With the broader market (including Technology) at or right near all-time highs, it is pretty surprising just how weak the semis have been.  Just yesterday, the S&P 500 Semiconductor and Equipment industry broke back below its 200-DMA, and it is sinking further today following negative comments from Goldman and Stifel.

On a relative strength basis versus the S&P 500, the group looks even weaker.  Since peaking out in June, the group’s relative strength has been trending sharply lower, and it just made another new short-term low today.

When looking at the various Industry Groups within the S&P 1500 and what percentage of stocks in each one are trading above their 50-DMA, none are currently weaker than the semis.  For the S&P 500 as a whole, 57.8% of stocks in the index are above that level.  As shown in the table below, with just 22% of stocks in the Semiconductor Industry Group trading above their 50-DMA, no other Industry Group is even close in terms of how few stocks are trading above their 50-DMA.  Talk about out of favor!

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