Most investors are well aware of the ongoing spat between Apple (AAPL) and Adobe (ADBE) over flash, but a comparison of their stock performances shows just how costly it can be if you are not in the good graces of Steve Jobs. While updating our relative strength charts of the stocks in the Nasdaq 100, the divergence between the two stocks sticks out like a sore thumb, especialy given the fact that on an alphabetical basis they are the first two tickers in the index.
In each chart below, a rising line indicates that the stock is outperforming the S&P 500, while a falling line indicates underperformance. We have also included red dots indicating the point in the last 12 months where the stock was underperforming the S&P 500 by the widest margin, as well as green dots highlighting the time of peak outperformance. The beauty of these relative strength 'sparkline' charts is that they provide a lot of information in a little bit of space. Thus, they allow a reader to quickly scan a large list of names for potential buy and sell candidates.
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