As we all know, the tech heavy NASDAQ Composite has been the market leading index in 2017. This index includes the popular FANG stocks such as Facebook Inc(NASDAQ:FB), Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL), Netflix, Inc.(NASDAQ:NFLX) and Alphabet Inc(NASDAQ:GOOGL). While these stocks have been stellar performers it has really been the semiconductor stocks that have shined.
NVIDIA Corporation(NASDAQ:NVDA) is probably the leading semiconductor stock in the market right now. Since April 13th, 2017 this leading semiconductor stock has rallied higher by more than $50.00 a share. NVDA stock is currently trading at $150.65 a share. This tech leader made a high on June 9th, 2017 at $168.50 a share before reversing sharply lower on that trading day. Since that high pivot the stock has been unable to recapture the highs made that day. In fact, the entire semiconductor industry group topped out on June 9th and most of the leading stocks in the sector have been unable to make new highs since that decline. The popular semiconductor trading vehicle know as the VanEck Vectors Semiconductor ETF(NYSEArca:SMH) is actually still trading around the lows from the June 9th trading day. Is this a warning sign of things to come?
In the past, when the semiconductor sector loses its leadership role it is often a warning sign of a correction on the horizon. Traders should note that if the semiconductor stocks fail to make new highs in the next few weeks it could be a negative omen for the technology heavy NASDAQ Composite and NASDAQ 100.