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Lawrence McOchillo

Why are small cap stocks oversold?

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Thanks for your question Lawrence, the main reason why the Russell 2000 small cap index is more oversold as compared to the S&P 500 is because small cap companies are generally regarded as being less financially stable than the large and medium cap stocks that make up the S&P 500 index. The same is true for stocks in the Dow Jones Indurial Average, which is composed of 30 of the largest American companies, which are regarded as being some of the most stable US companies.

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