FANG Stocks Update: One Laggard, No Leader

Stocks are on the mend on Tuesday, largely led by most of the all-important names that make of the group known as FANG stocks. But, the FANG stocks as a group and individually are far from showing us the convincing strength needed to pull the whole market out of trouble. Indeed, one name, in particular, is proving persistently weak.

The good news: Almost all five of the FANG stocks (technically FAANG stocks, but we’ll stick with convention) are benefiting from recent visits of well-established support levels. Not all of these floors are built the same. For instance, Facebook (FB) and Apple (AAPL) were pushed higher again last week after touching a technical support line that extends back to the late-December bottom. Amazon’s (AMZN) floor only took shape in February. Alphabet’s (GOOGL) only fell into place with its late-May low.

They’re all good, well-founded support levels though.

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Netflix (NFLX), however, is suspiciously left out of this small bullish herd. It’s lagging and by more than a little.

Earnings did the deed, or more specifically, the lack of new subscribers the company was able to garner up-ended NFLX shares in July, dragging the stock below a horizontal floor at $341 that had been propping it up since February.

It’s not the ideal breakdown though. The gap that was left behind in July is aching to be filled. The bulls had their first chance to do so late last month but ultimately failed. Such a recovery isn’t yet out of reach; the late-July lull hasn’t yet carried Netflix to uncomfortably lower lows yet. But, one more slip could do the trick.

To that end (and as was noted), it’s alarming that even against a backdrop of widespread bullishness on Tuesday, Netflix shares are struggling just to break even. In fact, NFLX has been left out of the rebound effort since its inception last week.

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Of all the names that merit a closer look, it’s a seemingly disinteresting Amazon.com that actually deserves the closest attention.

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Bruce Powers 3 months ago Member's comment

Good analysis but I'm personally not concerned about #Netflix. I think customers are far more loyal than people give them credit for. And global expansion still has tremendous room for growth. Bullish on $NFLX.