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Triple whammy for UNH suggests more weakness ahead!


The weekly chart for UnitedHealth (UNH) shows a steady uptrend in both price and relative (vs $INDU) since the start of 2016.

That three-year move just came to an end.

The uptrend in relative strength emerged out of the low that was set in late 2015. Since then, UNH is showing a steady series of higher highs and higher lows in relative strength against the DJ Industrials index. The red support line in the middle pane above marks that trend over a period of more than three years.

The RRG lines in the lower pane follow that relative uptrend higher. The JdK RS-Ratio crossed above 100, indicating a relative uptrend at the start of 2016 and remained above that level until a few weeks ago.

In relative terms, the first sign of weakness was the break below its previous low in the relative strength line, this was quickly followed by a break below the rising support line that had held all the way up.

Around the same time, the JdK RS-Ratio line dropped below 100, following RS-Momentum lower, which pushed UNH into the lagging quadrant on the weekly RRG.

On the price chart, the rising support line was broken in December after which a new support zone was established in the $230-$235 area. The rally out of that newly formed low did not manage to get back above former support and formed a new, lower, high against the former support line that started to act as resistance.

Very recently a new low was formed in the same area and another rally could not get past its previous high. This suggests selling power is coming in at subsequent lower levels while buyers are moderately available between $230-$235. The question is "for how long?"

Shifting to a daily Relative Rotation Graph shows a downward rotation for UNH inside the improving quadrant.

This rotation back towards the lagging quadrant will reinforce the weakness in relative strength on the weekly RRG where UNH is already moving further into the lagging quadrant.

A downward break out of the descending triangle that is building up after the break of support will only add more fuel to that downward move.

A break below $230-$235 with negative rotations underway on both the weekly and the daily Relative Rotation Graphs does not look good for UNH going forward.


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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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