TheGoldAndOilGuy.com -- Apple ( AAPL) shares have been in free fall mode all October spooking investors with a $120 drop from the all-time high in September.
As well all know, though it's hard to follow without a proven trading strategy to keep us focused but the key is that you must buy when others are selling and then sell when everyone is buying. Apple shares really have helped in holding the overall stock market up in the past but recently it has been a big drag on the broad market. Taking a look at the chart below you can see my analysis and thoughts of this giant. The red horizontal line shows the key level where high volume traded in the past. For the market to reset (flush out investors/traders) it must shake as many longs out before it can start rising again. By the price breaking below $600, most of the stops were placed down around this level. The volume spike of 40 million shares clearly shows it triggered stops once that $600 level was broken. The market makers run the stops shaking the masses out of the position. Once they do that, they let market rally again. The more people who get stopped out, the more power the next rally will have because they jump back in later chasing prices higher.
: The Nasdaq has formed a similar chart pattern and is heavily weighted with AAPL shares. Trading NQ futures, PowerShares QQQ ( QQQ), ProShares Ultra QQQ ( QLD) or the XLK Technology Select Sector ( XLK) exchange traded fund as a much more affordable way to play a bounce/rally in the coming weeks.
Russell 2000 Index
: I really like the Russell 2000 index because small cap stocks can rally hard and fast outperforming the large caps like AAPL, S&P 500, Nasdaq and Dow. This index is looking ripe for a bounce in the coming days which could trigger the next major rally to new highs. You can plan this index through TF futures contract, IWM, Drexion Daily Small Cap ( TNA), UMA exchange-traded funds.
: While this setup looks very promising because the election is almost over and the Santa Clause rally is just around the corner. Know that some of the biggest drops in the market happens during times when the market is running the stops. It is a natural tendency to take big positions which things look great, but that is not how you do it . . . Take calculated position sizes knowing indexes could fall another 2% to 3% before putting in a real washout bottom. At the time of publication the author held no positions in any of the stocks mentioned. Get Chris Vermeulen's Trade Alerts at: TheGoldAndOilGuy.comThis article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.