Here are the latest X-rays of 11 popular stocks, including Netflix and Facebook

The U.S. stock market is controlled by the momo (momentum) crowd. The only thing the momo crowd cares about is … momentum. But what if you are not a sheep in the momo crowd? What if you are a prudent investor? What should you do?

One of the best tools is to look at the X-rays of popular stocks in the form of segmented money flows. Money flows provide an edge to investors who want to beat the broader market and lower their risks. Let’s explore by looking at money flows with the help of a chart.

Please click here for the annotated chart of money flows in 11 popular technology stocks. As a group, these stocks have outperformed the Dow Jones Industrial Average DJIA, +0.13% S&P 500 SPX, +0.08% and Nasdaq 100 NDX, +0.20% and the popular index ETFs such as SPY, +0.06%QQQ, +0.19% and IWM, +0.03% Please observe the following from the chart:

• Netflix NFLX, -0.92% earnings were not stellar. The most important measure for Netflix’s stock at this time is net additions in subscribers. This number came in at 5.15 million vs. 6.2 million in prior guidance. Netflix’s guidance for future net additions in subscribers was also lower than the consensus. Initially, the stock fell over $50, more than 10%, on the disappointing numbers. But as the stock started bouncing from the lows, the momo crowd became aggressive buyers. The chart shows that momo-crowd money flows are very positive in Netflix. Of note is that smart-money flows (by professional investors) are neutral and did not stay negative after poor earnings.

• Momo-crowd money flow is extremely positive in Amazon AMZN, +0.30% In contrast, the smart-money flow is neutral, as shown on the chart.

• Momo-crowd money flow is only mild positive in Microsoft MSFT, +2.31% even though the stock is running up and gurus are aggressively promoting it.

• Momo-crowd money flow is very positive in Facebook FB, +0.91% as shown on the chart. Smart-money flow is also positive in Facebook.

• Smart-money flow is neutral in Apple AAPL, -0.02% but momo-crowd money flow is positive.

• Among semiconductor stocks, momo-crowd money flows are extremely positive in AMD AMD, +0.15% and positive in Nvidia NVDA, -0.04%; they are negative in Intel INTC, -0.37%

• Momo-crowd money flows are positive in Tesla TSLA, -1.73% as short-sellers are getting squeezed.

• Momo-crowd money flows are positive in Alibaba BABA, -0.01% often referred to as the Amazon of China, in spite of a bear market in Chinese stocks by some measures.

• Both smart-money and momo-crowd money flows are positive in Google GOOG, +0.30%GOOGL, +0.26%

• There is quite a contrast between the momo-crowd flows and smart-money flows, as shown on the chart.

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The chart also shows the relative rankings of the 11 popular tech stocks. These rankings are based on the six screens of the ZYX Change Method. Please click here to learn about the six screens.

Risk-adjusted rankings are more useful for medium-term and long-term positions. Non-risk-adjusted rankings are more useful for short-term positions or trade-around positions.

As per the momo-crowd money flows, there is no sell signal yet. However, in view of the smart money being mostly neutral, it is important to not be overly aggressive. We provide to The Arora Report subscribers specific cash level and hedges as well as specific positions to buy, hold or sell.

Some of the leading economic indicators are beginning to deteriorate. The story of synchronized global growth is not as strong now as it was only very recently. Risks from a trade war have also increased. There is more risk in the market today than a month ago. More risk does not mean selling good positions. For practical purposes, it means holding enough cash.

On a positive note, the S&P 500 has broken above resistance at 2,800 points. From a technical perspective, this is positive. However, instead of just looking at technicals, prudent investors may want to take a more comprehensive approach in making their decisions such as that taken in the comprehensive proven ZYX Global Multi Asset Allocation Model that has inputs in 10 categories and adapts itself to the changes in market conditions. Please click here to see all 10 categories of inputs.

Disclosure: Subscribers to The Arora Report may have positions in the securities mentioned in this article. Nigam Arora is an investor, engineer and nuclear physicist by background who has founded two Inc. 500 fastest-growing companies. He is the founder of The Arora Report, which publishes four newsletters. Nigam can be reached at [email protected].

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