Don't Ignore This Chart!

+10% in the Last 30 Weeks, Outperforming SPY by 26% and Still Moving Further Into Leading Quadrant.


Tails that rotate from the leading quadrant into weakening and then back into leading always have my attention. The reason for that is that securities that rotate along such a path are already in a relative uptrend and the rotation from leading, through weakening, back into leading ,eams that another leg in that existing uptrend is underway.

The RRG above shows the tail of MSFT over the last 30-weeks. The rotational pattern is encouraging and the RRG-Heading suggests that the trend is still good and firing on both cylinders (=axes).

Looking at the weekly chart shows that this stock entered the leading quadrant in August 2016 and has stayed at the right side of the RRG ever since. The shaded green and yellow periods indicate time spent in leading and in weakening.

As you can see the latest rotation entered the leading quadrant again at the start of December.

The acceleration of the RS-Line when the market started to fall apart, including the stock price for MSFT, indicates the time when the men are separated from the boys.

From the high in February MSFT shows a loss in absolute terms but investors who bought MSFT in September 2019 (some 30-weeks ago) are still sitting on a 10% profit in absolute terms and an outperformance over SPY of 26%.

Loading the daily RRG version for MSFT vs SPY shows a tail that has rolled over inside the leading quadrant and is now heading lower towards weakening.

With the weekly tail this strong I will be monitoring the daily rotation until it's inside weakening and turning back into a 0-90 degree RRG-Heading.

When price will be able to hold up above support around $ 130 that could be an interesting entry setup.


-- Julius

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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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