After its notable rally off the late June lows, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)
began to top out in the second half of September. After trading sideways to slightly lower for a couple of weeks, the stock gapped down 5.6% on the morning of Sept. 11, the day after it announced of a fresh batch of iPhones.
Last week, however, AAPL found support near its 100-day simple moving average and the 50% retracement level of the entire June-to-August rally. The odds now favor a resumption of its uptrend. Furthermore, with the company's next earnings announcement scheduled for Oct. 24, traders have a few weeks to potentially play the stock from the long side without any news to shake things up.
Personally, I have found great success swing trading AAPL, as it seems to respect technical patterns particularly well in two-to-three-week time frames. Additionally, given the strong emotional attachment many investors have to their positions, the stock often displays basic trend breaks and candlestick
signals that offer great trade setups.
Looking at the long-term chart, we see the stock began its astonishing multi-year climb in 2009, breaking above the 200-week moving average (lower blue line). The sell-off into April 2013 can still be looked at as merely a much-needed mean reversion move.
Of course, investors who bought the stock above the $600 mark may not find much solace in that statement. But the fact remains that AAPL, with its apparent double-bottom in April and June, bounced to exactly the level it should have, namely the 200-week moving average.
As further proof of how well the stock often reacts to straightforward technical analysis, notice how the rally off the double-bottom moved it into a resistance area made up of its 100-week simple moving average (upper blue line) and the underbelly of the 2009 uptrend (straight diagonal line). AAPL moved into this resistance area and eventually rejected it just as it announced its new iPhone 5C and 5S, as well as the new iOS 7.
Now that we have a good idea of where the stock trades in the broader sense, let's take a look at the closer-up daily chart. After a sharp 30%-plus rally in roughly seven weeks off the June lows, AAPL bumped into the aforementioned resistance area near the $510 area.
From there, after some back-and-forth trading, the stock gapped down on Sept. 11, the day after the announcement of the new iPhones. But after a few days of weakness, AAPL found support at its 100-day simple moving average (blue line), which had acted as resistance throughout the middle part of this year.