Chinese Tech Is Washed Out and Smart Money Is Buying

Few markets have suffered more of a barrage of uncertainty and negativity this summer than Chinese stocks. Technology-related issues have been hit particularly hard from all sides.

Based on the last 15 years of history, they've reached a point of maximum pessimism.

The most popular domestic fund for trading Chinese internet stocks is KWEB, based on the CSI Overseas China Internet Index. The index has just over 50 member stocks, and it's hard to find an uptrend among them. 

During mid-August, precisely 0% of these stocks were trading above their 50-day moving averages. That spiked to around 40% during a relief bounce and has since slid back under 10% as recently as last week.

Chinese technology internet stocks breadth

It's an even uglier picture when looking at the percentage of these stocks in long-term uptrends. In recent days, only 4% of them have closed above their 200-day moving averages, ranking among the very worst readings in available history.

The plunge in late July caused more than 50% of Chinese 'net stocks to fall to a 52-week low, only the third time in 15 years that so many have done so at the same time. Many are gyrating around those low prices, and on any given day, between 10% - 25% of stocks have been setting fresh 52-week lows.

What else we're looking at

  • An in-depth look at various breadth metrics for Chinese technology stocks
  • How this compares to past panics
  • One particular company has been buying back its own shares, and a detailed look at its track record

Stat box

On Thursday, the S&P 500 ended a run of more than 200 days of being within 5% of its latest 52-week high. That was one of only 10 such streaks since 1928.


Winding down. Investor sentiment is retreating rapidly from optimism, and behavior has flipped to risk-off mode. This is the first time that our Risk-On / Risk-Off composite has been below 50% on consecutive days since May 2020. That's a record dating back 22 years.

risk on risk off composite indicator

Looking for liquidity. One of the dozens of indicators in the Risk-On / Risk-Off composite is the Liquidity Premium. This shows the demand from traders for the most liquid instruments available and rises when traders panic.

spy liquidity premium

Half in correction. More than 50% of S&P 500 companies are now in a correction, down at least 10% from their highs. During healthy markets, this usually stays below 40%. Risk of a sustained pullback is higher in the indexes when most of its member stocks are struggling.

s&p 500 members in correction down 10%

The post titled Chinese Tech Is Washed Out and Smart Money Is Buying was originally published as on on 2021-10-01.

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