Could Apple stock (AAPL) - Get Report be finally heading towards the peak? On June 17, shares clinched another gain, despite the turbulent couple of days in the market. The stock has easily outperformed the S&P 500 since the Federal Reserve’s most recent meeting sent shockwaves through the financial system.
In today's edition of the Apple Maven's "AAPL Premarket", I discuss what has moved Apple stock price on Thursday, and what to expect of shares on Friday.
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Heads I win, tails I win as well. This is how the sharp movements in treasury yields impacted Apple stock on Wednesday and Thursday.
Jerome Powell’s address after the FOMC meeting sent rates soaring and many stocks tumbling. But AAPL still managed to end the session up +0.4%. When yields pulled back the next day, AAPL produced even more gains: +1.3%.
The reason for Apple’s resilience in the face of such turbulence is unclear. I speculate that (1) the stock has stayed under water too long for bargain hunters to ignore, while earnings estimates continued to climb; and (2) the worst of the fears over rising inflation and yields has probably been already absorbed by the market.
Apple’s price action was a bit easier to explain on Thursday. The 10-year treasury yield reset around 1.5%, a surprise to many after the Fed’s decision to start “talking about talking about” tightening monetary policy in 2023. Also, a combination of rising cases of COVID’s delta variant in the UK and unexpected increase in US unemployment claims sent investors flocking to the safety of FAAMG.
Aside from macroeconomic news, not much more seems to have impacted Apple shares in the past day or two. If anything, cries over government regulation of Big Tech have grown louder, which could have been a bearish development for Apple stock – but it was not.
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What to expect of Friday
There is not much happening on Friday that could nudge Apple stock price higher or lower, after a week that was packed with releases on macroeconomic data that dictated market action. The day should be quiet for Apple and equities in general.
Key metrics on Apple stock
Below is a quick summary of Apple's key stock-related metrics:
- AAPL is flat for the year, after being down as much as 12% in March.
- Despite the recent climb, AAPL is still down 8% from the January peak of $143.
- Apple is the most valuable stock in the world: $2.2 trillion.
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