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Illumina Rises above the Biotech Crowd


It has been a rough three months for many biotechs and the Biotech iShares (IBB), but Illumina (ILMN) rose above the crowd with a big gain and three month high. The long-term chart also looks bullish.

The table below shows the Biotech iShares and the top ten stocks (sans Celgene) ranked by the 3-month Rate-of-Change. I left out Celgene because it is being acquired by Bristol Meyers (BMY). Notice that IBB is down 8.73% and eight of the top ten stocks are down. Gilead (GILD) is up a little and Illumina (ILMN) is the runaway leader with an 11.25% gain.

On the price chart, the bigger uptrend resumed with some higher highs, a wedge break and another 13-week high. ILMN tripled from December 2016 to October 2018 and then corrected with a decline that retraced a little more than 38.2%. ILMN firmed in the 270-280 area with bounces in late December and late January (green zone). The correction ended with a breakout and the first higher high in late February (red zone). The stock went on to record higher highs in early April and early June.

Shorter-term, notice the falling wedge from mid April to late May and the breakout with the long white candlestick in early June. This move also produced another 13-week high as Aroon Up (13) hit 100 for the second time this year. Note that 13-week Aroon Up hits 100 when the stock records a 13-week high and Aroon Down hits 100 when the stock records a 13-week low.

Overall, the long-term trend is up and the medium-term downtrend reversed with the February breakout. ILMN has been working its way higher since late February and shows upside leadership because it is above its April high. Given the current uptrend and relative strength, I would expect the stock to hit new highs in the coming weeks and months. A close below 300 would call for a re-evaluation.

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Arthur Hill
About the author: , CMT, is the Chief Technical Strategist at Focusing predominantly on US equities and ETFs, his systematic approach of identifying trend, finding signals within the trend, and setting key price levels has made him an esteemed market technician. Arthur has written articles for numerous financial publications including Barrons and Stocks & Commodities Magazine. In addition to his Chartered Market Technician (CMT) designation, he holds an MBA from the Cass Business School at City University in London. Learn More
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