The S & P 500, because of the outperformance of a small group of know-how shares, enters the second quarter on an upswing. The Relative Energy Indicator, a short-term (14-day) momentum indicator, stands at almost 63 (30 is oversold, 70 is overbought). The Nasdaq 100, largely tech shares, at 68, is positively giddy. Q1: large cap tech is again Apple up 27% Microsoft up 20% Alphabet up 18% Amazon up 23% Nvidia up 90% Alas, the identical can’t be stated of different massive indexes. Whereas the final week of the quarter was optimistic for all the key indices, these that don’t profit from a tech chubby are nonetheless struggling to interrupt out. For instance, the Russell 2000 , the S & P Small Cap 600, and the S & P Midcap 400 all broke their December lows through the top of the banking disaster a couple of weeks in the past. That is not shocking: The Russell 2000, for instance, is 17% regional financial institution shares. The message is obvious: for the second, the vast majority of the market returns are being generated by large-cap tech shares. Even final week’s broad rally lifted the typical inventory solely barely. I famous that cyclical sectors like industrials, supplies, autos, housing and transports had a great week. REITs, coming off one of many worst months of their historical past, additionally rose. However that is one good week in a protracted, depressing March. Again in early February, 75% of the S & P 500 shares have been above their 200-day shifting common. That dropped in half, to 36%, on the top of the banking disaster March 15. Final week noticed a major bounce again, to 54%, however nonetheless, after a terrific week, virtually half of the S & P 500 stays in a long-term downtrend. “This seeming disconnect displays a retreat of traders to the perceived security of the highest ten or so greatest capitalized shares, which is a stern market warning by itself,” Lowry, the nation’s oldest technical evaluation service, wrote in a word to purchasers Friday. Bulls, after all, are hopeful that the banking disaster would be the final blessing in disguise, forcing the Fed to lastly gradual its rate-hiking marketing campaign, now that it has lastly broke one thing and created a regional banking disaster. That hope for a Fed pause and eventual fee minimize is why tech shares have rallied. “Whereas historical past says the banks drag down the remainder, possibly this time Tech drags up the remainder,” Frank Gretz, technical analyst at Wellington Shields, stated in a word to purchasers Friday. Nonetheless, do not get too caught up in sector performs. Contemplating how broad the possession of the S & P 500 has change into — about $6 trillion is immediately listed to the S & P 500, and possibly an equal quantity not directly — there is not any denying that the bounce-back within the final week has put the S & P 500 again right into a longer-term uptrend which started with the rally in January of this yr. That uptrend, nevertheless, must proceed to broaden out. For the second, it is one of the best anybody can ask for. “A bullish breakaway hasn’t materialized, and the S & P 500 is again in its base,” Ari Wald, senior analyst at Oppenheimer, famous over the weekend.