Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is an iconic U.S. and worldwide company. The late Steve Jobs founded Apple, which was incorporated in 1977 in Cupertino, California. On April 1, 1976, two college dropouts, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, founded Apple with a vision of changing the way people viewed and used computers. The two Steves wanted to make computers small enough for people to have them in their homes or offices, and they wanted a “user-friendly” experience. Their efforts began in Steve Job’s garage.
Steve Wozniak left Apple in 1983 as he lost interest in the company’s day-to-day operations. Steve Jobs left in 1985 after conflicts with John Sculley, the company’s President. Steve Jobs pursued other interests, starting NeXT Software and buying Pixar from Hollywood director George Lucas. In 1997, Steve Jobs returned to Apple, becoming the CEO. He passed away on October 5, 2011, and his hand-picked successor, Tim Cook, continues to run the company. Apple rose to become the world’s leading company by market cap. At $137.13 per share on June 10, AAPL was worth $2.309 trillion. AAPL only recently relinquished its role as the publicly traded company with the top market cap, but it remains the leading technology company in the U.S. and worldwide.
The chart shows that AAPL share fell to a low of $132.61 on May 20, a 27.5% decline from the January 4 all-time peak. At the $137.13 level at the end of last week, the leading U.S. company was trading not far above the May 20 low.
Saudi Aramco shares trade on the Saudi Stock Exchange, the Tadawul. The world’s leading oil company considered listing on the U.S. or other worldwide exchanges, but decided that the Saudi Exchange and its reporting requirements best suited the company. In June 2022, rising oil, oil product, and natural gas prices pushed Aramco shares to a level where it became the world’s most valuable company with the highest market cap, surpassing AAPL, the U.S. technology giant.
The chart shows the rise in Aramco shares that took the company’s market cap to a level that eclipsed AAPL to become the world’s most valuable publicly traded business.
AAPL is no slouch with a $2.309 trillion market cap, and the company is a technology leader. Long-term investors and holders of AAPL shares have seen explosive returns.
The chart highlights the move from 11.0 cents in 1984 to the nearly $183 high in early 2022. Apple has been on at the forefront of personal computers, smartphones, and other technology products for decades. Apple is an iconic American company that many investors and funds have as a core holding in long-term portfolios. AAPL’s earnings record has been stellar as the company refined the art of underpromising and overdelivering each quarter. AAPL is in a class by itself, and we love the business and prospects, but that does not mean we will not short the shares when the trend dictates.
Beta measures a stock’s volatility compared with the overall stock market’s price variance. The entire market has a beta of 1, and stocks with a greater than 1 value are more volatile. A beta over 1 means that a stock tends to outperform the overall market on the upside and underperform on the downside.
The chart shows that AAPL’s 1.19 twenty-four-month beta makes it more volatile than the overall stock market. The 2022 stock market correction on the back of rising inflation, a higher dollar, increasing interest rates, and geopolitical turmoil have weighed on AAPL shares which were 27.5% lower than the January high at the recent low and trading not far above the May 20 bottom on June 10.
As of June 10, 2022, the trend in AAPL shares was lower. The APS was short AAPL shares, as the trend is always your best friend in all markets. APS holds highly-liquid and optionable stocks and ETF products. AAPL is a component as it meets the strategy’s requirements. At $137.13 per share, the leading U.S. technology company has been trending to the downside, making lower highs and lower lows.
Following trends via an algorithmic system requires strict adherence to rules. We do not attempt to pick bottoms or tops in any markets, and are typically short at bottoms and long at tops. Taking the most significant percentage out of trends requires removing emotional impulses from trading and investing. We ignore fundamentals, news, and all the daily noise. Our signals are never intraday, and they can only change at the end of a session. Our system does not get caught up in the daily frenetic trading activity. News and noise are at a frenzied level with the war in Ukraine, inflation raging, and pundits opining on the central bank’s next move. We ignore the noise. The APS is always long or short its components.
The price of any asset is always the correct price because it is the level where buyers and sellers meet in a transparent environment, the marketplace. Crowd behavior that determines trends can be the optimal market approach across all asset classes. As of June 10, the crowd’s wisdom points to a bearish trend in AAPL. The APS will issue a buy signal for the AAPL when the trend changes. We love AAPL and believe in the company’s future, but the trend is our only friend, and it continues to point to lower lows.
The Algo Portfolio System (APS) allows the markets to work for you instead of having you work for the markets. The portfolio uses only high-quality, highly liquid stocks and ETFs. It is always long or short, so it does not miss any significant price trends. We have found that the APS offers a 66%-win rate over time. Drawdowns are part of investing and trading. However, sticking with the program over the long term increases the odds of success. Sign up for today for a free trial!
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Disclosure: I/we have a beneficial short position in the shares of AAPL either through stock ownership, options, or other derivatives. I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.
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