Apple Inc. (AAPL) appears poised to trade as high as my August risky level of $168.53 before Labor Day, even if the Dow Jones Industrial Average, S&P 500 and Nasdaq Composite end August with negative weekly charts.
There is a potential correction looming for the stock market, and Apple is often considered a safe haven during tough times for the market.
Apple closed Wednesday at $159.98, up 38.1% year to date and in bull market territory 53.7% above its post-election low of $104.08 set on Nov. 14. Other popular momentum stocks set their post-election highs between June 6 and July 27. Apple set its all-time intraday high and post-election high of $162.51 on Aug. 16. This shows how Apple can disconnect with other momentum stocks. Here's a scorecard for 6 momentum stocks.
To show how Apple has outperformed the major averages, the stock is above its semiannual and annual pivots of $156.68 and $151.69, respectively, as shown on its positive weekly chart below.
The Dow 30 failed to hold its semiannual and annual pivots of 22,127 and 22,041, respectively, and its weekly chart becomes negative, given a weekly close below its five-week modified moving average of 21,677.
The S&P stayed below its annual risky level of 2,537.9 and its weekly chart will be negative given a close this week below its five-week modified moving average of 2,443.36.
The Nasdaq traded well above its annual pivot of 6,253, but this level became a magnet on a weekly chart that shows declining momentum.
Apple has been above a "golden cross" on its daily chart since Sept. 2 when the stock closed at $107.73. The 50-day and 200-day simple moving averages are $150.73 and $137.04, respectively. A golden cross occurs when the 50-day simple moving average rises above its 200-day simple moving average, indicating that higher prices lie ahead.
Weekly Chart for Apple
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The weekly chart for Apple is positive with the stock above its five-week modified moving average (in red) at $153.96. The 200-week simple moving average or "reversion to the mean" (in green) is $110.61. Notice the buying opportunity at the "reversion to the mean" between the end of April 2016 and the beginning of July 2016 when the average was $93.31. The 12x3x3 weekly slow stochastic reading is projected to rise to 69.28 this week up from 63.79 on Aug. 18.
Investment strategy: Buy weakness to my semiannual and annual pivots of $156.68 and $151.69, respectively, which are the horizontal lines. Sell strength to my monthly risky level of $168.53. Below $151.69, the quarterly and annual value levels are $114.74 and $112.56, respectively.
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