This chart signal says stop buying megacap technology stocks

The recent pullbacks in megacapitalization technology sto g have now been long enough and have gone so far that they have triggered chart signals warning investors not to sink these stocks in too little time.

Chart indicators shine through the widely followed 50-day simple moving average, which serves as a guide to many of the short-to-medium-term trends on Wall Street. Market capitalization applies the strongest of warnings to the four largest companies, which have been helped by a broader stock market rally since the March decline: MicroCorft Corp. MSFT,
-1.24%, Inc. AMZN,
And Google’s parent Alphabet Inc. Google,


Slightly less powerful warnings, but warnings, nonetheless, large, Inc. Pal Inc. AAPL is also flashing for bigger shares.
As well as Invesco CQQ Exchange Traded Fund CQQ,
Which tracks the technology-heavy Nasdaq-100 index NDX,
And S&P 500 Index SPX,

Also read: Megacap tech self-off as a cue for the biggest monthly drop since the financial crisis

Mark Arbiter, president of technical analysis at Arbiter Investments LLC, said many “overweight and overworld” megacap leaders are in “uncertain” technical conditions.

“For some indicators and individual names, the -0-day timeline is accurate, and for others it seems to be rolling.” “This, as well as their chart patterns and sentiment, suggest that if not moderate, intermediate-term outlooks have shifted to neutral.”

Microft’s stock closed at 200.39% lower on Friday, the ninth straight session indicator that it closed below its 0-day moving average or -0-DMA. If that’s not enough to scare buyers, or get enough of cheering the bears, the 50-DMA started starting Sept. 11, and has since slowed down.

At the close on Friday, the 50-DMA was at 0 210.730 or 27.8 cents at 1 211,008 from the 50-DMA closing on Thursday, down 19.9 cents from Wednesday’s 1 211.207 according to Factset data.

On Wednesday, the 50-DMA fell also acted as resistance, sending the stock’s attempted rally into the open. That is the change from late July to mid-August gust, when rising 50-DMA acts as support.

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Such as MKM Partners’ Chief Market Technician J.C. “It’s a matter of time,” Ohara said in a note to customers this week.

“We accept that the moving average is a certain level to monitor during someone’s process,” Ohara wrote. “In our work, we feel it is more important to monitor the moving average, not the average level of the average.”

With that in mind, the 50-DMA MA slope for shares of both Amazon and Alphabet turned negative on Thursday, and fell further on Friday.

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Amazon’s 50-DMA fell 55,554 on Friday after falling 1.448 dollars on Thursday, while Alphabet’s 50-DMA fell 1.351 dollars on Friday after falling 33.1 cents on Thursday.

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Shares of Apple closed below its 50-DMA for the first time since April 21 on Thursday, then fell to a seven-week low of 3.2% on Friday.

With the stock down 17.2% so far this month, it was on track for the biggest monthly decline since it fell 18.4% in November 2018.

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Triple-Q closed below the fund’s 50-DMA for the second straight day on Friday and for the third time last week on Friday. While the 50-DMA was still rising, it won’t come long. It was up just 0.094 points on Friday after rising 0.207 points on Thursday and 0.360 points on Wednesday.

QQQ has fallen 9.5% so far in September and is currently heading for poor monthly performance since it fell 11.5% in November 2008.

Meanwhile, the S&P 500 dropped intraday below its 50-DMA last Monday and Thursday but bounced back from above. The 50-DMA finally gave way on Friday, and for the first time since April 23 the index closed below it. See market snapshot.

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The 50-DMA is still at a higher high, but it is flattening with an increase of 74.34348 points on Friday and 80.8033 points on Thursday with an increase of 34.34348 points on Friday.

While this doesn’t necessarily mean that these stocks are screaming to sell, investors should give a reason to stop before they sink.