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Nasdaq 100 Trust


completed a round trip back to its 2007 high last week. It's a relief the instrument finally overcame multiple layers of resistance generated by the Feb. 27 selloff.

But its primary components -- big tech stocks -- still have a lot of work to do in order to catch up with the mid-cap and small-cap segments of the broad sector.

Perhaps this will change as the first-quarter earnings season unfolds. After all, big-caps in other market groups have been firing on all cylinders this April, leading the

Dow Industrials


S&P 500

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to new yearly highs.

But it's still a wait-and-see game for big tech, which has disappointed patient investors for several quarters now.

In the meantime, let's look at one of the most promising plays in the big-tech arena (see chart below).

Apple is the obvious place to start because its leadership role in big tech has been unrivaled in recent years.

I've seen a fair share of hand-wringing lately as the stock's latest upsurge fizzled out. But all systems are still go for the issue to break out to a new multiyear high in the next one to two months.

The stock sold off in early April after it filled the sharp January down gap between $92 and $95. This is common behavior the first time that a recovering issue rises into this type of overhead supply. The pullback and bounce at the 50-day moving average suggest that price is working through a triangle pattern that should hold support just under $90.

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At the time of publication, Farley had no positions in the stocks mentioned, although holdings can change at any time.

Alan Farley is a professional trader and author of

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