Apple Falls From The Tree Before Earnings, Watch These Levels
Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) is declining lower this morning with the major stock indexes. APPL stock is trading lower by $3.70 to $423.70 a share. The popular tech stock will usually hold up well and often rally into earnings. Short term traders can watch for intra-day support around the $422.00, and $419.00 levels should the stock trade down there.
Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT) is one of the few tech stocks that are pulling back this morning. The stock is scheduled to report earnings tomorrow after the closing bell. It is important to note that MSFT stock has surged higher since November 25, 2011 when the stock was trading as low as $24.30 a share. Today, MSFT stock is trading lower by 0.10 cents to $28.15 a share.
The major indexes spent the entire session today in negative territory and saw the selling pick up during the last hour of trading.
Like in yesterday's session the Nasdaq Composite performed the worst finishing down 2.6% along with Semiconductor stocks down 3.4%.
The DJIA and SP 500 did not perform much better down 2.2% and 2.5%, respectively.
Friday, September 23, 2011 Stock Market Performance
•After yesterday's brutal sell-off stocks rose with the indices gaining at least 0.4% today palpable to the prior session's losses.
•The broader SP 500 $SPX $SPY support level moved up slightly from 1,128 to 1,130 while resistance remains the same at 1,150.
•The support/resistance levels for the Nasdaq Composite $COMPX $QQQ moved higher from 2,381 to 2,470 and from 2,468 to 2,483.
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 Stock Market Performance
•Stock sold off hard with major indexes down at least 2% each.
•SP 500 $SPX $SPY support/resistance moved down from 1,199 to 1,165 and 1,204 to 1,173.
•Nasdaq Composite $COMPX $QQQ support moved lower from 2,580 to 2,531 (21 day moving average)-resistance moved lower from 2,598 to 2,549.
•SP 500 is once again below its moving averages (21, 50, 200).
Tuesday, September 20, 2011 Stock Market Performance
•Major indexes were up at least 1.1% each but reversed course and gave up their gains finishing in a range up 0.1% to down 0.9%.
•SP 500 $SPX $SPY support/resistance moved down from 1,204 to 1,199 and 1,217 to 1,204.
•Nasdaq Composite $COMPX $QQQ support moved lower from 2,602 to 2,580 and resistance moved lower from 2,616 to 2,598.
ETFs To Play/Avoid On The Shocking Steve Jobs News
It has been and will be said hundreds, if not thousands, of times in the coming days that Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) has lost a legend with the departure of Steve Jobs as CEO. Perhaps no company in the history of corporate America has been so intimately linked to the aura and persona of its CEO as Apple has been to Jobs.
The past month we have seen stocks pick up momentum to the down side after an already very weak month prior (May – Sell in May and go away). This second wave of high volume selling in June was enough to spook the masses out of the market shifting the sentiment from bullish to bearish.