential breakdown below technical support at its 50-dma. If the Russell ends the week at current levels it would generate a bearish engulfing candlestick reversal pattern on its weekly chart.
Russell 2000 chart:
I'm also worried about the Dow Jones Transportation Average. The bounce appears to be failing. The last four weeks is starting to look like a bear-flag consolidation pattern. If crude oil continues to rise it could be the spark that sends the transports lower.
Transportation average chart:
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It's time to be patient. Will the small caps drag the rest of the market lower or will the big caps catch a second wind and lift the rest of the market higher?