Stocks went on a tear the last seven weeks with Nasdaq 100 stocks leading the charge. The S&P MidCap 400 SPDR (MDY) and Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) gained more than QQQ over the last seven weeks, but QQQ is still the only major index ETF to exceed its 2021 high and record a new all time high. Chartists looking for momentum leaders should still focus on the Nasdaq 100.
The chart above shows QQQ with two leading uptrends (green arrows) and IWM with two trading ranges (blue arrows). IWM looks poised to break out of its 18 month trading range, but it remains well below the November 2021 high. In short, QQQ shows much more “trendiness” than IWM and I would stay with QQQ.
Picking a focus index is important for momentum strategies. I have tested many strategies using large-caps, mid-caps, small-caps and Nasdaq 100 stocks. S&P 500 and Nasdaq 100 stocks outperformed on a risk-adjusted basis because small-caps and mid-caps strategies generated excessive drawdowns. Small-caps are simply not worth the hassle, IMHO.
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