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Chart of the week: tech stocks and what to make of the crash

24th January 2022 09:43

John Burford from interactive investor

With the US tech sector in correction territory, experienced analyst John Burford updates his view on the major stocks and what the future might hold. 

It seems the FAANGs really are losing their teeth

In my COTW of 10 January, I asked the question: Are the FAANGs losing their teeth? The charts were telling me in no uncertain terms that the great bull market was at least pausing, if not terminating entirely.

In addition, I had been laying my case since September that taking profits in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) was a prudent move since I was seeing signs the rally in the shares was flagging.

In the case of Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), this was extremely timely advice as the shares have plunged from its November all-time high at $700 to last week's $380 print -a whopping loss of 45% in only eight weeks.

This was the chart on US Fang Index I posted two weeks ago:

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

I pointed out that the market was on the verge of breaking below my major line of support trendline. And since then, the break has occurred and this is the updated chart:

Past performance is not a guide to future performance.

Of course, the Netflix results posted last Wednesday was the excuse many took to take major profits, but that action had been flagged weeks ago with the revelation that, on balance, US corporate executives (the 'Insiders') had been unloading their company's shares by the tonne all year. In fact, they were the only sector to be net bearish while retail and institutional investors had been wildly net bullish.

This chart speaks volumes about the warning last year that the FANG Gang shares and many others were living on borrowed time. The insiders were dumping their company's shares at an all-time record pace at least up to January last year and almost certainly for the remainder of the year.

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Chart courtesy of

As I asked at the time, what did they know that others didn't? Maybe Netflix execs had an inkling the streaming party was about to be over at least for investors if not for content.

Of course, leading up to the November roll-over, many start-up tech shares on Nasdaq had been losing money. Here is a chart that should raise a few eyebrows among the bulls:

Past performance is not a guide to future performance. Chart courtesy of

It should speak for itself and I venture that in the not-too-distant future, most investors would consider investing in a money-losing start-up to be akin to madness and/or suicidal. Today, for many investors, hope is prevailing over experience, but by the end of the year that should have reversed.

So is it too late to take profits in the FANGs (and much of tech) with shares well off their all-time highs? That is a question I am often asked in such a situation. For what it is worth, I offer this old-school market aphorism: “If you are going to panic, better to panic early”.

John Burford is a freelance contributor and not a direct employee of interactive investor.

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