U.S. sector showcase: "High" tech stocks in more ways than one!

April 18, 2017 10:30 AM

Remember the so-called "Trump Trade"?

Both in terms of political developments and price action, it seems like November 8th was about a half-decade ago, not just five months ago. When it comes to the stock market, traders rushed out to buy industrial, material and financial stocks, while selling health care and technology stocks.

The bearish health care thesis was fairly straightforward, given the Republicans' promises to "repeal and replace" the current health care law, but the explanations for the drop in tech stocks was always a bit more tenuous. Some traders argued that Trump's tough-on-immigration stance could deprive technology companies of the highly-skilled foreign workers on H1-B visas, while others (ourselves included) believed the post-election pullback in tech stocks was simply caused by investors taking profits the strongest names in their portfolios to chase "the next shiny thing," namely financial and industrial stocks.

Regardless of the explanation for the initial drop, the tech sector has come roaring back of late. Though still far from the lofty "Tech Bubble" peak at the start of the millennium, technology stocks recently hit their highest levels relative to the broader stock market in 15 years.

Source: Stockcharts.com

Technology stocks have hardly been slacking on an absolute basis either. As the chart below shows, the technology sector ETF (XLK) made a run at its Tech Bubble peak near 54.00 earlier this month, and after a pullback, XLK is showing signs of bouncing off its 50-day moving average so far this week:


Source: Stockcharts.com

Given the strong relative and absolute bullish trends in the tech sector, we'll continue to look for buying opportunities in the days and weeks to come. Top holdings in the sector include AAPL, MSFT, FB, GOOGL, T, INTC, VZ, CSCO, V, IBM, and ORCL; all of which are in our US equity universe.

About the Author

Senior Technical Analyst for FaradayResearch. Matt has actively traded various financial instruments including stocks, options, and forex since 2005. Each day, he creates research reports focusing on technical analysis of the forex, equity, and commodity markets. In his research, he utilizes candlestick patterns, classic technical indicators, and Fibonacci analysis to predict market moves. Weller is a Chartered Market Technician (CMT) and a member of the Market Technicians Association.