Don't Ignore This Chart!

This Technology stock lost 50% of its value but is now hitting support levels.


The Relative Rotation Graph for the technology stocks in XLK (Technology select sector SPDR) shows one big outlier that recently went through a big rotation. It crossed from improving to leading in June then pushed to a JdK RS-Ratio value over 140 before rolling over. Three weeks ago the rotation went from the leading quadrant into weakening and is now showing the longest tail in this universe.

After a high at $34 in the week of 14 September, the stock dropped to a low at $16 in the week ending 2 November. A loss of more than 50%...

The victim's name? : AMD (Advanced Micro Devices Inc.)

This is one nasty chart. I suspect most readers will agree with me.

And in hindsight, it was or would have been very difficult to get out in time, on the weekly time-frame at least.

There were some warning signals on a daily chart. Like a small triangle- or double-top (-ish) pattern in September. But if you, like me, concentrate on the weekly time frame it would have been hard to capture these signs.

But... From a relative perspective, AMD is still ahead of XLK since the April low in the RS-line where the advance began.

On the weekly chart, both price and relative bounced at an important horizontal support level which makes AMD a stock that is, at least, interesting to watch. It is probably too early to buy right away but we are getting into an area (price and relative) that makes AMD much more attractive from a buyers perspective than a few months ago.

The position on the RRG, inside weakening and with a long tail but at a very high RS-Ratio reading, makes it very well possible that AMD will rotate back up towards leading again without hitting the lagging quadrant in coming weeks.

On the daily RRG AMD is inside the improving quadrant but already rolling over towards lagging again, suggesting that not all (relative) downside has been consumed yet.

What will I be looking for in the coming weeks?

  • on the daily RRG, a rotation from improving back to lagging and then to improving and leading.
    This will put the stock back on track for short-term outperformance
  • on the weekly RRG, assuming the rotation on the daily RRG will take place, a slow-down of the rotation visible by a shortening tail, followed by a rotation back up towards the leading quadrant
    This will then bring the weekly and daily time frames in line
  • on the daily and weekly price charts, the support area between $14-16 should hold (preferably $16 should not be broken)
  • a break above the fresh resistance level at $22 will be a good trigger but more aggressive buying opportunities may arise at or near the support level, maybe a Turtle Soup setup?

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Julius de Kempenaer
About the author: is the creator of Relative Rotation Graphs™. This unique method to visualize relative strength within a universe of securities was first launched on Bloomberg professional services terminals in January of 2011 and was released on in July of 2014. After graduating from the Dutch Royal Military Academy, Julius served in the Dutch Air Force in multiple officer ranks. He retired from the military as a captain in 1990 to enter the financial industry as a portfolio manager for Equity & Law (now part of AXA Investment Managers). Learn More
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