XHB and Facebook – 2 Buy Signals

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The following analysis was published in the October 28 Profit Radar Report:

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Facebook has been ‘wedging’ lower. It is now at triple support, shows a tiny bullish divergence, and cycles are turning strongly bullish. Upon completion, wedges like this are often completely retraced, which means the up side target is around 188. Aggressive investors may choose to buy Facebook.”

Facebook rallied as much as 12.49% since Monday’s low. Cycles continue higher, and (FB) should rally towards and perhaps beyond 188.

SPDR S&P 500 Homebuilders ETF (XHB)

The following analysis was published in the October 21 Profit Radar Report:

The SPDR S&P Homebuilders ETF (XHB) is one of the most hated ETFs right now. In September XHB languished in over-sold territory for 10 consecutive days without bounce. Daily RSI-35 (not shown) is the most over-sold since August 8, 2011. Trade is currently below two (red) long-term trend lines. Trend channel support is around 33.13.There are no bullish divergences. In summary, XHB is down 28.75% since January, and is over-sold enough to spark a powerful spike at any time. However, there are no bullish divergences indicative of a lasting low. Perhaps this will change by the time XHB reaches the black trend channel.”

October 28 Profit Radar Report:

XHB closed below the black trend channel on Friday, but with a bullish divergence. A move back inside the channel (above 32.90 on Monday) and above trend line resistance (33.25 and 33.70 on Monday) could unleash a strong bounce. Aggressive traders may buy accordingly.”

Since Monday’s low, XHB rallied as much as 7.95%. Based on sentiment and technicals, further gains are likely.

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Is FAANG Weakness Bearish for Stocks?

The spotlight has been on FAANG stocks (Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix, Google) for much of this bull market, but lately it’s gotten kind of quiet around them. Perhaps that’s because they are actually under-performing the Nasdaq-100.

Is FAANG weakness bearish for stocks?

FAANG vs Nasdaq-100

The chart below plots an equal weighted FAANG index against the Nasdaq-100. The dashed lines highlight non-confirmations.

The black lines mark times where new Nasdaq-100 highs were unconfirmed by FAANG (as currently the case), the blue lines mark times where new FAANG highs were unconfirmed by the Nasdaq-100.

Since 2014, there have been 7 similar non-confirmations, where FAANG were lagging the Nasdaq-100. The last 4 very followed by micro pullbacks and renewed strength for both. The first 3 saw slightly larger pullbacks before renewed strength.

It was actually more of a warning sign when the Nasdaq-100 failed to confirm new FAANG highs (August and December, 2015 – blue lines).

Based on the short available history, FAANG under-performance is not bearish for stocks in general.

Nasdaq-100

The Nasdaq-100 QQQ ETF chart looks more bullish than bearish, as trade is above long-term Fibonacci resistance at 181.80, and on the verge of breaking out of a triangle formation.

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Why ‘Hot New Tech’ is Getting Crushed by ‘Old Tech’

Until recently, the Nasdaq was driven higher by hot new tech names like Facebook, Priceline and Tesla. Now, ‘hot new tech’ is cooling down while tech dinosaurs are rallying higher. What does this rotation mean?

Priceline, Netflix, Facebook and Tesla are the driving force behind a ‘new and improved’ technology boom.

Those companies are cutting edge, hip, and until recently hot.

But something changed in March. Hip wasn’t hot anymore. PCLN, NFLX, FB and TSLA are all of a sudden 10 – 20% below their highs.

It seems like the money left ‘Hot Tech’ and moved into ‘Old Tech.’

Dinosaurs like Microsoft, Oracle, Cisco and Intel just got a vitamin M shot and boost (M as in Money).

What does this ‘changing of the guards’ mean?

Here’s one possible reason: Stocks in general and the Nasdaq in particular have gotten pricey.

Investors don’t want to go into cash (yet), but they are taking some risk off the table by rotating from high beta tech into ‘tried and true’ low beta tech.

As the third chart illustrates, the Nasdaq (Nasdaq: ^IXIC) has also started to underperform the S&P 500.

The S&P 500 (NYSEArca: SPY) is now top dog and just spiked to a new all-time high this morning. Is this a technical breakout or just another fake out?

Here are two charts that may well change your expectations for the S&P 500:

S&P 500 – Stuck Between Triple Top and Triple Bottom – What’s Next?

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Four Tech Giants Fight the Secret Battle of Web Domination

Talk about high stakes. Four young technology giants are fighting for the most important and valuable commodity in the world. The bigger your slice of this commodity, the closer you get to ultimate web domination.

This man has a dream. A big dream. His dream is to make a ‘vital’ resource available to everyone in the world.

His mission website – internet.org – makes his dream seem philanthropic. His dream is to help farmers, students, patients, everyone on the planet. To help them share knowledge.

His dream is internet access for everyone. The man with the dream is Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

The true intention behind his dream is stated on internet.org’s home page: “Making internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected.”

Facebook (Nasdaq: FB) wants to increase its subscriber base and inch closer towards web domination.

Facebook knows that only 1 billion of the earth’s 7 billion people currently have mobile phones, but 80% of the rest of the population lives within areas covered by 2G or 3G mobile web access.

Every tech company knows that data means power.

Facebook purchased WhatsApp for $19 billion not because of its 55 employees, but because of its 450 million (older or aging) users.

Facebook just celebrated its 10-year anniversary and may feel too old, too old for the future. According to Zuckerberg, WhatsApp will make Facebook more attractive for younger users.

WhatsApp is the biggest acquisition since AOL and Time-Warner in 2001. To put this into perspective, Facebook paid $345 million per WhatsApp employees and $42 per WhatsApp user.

That’s a lot of money, but to add one more perspective, Facebook shareholders currently pay $141 per registered Facebook user.

Facebook sent a clear message: It wants to dominate the internet, but it is not alone.

Google’s Race for Web Domination

Google’s Android is the world’s most popular smart-phone/table OS. Google wants to extend the reach of Android into other areas, like home, auto and healthcare as the acquisitions of Nest and Boston Dynamics (producer of military robots).

No other tech company is as diversified as Google (Nasdaq: GOOG).

Apple’s Race for Web Domination

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) used to be known for devices like the Mac and iPad. It briefly dominated the digital market with apps, but that’s no longer enough for web domination.

Apple is looking for the next big hit. Possibly in cooperation with Tesla?

Amazon’s Race for Web Domination

Amazon started in 1995 as an online bookstore. Today Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) is a specialist for everything bought and sold digitally.

Like its competitors, Amazon wants to tie users to its platform. Kindle, its own brand of cell phone and packages delivered via drones. Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos is a visionary without borders.

Facebook, Google, Apple and Amazon make up 27% of the Nasdaq 100 and Nasdaq 100 ETF (Nasdaq: QQQ), so their successes and failures certainly stand to impact the investing masses.

What About Internet for Everybody?

Pre-internet customs such as having dinner with family, talking (actually speaking) to the person standing next to you, and being able to enjoy your favorite pastime without getting interrupted by your boss weren’t such a bad thing either.

But, according to Zuckerberg, “the problem is that those people, who have never accessed the web, don’t know why it might be useful to them.”

Yes, the internet is useful, but it’s not a life-changing force for the better as internet.org would want you to believe.

How will the battle for web-domination effect the stock market in general?

Here is a full 2014 forecast for the S&P 500 NYSEArca: (SPY): S&P 500 2014 Full-year Forecast

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Bi-Polar Technology Sector is Torn By Performance of Groupon, Facebook and Apple

About 18 months ago stocks were fueled by the Facebook, Groupon, and the smart phone app frenzy (i.e. Angry Birds). None of the above companies are actually included in the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF, but the prospect of a new tech boom was enough to lift the entire sector.

And while the technology sector has continued to move higher, it has left Facebook, Groupon and others in the dust. Why? Allow me to republish some research notes previously reserved for subscribers.

Facebook Warning: Published May 11, 2012

“Facebook (FB) is expected to go public on Friday, May 19. The media will gladly spread the frenzy, but I’d like to point out a few nuggets to put Facebook’s insane valuation into perspective:

– Assuming a valuation of $100B, FB will trade at 33x advertising revenues. Google trades at 5.5x.

– At $100B, FB will be worth more than: Caterpillar, American Express, Home Depot, Walt Disney and even McDonalds. In fact, 15 components of the mighty Dow Jones Industrial Average have a market cap of less than $100B.

– The market value of Google at its IPO was “only” $27B

– Apple currently trades around 3.8x sales. The same metric applied to FB would put its valuation at $15B.

To some degree the social media bubble is reminiscent to the 1999 tech boom. Most social media companies are valued based on promises more than established accounting standards. Recent IPO’s of Groupon, Pandora, Yelp, and Zynga created a lot of hope during the first couple of days of the IPO and fizzled thereafter.

Will FB await the same fate? You can’t predict the extent of any frenzy, but the amount of fizzled frenzies dwarfs that of sustainable ones. My bold prediction is that FB will loose at least 30% of its IPO price by sometime in 2013.”

Well, it turns out I was wrong. Since its May 2012 IPO ,Facebook shares have fallen as much as 61% (from a high of $45 to a low of $17.55). Facebook’s market cap is now $44 billion.

Groupon Warning: Published December 17, 2010

It was my belief that the Groupon movement (group coupons) is dangerous for the economy and unsustainable. This was contrary the most of Wall Street‘s outlook. I picked on James Altucher, a popular tech cheerleader, to contrast our difference of opinions.

“Altucher doesn’t believe there’s a new social media/coupon bubble. This time is different because Groupon’s rejection of Google’s $6 billion bid is ‘the dawn of a new and improved internet bubble. Unlike the bubble of the late 90s, though, this one is based on fundamentals, not irrational exuberance’.

It’s ironic that Groupon’s success and refusal of Google’s advance is seen as the dawn of a new era. Groupon has a killer business model, which is a goldmine for Groupon, but poison for healthy economic growth.

This new way of buying nurtures frugality and robs restaurants and other retail stores of their pricing power. Groupon is feasting on a deflationary trend while wizards like Altucher see the company as a gateway to the new and improved economy.

According to Altucher this is ‘not a bubble, it’s a real significant boom.’ It’s a boom all right, we’ll just have to see whether it’s an economic or deflationary boom. My money is on the later.”

Since its November 2011 IPO Groupon shares have fallen from a high of $31.14 to a low of $4. Groupon’s current market cap is $3 billion, half of what Google was willing to pay for the company.

Technology Sector at 11+ Year High. Why?

The Facebook, Groupon, smart phone app boom is deflated, so why has the tech sector moved on to an 11+ year high?

A look at the top holdings of the Technology Select Sector SPDR ETF (XLK) may hold the answer.

Apple, IBM, and Google account for 34% of XLK and trade at or near all-time highs.

Microsoft, AT&T, and Verizon account for 19% of XLK and, like the Nasdaq-100, trade at or near a 10-year high.

Former highflyers like Cisco, EMC, Hewlett Packard, Corning, Yahoo, Broadcom, Dell, Applied Materials, Sandisk, Juniper Networks and others continue to trade near the lower end of their 15-year range.

It appears that a few strong companies mask the performance of many weak companies. That’s not the definition of a strong market or sector.

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