Funny thing happened on the road back to $600.
As AAPL tanked, just about everyone co-opted my bearish Apple might not be able to win without Steve Jobs argument. While I was flattered, the bearishness used the wrong time frame: It came about a year too soon.
Then, when everybody lathered one another up in a near-pornographic bearish tizzy, I turned bullish, urging investors to buy AAPL on sale during the holiday quarter and predicting an epic run for the stock.After roughly 10% of upside two weeks after those articles hit, Johnny comes lately again. Everybody's bullish redux! Very hack-like, yes, but at least they're on the right side of the trade now. The problem with the recent wave of AAPL bearishness is that it did the opposite of everything an investor should do when people get hysterical. Also, the timing stunk. You had people showing off charts that had AAPL plummeting to $450. You had Jeff Gundlach going on CNBC (click on "It came about a year too soon" above) touting his short position with a half-right (tax-related profit taking), half-wrong (Steve Jobs is dead) argument. Our on-demand society wanted answers and there was no shortage of bad ones. Heck, there's even some leftover bearishness as the stock runs. Why else would people buy Research in Motion (RIMM)? Optimism over BlackBerry 10 has as much to do with thoughts of a less-fierce competitive threat from iPhone than it does RIM's new OS itself. When AAPL sank, it was like shooting fish in a barrel. The buying opportunity of a lifetime. There's not a stronger stock on the market right now. So, it's all good until it's not all good anymore. As I have been saying for months, Apple's long-term tale gets told in 2013. The large mammal in the room -- Can Tim Cook preside over the next big thing? Many AAPL bulls want to ignore this reality, but let's face it -- there will be very little chest bumping in Tim Cook's office when Apple reports record-breaking numbers in January for the holiday quarter.
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