Is FAANG Weakness Bearish for Stocks?

Simon Maierhofer  |

Facebook  (FB), Apple  (AAPL), Amazon  (AMZN), Netflix  (NFLX), and Google  (GOOGL) – the FAANG stocks – have been leading this bull market higher. As of late, however, FAANG have started under-performing the Nasdaq. Is this 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.

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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.


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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Symbol Name Price Change % Volume
FB Facebook Inc. 164.34 -1.74 -1.05 16,389,185 Trade
GOOGL Alphabet Inc. 1,207.65 -28.48 -2.30 1,721,133 Trade
NFLX Netflix Inc. 361.01 -16.86 -4.46 8,661,346 Trade
AAPL Apple Inc. 191.05 -4.04 -2.07 42,407,666 Trade
AMZN Inc. 1,764.77 -54.49 -3.00 6,362,983 Trade



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