In Monday's blustery sell-off, the Dow and S&P 500 fell below an important trend indicator - but not the small cap Russell 2000.
That gives more heft to the belief of some technical strategists that small caps are signaling a broadening of market participation that should help take the entire stock market higher.
The S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow all fell below their 50-day moving averages, important widely-watched near-term support levels. The S&P and Dow ended Monday below their 50-day moving average which is calculated by averaging the last 50 closing prices.
But the Russell 2000 held above its 50-day, a sign of strength.
"The point is no damage was done on this pullback, and we think the recovery story is in play. We're expecting a broad market breakout. We expect participation to continue to broaden. Our broader theme is cyclical and beta and small caps have that," said Ari Wald, technical analyst at Oppenheimer.