Qualcomm in 2000 and Zoom in 2020

This is an educational post to explain stock market momentum. The 11/17/20 blog “Zoom Update – Part Two” noted that Zoom Video Communications Inc. (ZM) could be a signal for a looming bear market similar to Qualcomm Inc. (QCOM) in 2000.

The daily QCOM and S&P 500 (SPX) chart courtesy of Trading View illustrates what happened 1999 to 2000.

An advantage to analyzing stock market is that momentum can be measured by its individual components.  As a stock bull market progresses the number of individual stocks making new 52-week highs decrease.  If a stock has been a major leader during a bull market fails to make a new 52-week high while the broader market makes new highs, it could be an important signal.

QCOM made its bull market top on 01/03/20 nearly three months later SPX reached its ultimate bull market peak.  Note that the initial QCOM drop was 47%, after two and a half years it bottomed – down 87%.

The daily ZM/SPX chart illustrates ZM could be repeating the QCOM/SPX 2000 action.  If so ZM’s 10/19/20 bull market high could be forecasting an SPX top in early January 2021.

If ZM continues to lag the SPX  it could be one of the most important indicators of a potential major SPX top.  


Published by Mark Rivest

Independent investment advisor, trader, and writer. Articles have appeared on Technical Analysis of Stocks and Commodities , Traders.com Advantage, Futuresmag.com, and Finance Magnates.

2 thoughts on “Qualcomm in 2000 and Zoom in 2020

  1. Thanks for emphasizing the importance of momentum investing, Mark. This is a vital step in developing and keeping prosperity. Happy Thanksgiving a little early. I am thankful for your sage advice!


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