Stocktwits Charts of the Decade

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Dec 22, 2019 · 6 min read

A bunch of great charts have been posted to social media and blogged depicting Charts of the Decade. We’ve rummaged through a bunch of them and picked some of our favorites for this curated list.

Have a look.

Bubble of the Decade

Bitcoin will go down as one of the greatest bubbles since the South Sea Bubble of the 18th century. It has everything from an anonymous creator to anarcho-capitalist devotees to disappearing CEOs who may have died or stolen hundreds of millions.

In December 2017, bitcoin hit a market cap of $326B before tumbling to $57B at the bottom one year later. As of this writing, we’re around $125B.

Here’s the arithmetic chart (don’t hate). Epic freaking bubble. And below the log chart posted to Stocktwits by @beincrypto which tells a different story.

Bubble of the Decade (Runner Up)

I wish we could post this one in three dimensions. :)

Before the bitcoin thing really ever got going, the next big thing was going to be 3-D printing. You could print an actual house or a gun or shoes or dentures or whatever from the comfort of your own home. These stocks all crashed. Here’s a chart of the 3 D Systems crash, posted by Stocktwits’ own Riley Rosenberger:

The Rebirth of the Financials

Like the phoenix rising, this one might turn out to be the chart of the next decade. Posted by @allstarcharts, the chart below shows a 15 year view of the $XLF Financials ETF. It includes the global financial crisis crash, the recovery back to the 2007 high and what could be a bullish inverse head and shoulders. If the financials break out here, that seems pretty bullish.

Race for the Largest Market Cap

This animation created by Koyfin shows changes in the largest market cap stocks in total and across sectors. So cool.

Flash Crash!

On August 24, 2015 equity markets cracked soon after the open with the S&P dropping over 6% before recovering some of the losses as the day progressed. There was a lot of volatility at the time, but the incident fueled a good bit of high speed trading technology anxiety. Ben Carlson captured the chart of the flash crash in a blog post at the time with an intraday snapshot of the Guggenheim S&P 500 Equal Weight 500 ETF pasted below:

FAANG of the Decade

The best performing FAANG stock of the Teens was Netflix, increasing 4043% for the decade. That’s 44% annualized over 10 years. Ridiculous. It was also the best performing S&P 500 stock. I guess streaming’s a thing.

Here’s One that Beat Netflix

Patrick Industries of Elkhart, Indiana performed even better than Netflix rising 4500% for the decade. Patrick manufactures building products and materials. This might sound boring but returns have been anything but. It pays a near 2% dividend to boot.

One other thing, a glimpse at the chart and you can see that $PATK has been going sideways for 2 years now. Hmm…

Hattip Matthew Timpane for pointing this one out:

Metal of the Decade

Ok, raise your hands, how many of you metalheads are long Palladium? Didn’t think so. Meanwhile, this beast has done nothing but base and rally for the past ten years. Forget correlations with other metals. Doesn’t care. Have a look at this chart posted by technician Tom Bruni:

Performance over Multiple Decades

One of our favorite gif’s was created by Nick Maggiulli and blogged by Michael Batnick over at Ritholtz Wealth. It shows the changes in performance of multiple asset classes over four decades. As Michael writes:

One of the only iron rules that exists in the world of investing is that the future will not look like the past.

Breakout of the Decade

Amazon’s 1200% return for the decade was not close to the biggest on a percentage basis. But here’s the thing, when it broke out in late 2009, Amazon already had a 58 BILLION DOLLAR MARKET CAP. It was already a huge company. It was already the size of a 2019 General Motors or Fedex.

It created $800B in value in one decade.

Hattip to @MrBruceWayne for the heads up on this and Hattip to Jeff Bezos for your legendary performance. We’re sending both of you guys a Stocktwits hat. 😄

The chart below shows the beautiful breakout from a ten year base and the subsequent monster move.

Logistics Tech Hiding in a Pizza Box

Domino’s was a great performer over the last decade returning 3800%. While it did not perform as well as Netflix, we included it because it just goes to show that companies can sometimes be things other than what you think they are.

Domino’s did not find so much success because the pizza is delicious. It’s not.

Domino’s crushed it because it is actually a sophisticated logistics company disguised as a pizza co.

Thanks for sharing the chart below on Stocktwits @Stocks and Stones!

Crash of the Decade

On February 5, 2018 $XIV (Velocity Shares Daily Inverse VIX Short-Term exchange-traded note) crashed in the 15 minutes after the closing bell. It never recovered and trading was suspended permanently. The story here is complicated (Andrew Thrasher summarized it well here) but the lesson is simple — do not trade volatility without parental supervision.

Chart via Jeremy McDonald:

The Long Long Long Game

This beauty from Logan McNulty goes back a lot more than 10 years but we’re including it because, like Nick’s gif above, it provides astute longer term time perspective. Note the “You are here” arrow suggesting we could have way more to go.

Chris Kimble of Kimble Charting Solutions backs up the lens even further with this 100 year chart of the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

All Kidding Aside, Read This One 👇

Micah McDonald posted this chart to Stocktwits and it might be the most important thing you see heading into a new decade. Micah writes:

“If a young investor happened to land a decent job in 2009 and opted to max out his 401k into an S&P 500 fund with no employer match, he’d be sitting on about $357k right about now with $165k contributed.”

Now go sign up for your co’s 401k!

And here’s the chart:

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