The small cap Russell 2000 index is ripping to fresh records, while the overall stock market continues to struggle.
B. Riley FBR's Art Hogan predicted recently that trend will dominate in the coming months. He has a year-end price target of 1800 on the Russell 2000, a 16 percent surge from where the index began the year.
"We're in early innings of this run," the firm's chief market strategist said recently on CNBC's "Trading Nation. " He added: "This is a trade that's got legs."
Hogan believes small caps are better positioned to weather a strong dollar, and fallout from the Trump administration's controversial trade policies. Plus, he noted the group benefits more directly from lower effective tax rates enacted last year than its larger peers.
"The Russell 2000 is probably going to be a better place to be than the S&P [this year]," he said.
"We're starting to notice that it's making record highs, but it's underperformed over the last two years," Hogan added. "We have more ground to make up."