Charts to Monitor When Primal Forces Take Hold of the Markets

The markets were down sharply in Wednesday's session and registered their largest single-day decline since September, while the Volatility Index VIX spiked up over 46% and closed on the high of the session. The moves reminded us that investor sentiment is moved by more than fundamental analytics and technical indications. The dynamics behind it are primal and include fear and greed. As the markets move forward in whatever direction these visceral forces take them, here are several charts with support levels to monitor.

The one major market average to keep particular eye on is the Russell 2000 SmallCap Index , because it began to flatten out ahead of the other indices and has established a well-tested level of support in the 1345 area. A breach of this level would likely return the Russell to its 2016 high, an important technical and psychological level, and further pressure the border market averages.

The Dow Jones Transportation Average has been trading in a triangle pattern for the past three months under a declining 50-day moving average. Today, it made its lowest closing low since November 2016 and broke through the triangle support level. There is little in the way of further technical support until the 8200 level. It is not likely the industrial sector will continue lower for bounce higher without participation from the transports.

The PowerShares DB US Dollar Index Bullish Fund (UUP) has been making a series of lower highs and lower lows since the beginning of the year. Today's nearly 1.7% decline saw it break through a reinforced zone of support and close on its low. Moving average convergence/divergence made a bearish crossover in January and Chaikin money flow moved into negative territory the following month. Fibonacci retracement levels drawn off the 2016 range have provided some support along the way, and hopefully the 62% level in the $25.07 area will help to stabilize the downward trajectory.  A strong dollar is key for the long-term health of the economy and markets.

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