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Russell 2000 ETF Pulls Back After Breakout

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AMEX:IWM   iShares Russell 2000 ETF
The S&P 500 and the Nasdaq-100 broke out more than a month ago, while the Russell 2000 small-cap index has lagged. Normally traders like to focus on the outperforming areas but IWM’s technicals may have something in their favor.

The $158 level was resistance for IWM starting in September 2018. That marked the top of the channel at least four times since then – until last month. It held $158 for almost three weeks before breaking out to a new 52-week high. Now IWM has pulled back to test the same price area.

Chart watchers may view the current level as a strong risk/reward, with plans to cut their losses on a break not far below $157. However there could be more room for movement to the upside because IWM is still about 13 percent below its all-time high from the summer of 2018.

Fundamentals are another potential consideration for IWM . Its P/E ratio of 16x is lower than larger-cap indexes like SPY (18x) and QQQ (23x). The fund may also give investors more exposure to potential merger activity because its member companies are smaller.

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