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Julius de Kempenaer
About the author: is the creator of Relative Rotation Graphs. This unique method to visualize relative strength within a universe of securities was first launched on Bloomberg professional services terminals in January 2011 and was released on StockCharts.com in July 2014. A graduate of the Dutch Royal Military Academy and former captain in the Dutch Air Force, Julius first began his career in the financial industry in 1990 as a portfolio manager. He is now the director/owner of RRG Research in Amsterdam.

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Double + For Utilities And Real Estate On Relative Rotation Graph

by Julius de Kempenaer

The market keeps throwing us curve balls on a daily basis. The Relative Rotation Graph above translates these curve balls into (sector-) rotational patterns. The weekly chart above shows continuing strength for Utilities and Real Estate as they continue to move higher on both axes of the RRG. Staples and Healthcare are still comfortable inside the boundaries of the leading quadrant but lost a bit of their relative momentum which causes them to move more or less flat for now. There is nothing wrong with flat and higher on the JdK RS-Ratio scale! It means that the Read More 

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RRG Says Stocks Are The Weakest Asset Class

by Julius de Kempenaer

The Relative Rotation Graphs shows the rotation of various asset classes around a balance benchmark portfolio (VBINX). The message could not be more clear. Stocks (SPY) just crossed over from weakening into the lagging quadrant while ALL other asset classes are inside the leading quadrant. This is a pretty clear message that is hard to ignore. Summary Stocks rotate into lagging quadrant while all other asset classes are in leading Four red flags for SPY Read More 

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Plotting breadth indicators on Relative Rotation Graphs - Part II

by Julius de Kempenaer

After finishing the previous article on plotting breadth indicators on Relative Rotation Graphs I have spent hours and hours on studying probably a couple of thousand different RRGs holding various groups of sectors in combination with their breadth equivalents. And although I did not find the perfect prediction tool or the ideal leading indicator I do think using these alternative data series on RRGs can function as a piece of the puzzle that we are trying to solve. What have I learned so far? For this experiment I worked Read More 

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Plotting breadth indicators on Relative Rotation Graphs - Part I

by Julius de Kempenaer

In my contribution to last week's Chartwatchers newsletter, I mentioned my current experiment on using breadth indicators on a Relative Rotation Graph. In this article, I want to take a look at a few of these setups side by side and see if there is indeed a leading tendency for breadth to lead price on the RRG as it tends to do on regular charts as well. I remember sitting in on a presentation by Greg Morris at the CMTA symposium a few years ago when he was talking on breadth indicators. In that talk Greg used the quote: "Breadth arrives at a party on time Read More 

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Using RRG to find some good and some not so good names inside the DJ Industrials index.

by Julius de Kempenaer

The relative rotation graph above shows the rotation of the 30 DJ Industrials stocks. Watching the interaction on the canvas, a few rotations catch the eye. Inside the lagging quadrant IBM, HD, and DWDP are clearly moving deeper into negative territory. On the opposite side inside the leading quadrant, we find MCD, WBA, PG, and WMT at strong RG headings moving higher on both axes. In the weakening quadrant, the most pronounced rotations are visible for Nike and Apple. Both stocks have gone through a strong rotation and are now rapidly losing Read More 

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Some utility stocks worth paying attention to

by Julius de Kempenaer

The relative rotation graph above shows a selection of stocks in the utilities sector. I have created this zoomed in version for better visibility. The fully populated RRG can be found here. In this post, I will highlight a few of the stocks shown in the picture. As XLU is now one of the sectors inside the leading quadrant vs SPY and continuing higher on both axes. I will focus on a few names that are expected to fuel further relative strength in utility stocks but also point to one that is better avoided. Summary Read More 

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Two stocks in the Consumer Staples sector that could offer shelter when needed.

by Julius de Kempenaer

In this blog post, I want to do a quick top-down analysis to arrive at a few stocks that could help investors to provide shelter in case the current hiccup in the market is .. well a "hiccup."  The Relative Rotation Graph above shows the rotation of various asset classes around a balanced benchmark portfolio (VBINX). The quick observations that we can make from this picture are that the cluster of fixed income related asset classes is, still, moving inside the improving quadrant and close, to crossing over, to the leading quadrant Read More 

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Markets are cracking. Is it just another dip or are we witnessing a bigger event in the making?

by Julius de Kempenaer

The general market conditions for the various major indexes have been commented on extensively by other commentators here on the site. There is no doubt that there is more rumble in the markets now than we have seen for a long time. IMHO this makes it an interesting time for analysts and investors alike and a good thing to do, as Greg Schnell pointed out nicely in his recent article, is to zoom out. You do not want to get caught in micro-analysis while the bigger picture is shifting. My favorite BIG PICTURE tool is, obviously ;) , the RRG showing various asset Read More 

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Break in $NIFTY re-shuffles sector rotation in India

by Julius de Kempenaer

This article is an extended and updated version of the article that appeared in last weekend's Chartwatchers newsletter. The Indian $NIFTY Index dropped out of an almost three-year uptrend at the close of last week. The rising support line that started at the low in early 2016 did not manage to hold up and was clearly broken during last week's market action. This move changes the dynamics of the Indian stock market. On the weekly chart above a new series of lower highs and lower lows has not (yet) begun. So technically it is not a downtrend yet. On Read More 

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XLV continues strong in leading quadrant, XLF and XLB snap lower on Relative Strength

by Julius de Kempenaer

On the Relative Rotation Graph for US sectors, the Healthcare sector continues strong into the leading quadrant at a steady pace (RS Momentum). Two sectors that are showing a sudden weakness in relative strength, and therefore deserve our attention, are Materials (XLB) and Financials (XLF). Summary Healthcare (XLV) moving further into leading quadrant at a steady pace Materials (XLB) snapping back into moving lower on JdK RS-Ratio scale Financials (XLF) hooking lower after a few weeks of rotation Read More 

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