Micron Technology (MU) was the best performing stock of 2017, growing more than 80%. In the last quarter of March 20, 2019, Micron stocked ahead of its earnings and jumped 9.6% one day after its earnings release as it beat analysts' EPS estimate even though it missed their revenue estimate.
However, Micron fell 11% the next day as analysts downgraded it on its expected expectation.
Micron is currently trading below its 50-day moving average but above its 200-day moving average. The memory market has few players, and Micron is the only US-based pure-play DRAM (dynamic random-access memory). and NAND (negative AND) manufacturer. Its direct competitors are South Korea's Samsung and SK Hynix, making it difficult to find a comparable US stock that faces the same economic challenges. The closest one is NAND chip maker Western Digital (WDC).
WDC is already experiencing technical weakness, as it is trading below its 50-day and 200-day moving averages. Moreover, its 50-day moving average is lower than its 200-day moving average.
Micron is stronger than WDC because of its exposure to the DRAM market and its strong balance sheet and cash flows. Micron is a good bet for the long term but it is very volatile in the short term.