As most of our long time followers know, at Dorsey Wright we are interested in keeping our analysis as simple as possible when making investment decisions. When it comes down to it, we believe it’s the supply & demand of the market which actually moves asset prices. Our systematic approach to relative strength based investing allows us to remove human emotion from the investment process and apply a robust investment philosophy to the markets. We believe this approach allows us to eliminate the day to day market “noise.” .
Yesterday, tech giant AAPL reported earnings after the close. This created a buzz among financial news media as AAPL is often looked at as one of the most important leadership stocks in the NASDAQ. We thought it would be interesting to take a look at the technical set up of the traditional point and figure chart too see if the current supply & demand of the market can give us any insight in how the stock will react to the recent earnings headlines.
AAPL: Point & Figure Chart
A quick glance at the point and figure chart below and we can see just how important the $104.00 level is in terms of supply and demand. This is now a quadruple top area in which the bulls have been unable to take out on previous attempts. Note also the previous double bottom sell signal which occurred on 10/15 and had a measured move price target of $88.00. This is now looking more like a “bear trap”, but in order for the signal to be negated AAPL will need to trade above $104.00 to confirm the quadruple top break out mentioned earlier. As we’ve stated in previous blog posts, with false moves also come fast moves. Furthermore, the more often a level is tested and rejected (such as the quadruple top), the more energy this market is building should it eventually break out. Time will tell if the bulls will be able to obtain this in the near future, but it is certainly worth keeping an eye on. A confirmed break out may be a sign that relative strength readings for AAPL are set to increase in the near term.
Dorsey Wright currently has a position in AAPL.
In the above post, we’ve provided a good example of how analyzing traditional point & figure charts in terms of supply & demand is a simple way of eliminating much of the market “noise” on earnings report days for major market moving stocks such as AAPL. In essence, supply & demand are in equilibrium right now just below the $104.00 level for the stock of AAPL. Thus far, the market has been unable to generate enough momentum to take out the overhead supply and force the next leg up. However, it’s worth keeping an eye on and should the break out be confirmed it may be a sign the relative strength readings for AAPL are set to increase against its peers.
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