NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- I was watching a YouTube video earlier, where Oscar Carboni, the creator of Live With Oscar, the purveyor of technical analysis, the man who declares fundamentals appears first in charts, the man whose prolific videos and brash personality have won him a regular guest seat on Fox with Neil Cavuto, the pit-floor-suited man who made famous the trader's mantra, "Stops are in, emotions are out," that he should be "committed to the psycho ward," because his proprietary OMNI Indicator was wrong again, undoubtedly wiping out millions of dollars from his legion of followers' trading accounts. Oscar should be given props. He's a great ambassador for the art of technical analysis, as he assumes responsibility for his bad calls, and he professes good trading habits, like setting stops before executing a trade. I have no problem with the message of discipline he portrays, and the obligatory warning he gives that trading is risky and you could lose everything. What I do have a problem with is his evangelistic preaching of technical analysis dogma, that it is the best way to put your money at risk in the futures and stock markets. I have a problem because he mesmerizes naive traders, just like those bible-belt preachers, into believing his 31 years as a trader-analyst will rub off on you, especially if you follow him to Las Vegas and take his $6,000 course. And while Oscar's application of technical analysis is "technically" accurate and sound, and his rules and Oscarisms like, "Double Tops Bring Market Drops," are effective teaching techniques, I am concerned his videos never mention risk and money management. I'm concerned that hundreds, maybe thousands of people will be led by this YouTube Pied Piper to fiscal disaster. So, what does this have to do with Apple ( AAPL) and descending wedges? Well, I'm about to inflict upon you my own version of technical analysis, something I have been doing for decades, just like Oscar, but with the following caveat. The first word in this art, and it is an intuitive art, not a science; the first word is technical. "Technical" implies something scientific, something that has endured the rigor of scientific methods and principles. But the fact is, technical analysis is not a science, it is more of an artful guess. To the extent that there is some correlation to drawing lines and mapping mob behavior, it has some practical use for visualizing patterns that may or may not repeat. But when put to the scrutiny of statistical analysis, the rules of technical analysis turn out to be not much better than a coin flip at determining the future direction of price.
With that out of the way, we can talk about Apple wedges. But wait. You're probably thinking that since I'm so down on technical analysis, then I must favor fundamental analysis, right? Wrong! I'll have loads to say in future posts about the charlatans (a.k.a. analysts) that work for evil brokers. Fundamentalists are no better or worse than Oscar Carboni, or John Murphy, or Jesse Livermore, who have made and lost fortunes several times over. With that off my chest, let's get to Apple and it's falling price, and where I think it's going. First I want to dispel the myth that Apple's stock is a reflection of a sinking company. It's not. Apple is strong, one of the best, if not the best managed company on the planet. It's just that the Apple faithful, the Loonians enraptured by the Steve Jobs philosophy ( I, among them), people permanently caught in his reality distortion field, think there's some kind of big money conspiracy, a massive manipulation that controls price, that evil corporate mongers are intent on knocking down the best representative of what a corporate giant could be. So, why is Apple stock down, and where is it going, and what's all this about head and shoulders, Elliott waves, and descending wedges? Apple's stock price is down, because the overall market perceives the current price to be a fair value for the company given the plethora of news, or lack there of, the perceived performance, the conglomeration of observations made by analysts with a stage, and the press that love to speculate on the fate of such a fateful company. The price is the truth, as it is perceived today. Tomorrow's price will be the truth as it will be perceived tomorrow. The descending wedge I referred to in the title of this article, is a well known pattern in technical analysis, that means price is slowly converging to a point, where the market can agree represents a fair value for the stock. Well, Apple stock price recently tried to exit that wedge, but it fell right back in, indicating a false bottom or break away from the wedge. So, price the mob isn't yet satisfied with the current price. Price is the truth, you can deny it all you want, but the market is comprised of millions of people and corporations, who collectively think with a single mind.