July 24, 5:00 pm EST
As we’ve discussed, tech and small-caps (the Nasdaq and the Russell 2000) have been big outperformers on the year, compared to blue-chip stocks. But today seemed like an exhaustive move in that divergence.
There was a clear rotation out of the small-caps (which finished down on the day) and into the blue chips (the Dow finished up nicely on the day). And the red-hot Nasdaq reversed from new record highs to finish flat.
Trump tweeted this morning that tariffs are bringing trade parters to the negotiating table. He seems to be confident that his meeting with EU Chief Jean-Claude Juncker tomorrow will result in concessions from Europe. And there seems to be movement on a new NAFTA deal too. Add this to more good earnings hitting from second quarter earnings season, and it’s enough to get big investment managers moving back into the blue-chip multinationals.
Remember, we’ve been watching this chart. The Dow still has a long way to go, to recover the record highs of earlier this year. But the technical breakout of this corrective downtrend has broken.
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