Why Small-Cap ETFs Could Be Ready to Rally

June 1st at 2:00pm by Tom Lydon

images83Investors are getting ready to ponder if we are coming out of a recession, with the latest evidence regarding this time period as a valuable period for small cap growth. This could give small cap exchange traded funds(ETFs) the chance for a rally if a turn around occurs.

Russell Investments research indicates that small-cap stocks tend to do well after a recession, indicating their possible outperformance once the market has hit its bottom. This theory has been reinforced since the market lows reached on March 9. Since then, Ian Wyatt for SmallCapInvestor says, the majority of stocks gaining on any particular day have been of the small-cap variety.

Why? Chalk it up to nimbleness. Small-caps can shift and change strategies as market conditions change much more easily than larger companies can.

Meanwhile, the iShares Russell 2000 (IWM) is up 45.9% off the March 9 market low. Traders are watching these indicators, although the jury is still out on whether a turnaround within the market has actually or will occur. Just remember, be ready with an entry and an exit strategy and watch the trend lines, because time will only tell.

Don’t forget about international small-caps, either. Many European small-caps are faring well in a down economy.

  • SPDR S&P International Small Cap (GWX): up 14.1% year-to-date

  • iShares S&P Small Cap 600 Index Fund (IJR): down 0.1% year-to-date

  • Vanguard Small Cap (VB): up 8.1% year-to-date

  • WisdomTree Small Cap Dividend Fund (DES): down 7.6% year-to-date

The opinions and forecasts expressed herein are solely those of Tom Lydon, and may not actually come to pass. Information on this site should not be used or construed as an offer to sell, a solicitation of an offer to buy, or a recommendation for any product.