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Oct. 3, 2019, 3:08 p.m. EDT

Bearish 'death cross' appears in Russell 2000 chart, first since just before December flash selloff

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By Tomi Kilgore

A bearish "death cross" pattern is appearing in the Russell 2000's /zigman2/quotes/210598147/delayed RUT +0.54% chart Thursday, for the first time in about 11 months. Many technical analysts believe the pattern, in which the 50-day moving average crosses below the 200-day moving average, marks the spot a shorter-term decline transitions to a longer-term downtrend. The small-capitalization stock tracker's was up 0.4% in afternoon trading, with the 50-day moving average slipping to 1,521.94 and the 200-day moving average rising to 1,521.95, according to FactSet. The Russell 2000's last death cross appeared on Nov. 14. The index tumbled another 16% before bottoming at a 2-year low on Dec. 24. The current death cross comes about 5-months after a "golden cross" pattern appeared on May 7, which was a day after the index peaked at a 7-month high. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 /zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime SPX +0.47% was up 0.6% on the day, and its 50-day moving average was still 3.7% above its 200-day moving average.

/zigman2/quotes/210598147/delayed
US : US Composite
1,692.57
+9.05 +0.54%
Volume: 1.44M
Feb. 19, 2020 6:51p
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/zigman2/quotes/210599714/realtime
US : S&P US
3,386.15
+15.86 +0.47%
Volume: 1.73B
Feb. 19, 2020 5:05p
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