Different Index, Same Results. (Hot Commodities)

By Collins, Daniel P. | Modern Trader, November 2002 | Go to article overview

Different Index, Same Results. (Hot Commodities)


Collins, Daniel P., Modern Trader


Like the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500, and Nasdaq 100 indexes, the Russell 2000 has had a rough go of late. Like its more popular cousins, the Russell set long-term lows in September 2001, broke through those lows in July 2002 and took out those lows in September.

However, users of the index, who tend to be institutional players, say that the breadth of the index causes it to trend better than the Nasdaq and S&Ps with less noise despite the much lower volume. "The Russell's broadness tends it to trend better than the S&P. It is a more efficient index for us," says K.D. Foster, principal of commodity trading advisor Tri-Asset Management.

Money managers are looking for the index to trade sideways to lower in the near term along with the rest of the equity world.

"I still think the market is historically overvalued," says hedge fund manager Ed Durkee. …

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