Study: Russell leading the S&P is a bullish sign


Yesterday I wrote:

The NASDAQ and S&P are both up this year from January – May. However, the NASDAQ has massively outperformed the S&P by more than 6%. This is a bullish sign for the U.S. stock for the rest of the year (i.e. June-December).

It’s not just the NASDAQ that’s leading the S&P 500. Russell 2000 (small caps) is leading the S&P 500 too, having outperformed the S&P by more than 5% from January-May 2018.
This is also a bullish sign for the U.S. stock market for the rest of the year.

Here are all the historical cases in which the Russell 2000 outperformed the S&P by more than 5% from January-May (while both indexes are positive), and what happens next to the S&P for the rest of the year.

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Here are the historical cases in detail.
2006
The stock market trended higher throughout the rest of 2006, although it did so in a choppy manner.

2003
The stock market trended higher throughout the rest of 2003.

1996
The S&P trended higher throughout the rest of the year, although it did so in a choppy manner.

1991
The S&P trended higher throughout the rest of 1991, although it did so in a choppy manner.

1988
The S&P trended higher throughout the rest of 1988, although it did so in a choppy manner.

Conclusion

This is a medium term bullish sign for the stock market. It suggests that the stock market will trend higher throughout the rest of the year, even though it may do so in a choppy manner.
The stock market closed higher at year end (from June-December) every time.
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