Sunday, June 27, 2010

Apple Pulls Back -2.7% from All-Time High (Chart)

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Overview
The short story is AAPL pulled back from the all-time closing high on Friday, June 18 of $274.07 to close at $266.70 this week or -$7.37 even though iPhone 4 Mania Ruled. Current Apple News & Fundamentals are discussed here. Below is a technical review of AAPL stock.

The long story is AAPL is down -2.69% for the week, up +3.82% for the month, up +26.56% for the year, and up an amazing +220.90% since the March 9, 2009 market bottom. This equates to -$7.37 for the week, +$9.82 for the month, +$55.97 for the year, and an incredible +$183.59 since the March 9, 2009 market bottom! AAPL at the June 25 close of 266.70 is -2.69% and -$7.37 from the all-time closing high of 274.07 on June 25.

By comparison, the overall market, the S&P 500, is down -3.65% for the week, down -1.16% for the month, down -3.44% for the year, up +59.16% since the March 9, 2009 market bottom, and down -11.44% from the 2010 YTD high on April 23. AAPL is outperforming the overall market.

Apple News and Fundamentals
A review and weekly update of Apple Inc. news and fundamental analysis is in the previous post. A review and weekly update of USA and World market and economic news and fundamental analysis is here. Sentiment is "cautiously optimistic" about the global recovery. Asia-Pacific is the most robust economic region while there is uncertainty about Europe's sovereign debt, financial system, and economic recovery. USA leading economic indicators are signalling the recovery is slowing down, perhaps even stalling. USA unemployment and underemployment remains high, bank lending continues to contract, housing starts have plunged, durable goods orders are down, and the Q1 GDP was unexpectedly revised downwards. Yet USA manufacturing shows surprising strength and sustainability.

Apple Daily Chart
Below is the AAPL daily chart for 2010. A monthly chart is included at the bottom of this page for a broader perspective.

Noteworthy Closing Prices on Daily Chart below:
Current Close $266.70 (Yellow horizontal line)
2010 YTD & All Time High 6-18-10 $274.07
2010 YTD Low 2-4-10 $192.05
YE 12-31-09 $210.73
10 Month EMA $222.63


AAPL Pulls Back -2.7% from All-Time High


Intermediate-Term Trend
The intermediate-term signal, the comparison of the 25 day and 50 day simple moving averages, generated a buy/long/bull signal on Wednesday, June 23. A bear signal had been in effect since June 10. AAPL previously had been in a bull market since March 12, 2010. Currently the 25d sma is slightly higher than the 50d sma.

Resistance
Key resistance and benchmark prices above are the earlier 2010 YTD and all-time high on April 23 of 270.83 and the new all-time high on June 18 of 274.07.

Support
Key support  just below is the May 3 peak of 266.35. Additional support is the June 2 peak of 263.95 and May 12 peak of 262.09..

Moving Averages
AAPL above the all the simple moving averages. noted on the chart: 25d, 50d, 100d and 200d. The 25d sma is just above the 50d sma. All the sma's on the chart are ascending and beginning to spread out in a bullish fan.

Uptrend Line
The yellow uptrend line, a rate of price ascent, is from the AAPL January 20, 2009 closing low of 78.20 up through the February 4, 2010 closing low of 192.05. The February 4 closing low has been the bottom for 2010. AAPL spiked decisively above this uptrend line on February 24. AAPL has now stayed well above henceforth (except for Flash Crash Thursday, May 6, 2010).

Downtrend Line
A downtrend line, a rate of price descent, has been created by the pullback from the June 18 all-time high. This downtrend line is from the June 18 all-time closing high of 274.07 down through the June 22 sub-peak of 273.85.

Relative Strength Index (RSI)
RSI 14 day = 64.77 is reasonable, below the recent 67.90 peak on June 16
RSI 28 day = 55.46 is reasonable; below the recent 63.61 on June 17
The RSIs are both reasonable and signalling plenty of upside room.

MACD (12,26,9)
The MACD flipped to bullish on June 15, has peaked, and is downtrending. The 2010 peak was +2.49 on March 10 and the recent peak was +2.17 on June 18 . Previously the highest was on November 4, 2008 at +3.41.

Long-Term Trend
The 10 month exponential moving average of 222.63 is a long-term trend indicator and shown on the monthly chart below. That is the line in the sand, so to speak, for the long term signal of a bear market. AAPL is well above this signal at the current close.AAPL is in a long-term bull market and has been since April 2009.

Conclusion
Through disappointing USA economic data such as the May durable goods orders and May jobs report, the overall market pullback, uncertainty over the USA economic recovery, the Flash Crash, and the EU & Euro Crisis, the fundamentals at Apple Inc. never changed. The fundamentals of Apple are actually improving and are reviewed in the previous post. Apple Inc. is doing great!

Apple has been charging ahead with the introduction of the iPad, iPad 3G, a iPhone 4, iOS 4, and a new mobile advertising platform (iAd). iPhone sales and market share are impressive and now reports of very strong iPad demand. "Apple is beginning the strongest product cycle in the company's history, led by the iPad and iPhone 4", stated Deutsch Bank on June 22. The current price is now catching up with AAPL fundamentals. The RSI 14 day and 28 day are reasonable. The MACD is bullish after flipping back and forth on the lack of a clear AAPL price trend previously. The intermediate-term trend bullish. The long-term trend remains bullish.


AAPL Monthly Chart

Below is the monthly AAPL chart since January 2005. The overall analysis and commentary is the same as for the daily chart above. The yellow horizontal line, the current price, and the yellow uptrend line are the same, and as described, on the daily chart above. The white moving average line is the 10 month exponential moving average, which is the long-term bull or bear market signal, as discussed above with the daily chart.



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