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Why It's Different This Time With AAPL's iCorrection

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We have seen bigger drops in AAPL's share price and each time that dip has been bought. Critically though, not just nibbled on but backed-up-the-truck volume surges as AAPL's price fell as what seemed like institutional buyers using any dip to grab some high-beta meth into this trend. The current almost-10% drop is missing this volume surge - where are the BTFD'ers? But, but, but what about iTV, the mini-iPad, and the pending vendor-financing corporate spin-off?

Volume (2nd pane from top) is not ramping like it has in the past on 'decent' sized sell-offs in AAPL...


and interestingly we have typically (though not always) seen a spike in average trade size as AAPL's dip was bought institutionally - this time the spike occurred on 9/21 - the day of the top...

and also of note is the level (red dotted line) of the last major ramp in volume and average trade size (in early August) is close to where we are trading now - suggesting plenty of action as the auction was heavy here.


Is it different this time? With AAPL a mere $1.50 away from its $634.56 10% correction from the highs, we wonder if that or the 100DMA 200DMA $619.75 will be the next support?


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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:28 | 2868511 idea_hamster
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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:33 | 2868518 slaughterer
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Tyler, $619.75 is 100DMA--200DMA is much, much lower.   My advice is: wait until the 100DMA, or RSI (14) is at 30.  This latest stretch is a pretty ugly drop below a hideous H&S on the 6 Week.  For those who say AAPL does not tradfe technically, you are wrong.  It is one of the most technical stocks of the QQQ.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:36 | 2868535 idea_hamster
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I recall a time when high volume validated a move, and it was the low-volume corrections that were considered unreliable -- I guess all those days of sense and sensibility are behind us.

I suppose I should welcome my new hedge-fund-hotel-resident iHFT overlords.

I wonder whether anyone runs HFT on Mac Xserve?

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2868550 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Deflation < C + PRNT

Look for the Central Banks to btfd.  Beats the shit outta owning USTs and MBS which will just swell their liabilities.  This considering most of the gold has been loaned out by now.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:42 | 2868570 slaughterer
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AAPL is due for a bounce, and maybe even before the 100DMA.   The hedgies have to keep the AAPL illusion alive to sell their shares to retail--at the rate of HF ownership and volume, it will take till Christmas to compelte the switcheroo.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:48 | 2868590 Oh regional Indian
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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:53 | 2868597 Precious
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Think it's falling now?  Wait until the appeals court throws out the Apple Samsung verdict.  It will mean a lot more than a $1B jury verdict gone.

It will mean Apollo Creed gets an ass kicking by Samsung / Google phones for the next 12 rounds.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:54 | 2868607 ParkAveFlasher
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Anyone see the new Droid ads running on the TBS baseball playoffs?  Good stuff.  Apple nerds should fear deflation on many fronts.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:10 | 2868655 nope-1004
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BTW, compared my S3 with my buddies' i4.  No comparison technically - S3 walks on it.  Apple facing serious competition.


Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:17 | 2868694 Element
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oh iGod, make this AAPL shit stop.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:41 | 2868780 ParkAveFlasher
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"Is this the line for apps?"

Samsung FTMFW

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 20:35 | 2869534 Common_Cents22
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The apple cult continues!  They make the iphone 5, what, a half inch diag bigger and ooooooh it can take panoramic photos!    Stuff the galaxy S phones have done for years.   

Just wait until the Galaxy note 2 comes out.   Apple replies by making an ipad mini.   Who wants to carry TWO devices?  a phone AND a tablet when you can have them both in one with the galaxy note/note 2.

Ive had an iphone and it was fine.  but once you venture out of the cult and try a galaxy s2 or s3, you won't be back.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 18:51 | 2869334 Jay Gould Esq.
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Well done, ORI.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 16:31 | 2869061 onebir
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Aren't three rising volume dips enough for distribution to muppets?

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:14 | 2868687 mr_T
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The iSlaves are revolting today at Foxcomm.

Workers want more suicides nets / worker.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:45 | 2868560 vast-dom
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in hopium-land what is tecnhical one day is merely lifted the next day on unicorn tear condensation steam. a chart is valid until there's some central bank magic. just be careful. and SHORT THE PLANET.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:55 | 2868609 Comay Mierda
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For those who say AAPL does not trade technically, you are wrong.

yep. and the 100 dma failure great entry for short with 200 dma as target.  bottom feeders will be fighting bears for a little while though

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:38 | 2868553 Stoploss
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It would appear investors see Sammy standing behind apple with a very large baseball bat, cocking back getting ready to swing.

Unfortunately for apple, the impact is once again coming from the direction they are not looking in...


Investors may want to don 2mm thk plastic suits, as there may be bone flying with this one.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:28 | 2868512 bank guy in Brussels
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- Tyler Durden, in a past posting

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:31 | 2868517 GittyUP
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Why dont you use the same logic on equity index declines?  When volume is high on sell offs and low on ramp ups that tells me there are more buyers then sellers.    The same logic you just implied with Apple. 

Id love to see a low volume decline on the ES then I know SHTF. 

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2868519 Uber Vandal
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Maybe the icorrection has to do with the upcoming Supreme Court case in which it would be illegal to resell your used icrap, or pretty much anything else that was not made in the USA.



Tucked into the U.S. Supreme Court’s agenda this fall is a little-known case that could upend your ability to resell everything from your grandmother’s antique furniture to your iPhone 4.

At issue in Kirtsaeng v. John Wiley & Sons is the first-sale doctrine in copyright law, which allows you to buy and then sell things like electronics, books, artwork and furniture, as well as CDs and DVDs, without getting permission from the copyright holder of those products.....



Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:35 | 2868539 davidsmith
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Mmmmm.  I'm skeptical.  The SC does not like decisions which are difficult to enforce.  I think they would consider getting rid of first-sale, an unenforceable decision.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2868520 davidsmith
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Uncle Sam to the rescue!!  Don't you see what is happening.  Apple is becoming the new GE.  I don't think ZH understands the fascist-corporatist protocol.  A company is successful?  Thank you, now you get to be cannibalized by the Government.


The Government will simply turn Apple into a home mortgage financer.  That is to say, it will become a branch of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, which is run from a very small cubicle somewhere in the basement of Goldman Sachs.


See?  Wasn't that easy?



Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:31 | 2868523 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Pretty dangerous calling an AAPL short, Tyler.

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 14:20 | 2871861 shuckster
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I'm one of the many bears who has been shot, stuffed and mounted in the living room over the last 3 years, but I think this is the real deal. Propping up this market is getting quite expensive for the Fed

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:33 | 2868532 Lost Wages
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Everyone is probably selling their Apple stock to buy Huawei and ZTE.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:44 | 2868577 slaughterer
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... or NFLX.  (With SJ rolling around in his grave). 

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:34 | 2868536 Dr. Engali
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Apple is making it's Microsoft transition. A large used to be innovative company that generates a lot of cash. It will find it's equilibrium and trade like Mr. Softy.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:36 | 2868544 slaughterer
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The 1999/2000 MSFT chart should be studied relentlessly by all AAPL traders.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:39 | 2868562 HD
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Study? Lemmings are not known for their analytical skills. They just run with the crowd until all is lost.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:43 | 2868575 redpill
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Watch out for that last step, it's a doozy!

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:45 | 2868582 slaughterer
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<sinister chuckle>

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:26 | 2868755 flapdoodle
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It sure seems like they've made the sea change from technological innovation to "innovative" lawsuits against Samsung and "innovative" use of decidedly inferior Apple Maps in order to not have to give Google credit for theirs...

If you can't invent, spend your warchest on lawyers and DRM. Sounds about half way to Microsoft already...

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 14:22 | 2871865 shuckster
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Note that MSFT hit it's $60/share, half a trillion $ mark, then fell never to return. What would that put Apple at? $200 a share for the rest of eternity?

Tue, 10/09/2012 - 14:24 | 2871876 shuckster
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Note that MSFT hit it's $60/share, half a trillion $ mark, then fell never to return. What would that put Apple at? $200 a share for the rest of eternity?

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:35 | 2868540 dracos_ghost
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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:52 | 2868600 Oh regional Indian
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Hah.... great minds... LINK TO MY COMMENT




Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:35 | 2868541 Cognitive Dissonance
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All good iThings must come to an end.

<iExit stage right.>

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:39 | 2868558 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Deflation is coming any minute guys....

....any minute....

[checks watch]


[puts hands in pockets, looks up, whistles]

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:49 | 2868592 slaughterer
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Mr. L-H, the irony of it all is that 90% of professional portfolio managers are only hedging DEflation risks.   They could give a shit about INflation.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:03 | 2868643 Cognitive Dissonance
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While I don't expect Deflation to linger I do expect Deflationary impulses to strike now and then. They will often come disguised as market "corrections" or even "crashes".

That is until everything decouples with everything else and the "everyone fends for themselves" final stage begins.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:21 | 2868705 Element
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impulses of deflation? ... out with it ... you really mean abrupt fartiness.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2868545 MillionDollarBogus_
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Are you recommending AAPL as a buy..??

I thought you and Reggie M. were shorting it...???

Seeing 'AAPL' and 'buy' in the same thread is unusual here at ZH.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:51 | 2868594 slaughterer
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I shorted AAPL from 703.80 to 671.00.  It was enough.  I have not taken any positions since then.  I like to keep shorts somewhat ... er ... short in time ... in the Bernanker market.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2868548 HD
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Retail and Muppets (including Big Bird) have left the building. That leaves the new dumb money hedge funds who can't sell or chase until "something" happens.

Betting on a 5% surge up vs a 20% crash down depends on how much faith you have in politicians and central bankers.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:45 | 2868584 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Yet you forget the most important part of the equation:  the Corporations.

The corporations are running the Banks, the politicians.  So now that retail is out, what will they do?  You have cashed out your 401k to pay your mortgage for the next 4 years and you are living off of your pension to eat and buy gas.  You have no stake in the game anymore.

So what happens when it all unravels?  Who will be left after the Controlled Demolition of the economy?


That is the Plan, anyway.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:07 | 2868654 HD
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So many of those corporations are foregoing capex and buying back stock and paying out dividends just to keep the investors they have. Corporations only have power as long as everyone stays on the endless debt wheel and continues to buy their crap - all of which is slowing imploding as we speak.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2868551 ZackAttack
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When it gets added to the Dow, that's the day you short it. Kiss of death for a tech company.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:38 | 2868555 Grand Supercycle
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As mentioned previously, overextended AAPL weekly & monthly parabolic charts are at EXTREME levels.

This will end in tears and longs will be badly burnt.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:46 | 2868586 HaroldWang
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Even stranger is money rotating out of AAPL and into much "safer" stocks like AMZN 325 p/e and NFLX. /sarc

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2868602 slaughterer
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The recent promotion of NFLX to "value stock" by C/MS has to be the most sinister joke of 2012.   Nevertheless, even if you have to hold your nose when buying it, NFLX is a nice money machine right now--soon to be over.  Those expecting $80 on NFLX in short order will be cruelly disappointed by the end of the week.  A few analysts will come out opposed to the C/MS bull thesis soon enough.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:55 | 2868612 shuckster
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AAPL is in a good position to short. They've had a runnup that is typical of big tech companies. They will come down, and at this point, the risk of them rising higher is much lower than the risk of them falling

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2868618 Piranhanoia
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The recidivist gambler always get what it wants.  It isn't after something of value to hold or it would.

It's all about the roller coaster ride,  isn't it boys and girls? 

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:58 | 2868623 slaughterer
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I would not short AAPL within the event horizon of an 'iPad mini" announcement.  But at least the China Mobile partnership is on ice right now.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 13:59 | 2868628 Henry Chinaski
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miniPad is a saturated market

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:01 | 2868636 slaughterer
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"Saturated market" yes, but the announcement will spike AAPL on a squeeze.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 18:10 | 2869249 Henry Chinaski
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humor fail. minipads. saturated. sheesh.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:09 | 2868662 ItsDanger
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Should be happy, competition drives prices down.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:11 | 2868669 First There Is ...
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One REALLY NASTY iGap still beckons from about 432.....

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:15 | 2868690 I am a Man I am...
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it was an iBubble back in february at $535, you can lose a lot of money on ZH's apple predictions

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:39 | 2868774 Tyler Durden
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Where was it said to short said bubble? It was a bubble, it still is a bubble (just as we said Netflix was a bubble in March 2011 when it was $250). And that's the problem: bubbles do not trade on fundamentals, they trade on human irrationality, momentum chasing and euphoria. Those who wish to time inflection points in any of these above 3 unquantifiables are welcome to do  so on their own.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:59 | 2868846 All Rise
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Since when are stocks in at bubble at 14 times earnings? Considerable lower if you ex out cash on the balance sheet? If Apple was trading on 30 or 50 times earnings or more like some tech stocks then fair enough, but it isn't, and it still has a growth rate far higher than its PE. It's market leader in its field and they normally trade at premium to market. There's not even a case for saying Apple is expensive, let alone a bubble. The only way you can argue that Apple is a bubble is if you think the iPhone is finished, and there's no evidence of that yet.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:07 | 2868873 Tyler Durden
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Earnings in fads (even those with quote unquote ecosystems) can and will change on a dime. RIMM (and Motorola, and Palm, and other notable gadget makers du jour) was once cheap at $100. Then earnings imploded. Now nobody talks what its multiple in 2005 was, when it too was "cheap." Finally, by the time there is evidence that the iPhone is finished, it will be too late to sell.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:15 | 2868890 All Rise
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So basically you think the iPhone is finished then. Let's see if you are right bubble picker!

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 22:19 | 2869709 Ying-Yang
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Damn I love the Fight Club....

Least we forget, manufacturers are going to dump a shitload of MS desktops, tablets and phones for Win8/Metro and a ton of infrastructure is going to upgrade from XP. Most small to large businesses I know are Win based and have been waiting for something better than Vista(crap) and Win7.

Watch MS metro/win8 tablet market share over the next 2 years. Add in Amazon's program for Android Kindles and Google's push, you will see tons of profit compression at Apple. Can you say applesauce?

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:18 | 2868911 Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Wait Tyler, so you only make right calls when you make right calls? 

Damn ZH is comdey hour when the bears are out!

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:19 | 2868913 I am a Man I am...
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RIMM's management was beyond awful and the blackberry was a one trick pony.  Please don't even throw Palm out there as an example, or the hand radio (rolls eyes) company.  Apple won't go on forever, I think everyone knows that, but you have proven time and time again, not to be the appropriate one to make the call.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:21 | 2868919 Tyler Durden
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The only call made is that the stock is a bubble. Whether you take emotional offense to that is of course your right, just as it is your right to keep buying it for as long as you desire.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:36 | 2868958 I am a Man I am...
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Tyler, I don't take emotional offense, I think you make a weak analytical case that lacks reason and logic.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 21:39 | 2869605 earleflorida
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iAye, thy iApple of mind mine's... meme!?, always forbidding// competition... shackling and crippling creativity and the progress of man... whence, shan't never come too  pass!     

please be my guess :-))

"To Me, Fair Friend, You Never Can Be Old" __ Sonnet 104?

thankyou tyler


Mon, 10/08/2012 - 16:43 | 2869087 Ned Zeppelin
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I think the bubble starts to deflate with Apple TV I think it will prove to be a dud of a product. It will be horredously expenseive, priced to perfection, feature a glitchy version of Siri no doubt, and so on, and all for a device that folks are used to paying not very much for. Samsung is already ahead with its smart tvs that do all you need them to do right now. 

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 22:29 | 2869736 Ying-Yang
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Ned you may be right and the Smart TV competition will be fierce. I like GTV which is really sweet. Samsung and others are ramping up the nextgen stuff. Even old MS will have kickass Xbox to Win8/Metro functionality.

Applesauce coming just sayin'

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 17:00 | 2869119 css1971
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You haven't seen the competition to the iPhone 5. Really?

What an interesting sociological specimen you make.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:13 | 2868896 I am a Man I am...
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Tyler, please please please explain how Apple is not trading on fundamentals!  How much cash and growth do they need to have in order to earn a trailing 15 and forward 12 PE ratio?  Please define bubble for all of us.  Why don't you tell us what the correct price is for Apple on fundamentals, and then why don't you put yourself out there and make an investment/short/trading call so we can track just how good you are.

Compare Apple to T, VZ, NFLX, GOOG, EQIX, AMZN and Apple is cheaper than all of them.  It has the same trailing PE as Microsoft!




Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:15 | 2868902 Tyler Durden
Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:16 | 2868906 All Rise
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He's trying to pick bubbles. Let him be.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 16:54 | 2869105 css1971
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a temporary fashion, notion, manner of conduct, etc., especially one followed enthusiastically by a group.

I liked the following from

1825–35; noun use of dial. fad to look after things, busy oneself with trifles, back formation from obsolete faddle to play with, fondle. See fiddle

When I was a kid it was roller skates and platforms... I'm sure the roller skate manufacturers extrapolated their exponential demand charts to infinity and exclaimed that soon everyone in the world would skate. There would be no more walking. A new future has arrived... etc etc. I think I remember something like that recently about a scooter of some sort as well.

And then it was kids who went through fads. Now it's supposedly grown adults.

p.s. How old are you?

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:21 | 2868704 css1971
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It's because of the new Nokia Lumia 920.


Apple could take the spare hundreds of billions they don't know what to do with, buy Nokia, rebrand the 920 as the iPhone 7, forget about the iPhone 5 debacle and get decent maps as well as a better operating system and Apple users will get a high quality state of the art phone instead of a second rate copy of the previous generation of iPhone. Everyone wins.


(talking my book)

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:38 | 2868767 JustPrintMoreDuh
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Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:56 | 2868836 earleflorida
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Samsungi buddha say;

iAppleQe... the new refurbished reseller of- 'Dr. iOz Applejuiced rewrapped/repackaged yesterday's today iFad... will be burn'd by yellow rice`wine-sake!

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 14:57 | 2868840 Tombstone
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Could the top be in?  I am probably one of the last few peasants on the planet that has never purchased an Apple anything.  Sorry, but in my view, Jobs was a crook, not unlike the banksters and Congress.  His stock option manipulation rates a big ZERO in my book.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:03 | 2868851 ThisIsBob
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Options made valuable by the strategic deployment of slave-like labor.

Its the stuff of which heroes are made.

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:07 | 2868876 Conman
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btfd its 3PM !

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:35 | 2868954 slaughterer
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ha ha, but we are not rallying too strongly into the close.  

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:36 | 2868956 Grill Boss
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as the public continues to understand the above link, the demise of apple approaches

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 23:33 | 2869839 Bear
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iBetter ditch the iPhone

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 15:56 | 2868996 Racer
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iTV, hmmm is that real? I dunno cos I am not an AAPL believer, but if it is, the British tv channel ITV, might have something to say

Mon, 10/08/2012 - 19:46 | 2869453 ZFiNX
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Looks like AAPL's sliding down the side of the right (from my perspective) ear of a classic head and shoulders top. If I had more money I'd buy a bunch of Jan 14 puts. Maybe Jan 15 if I want to avoid any shenannigans.

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