SelfWealth Most-Traded US Stocks: April 2022

As risk-off sentiment overwhelmed the market last month, the tech-heavy Nasdaq index posted its worst monthly performance since October, 2008, slumping 13.3%. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones and S&P 500 both recorded their worst month since the start of the pandemic, with the indexes shedding 4.9% and 8.8% respectively.

A number of headwinds have been contributing to the shift in sentiment, including surging inflation, monetary policy tightening by the Federal Reserve, the war in Ukraine, concerns about a global economic slowdown, ongoing supply chain issues, and a disappointing outlook from a number of mega-tech names that represent a huge portion of the market.

With last month’s action prompting a rethink among many, Selfwealth members stepped up their engagement with mega-tech stocks.


US share trading activity

With a number of high-profile tech names being sold off quite sharply throughout April, especially towards the end of the month when they delivered their quarterly reports, there were record funds flowing through these stocks across the Selfwealth community.

The fourth most-traded stock by value was Meta (NASDAQ: FB), which at one stage hit a new 52-week low before paring losses late in the month after exceeding earnings forecasts. Throughout April, the value of all trades in ‘FB’ shares increased by over 460% compared with the month prior, although the ratio of buy-to-sell activity decreased from 76.9% to 53.7%. This was a consistent theme among the mega-tech stocks that reported late in the month. 

Alphabet (NASDAQ: GOOGL) climbed to fifth position among the most-traded US stocks as the value of ‘GOOGL’ shares traded increased by 138%, but buying activity represented 59.5% of money flow compared with 80.3% in March. Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) leapt from 14th place into sixth position courtesy of a 368% increase in the value of ‘AMZN’ shares traded, while its buy-to-sell ratio fell from 87.2% to 56.2%. 

Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) encountered a similar phenomenon, with trade values in ‘MSFT’ shares doubling, but on the back of a more even mix of buying and selling activity. Sell orders were responsible for 44.1% of the value of shares traded, compared with just 14.8% in March.

Even perennial favourite Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) was exposed to a higher level of selling activity. The buy-to-sell ratio for the iPhone manufacturer decreased from 82.4% in March to 62.8% last month, while the increase in funds flowing through the stock was more modest than its tech peers.

These numbers indicate a split of sorts in terms of the outlook for tech. Yes, buying action remains the predominant force across these names, and it certainly ramped up on price weakness across the tech sector. However, the market downturn also prompted a disproportionate number of Selfwealth members to sell these stocks, likely out of caution in response to concerns about the aggressive path for the US rate hike cycle. 

What’s also interesting is that trade numbers in these high-profile stocks didn’t necessarily increase from the month prior, indicating it was shareholders with larger positions driving the action last month. The average trade value across these five stocks was 138% higher month-on-month, despite the fact the underlying price of all these shares dropped sharply.

Elsewhere, the inclusion of Nio (NYSE: NIO), Netflix (NASDAQ: NFLX) and Block (NYSE: SQ) on the list of the most-traded US stocks adds further weight to the trend that sees Selfwealth members engaging highest with tech names while volatility is elevated at this time.

Top 20 stocks traded by value
Code  Security Buy-sell Ratio
1 TQQQ ProShares UltraPro QQQ 51.0%
2 SQQQ ProShares UltraPro Short QQQ ETF 48.4%
3 TSLA Tesla 83.1%
4 FB Meta 53.7%
5 GOOGL Alphabet 59.5%
6 AMZN Amazon 56.2%
7 NVDA Nvidia 58.5%
8 NIO Nio 50.5%
9 MSFT Microsoft 55.9%
10 NFLX Netflix 58.1%
11 SQ Block 49.1%
12 AAPL Apple 62.8%
13 YINN Direxion Daily FTSE China Bull 3x Shares 50.3%
14 OPEN Opendoor Technologies 47.5%
15 PYPL PayPal 68.5%
16 UVXY ProShares Ultra VIX Short Term Futures ETF 48.8%
17 YANG Direxion Daily FTSE China Bear 3x Shares 44.0%
18 AMD Advanced Micro Devices 60.9%
19 BABA Alibaba 64.6%
20 SOXL Direxion Daily Semiconductor Bull 3X Shares 67.9%


Which US shares are the most held?

At the end of April, the list of the most-held US stocks across the Selfwealth community was largely consistent with those from the month prior, however, the major headwinds confronting tech stocks crushed the collective value of the most-popular holdings.

For example, take Tesla (NASDAQ: TSLA), which remains the clear frontrunner as the most-loved stock on the Selfwealth platform, boasting a value more than three times the holdings of the next best-placed stock in Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL). Nonetheless, the value of all ‘TSLA’ shares held across the platform decreased by 10.4% during April.

That drop pales in comparison with some of the other reductions witnessed across the board, including GameStop (NYSE: GME), the fifth most-held US stock among Selfwealth members, which recorded a 28.6% decline in value across all holdings. Meanwhile, the drop for Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA), ARK Innovation ETF (NYSE: ARKK) and Palantir (NYSE: PLTR) was 19.9%, 28% and 24% respectively, while Advanced Micro Devices (NASDAQ: AMD) encountered a similar fate.

Of the top 20 most-held names, only one stock managed to avoid a negative decline in funds throughout April, and that stock was Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK.B), despite the underlying stock price sinking 8.5%. On that front, long-term buying support accounted for the relative outperformance, and this could be due to a perception the stock is less exposed to volatility given it is a more ‘defensive’ holding.

US Stock Company
1 TSLA Tesla
2 AAPL Apple
3 RY Royal Bank of Canada
4 MSFT Microsoft
5 GME GameStop
6 GOOGL Alphabet
7 AMZN Amazon
8 BABA Alibaba
9 BRK.B Berkshire Hathaway
10 FB Meta
11 NVDA Nvidia
12 VOO Vanguard 500 Index Fund ETF
13 ENB Enbridge
14 PLTR Palantir
15 ARKK ARK Innovation ETF
17 BNS Bank of Nova Scotia
18 AMD Advanced Micro Devices
19 TD Bank of Montreal
20 PYPL PayPal


That’s all for this Trade Trends report, stay tuned for the next edition this time next month!


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