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

Tyler Durden's picture

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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slaughterer's picture

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.  

idea_hamster's picture

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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?

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

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.

slaughterer's picture

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.  

Precious's picture

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.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Anyone see the new Droid ads running on the TBS baseball playoffs?  Good stuff.  Apple nerds should fear deflation on many fronts.

nope-1004's picture



BTW, compared my S3 with my buddies' i4.  No comparison technically - S3 walks on it.  Apple facing serious competition.


Element's picture

oh iGod, make this AAPL shit stop.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

"Is this the line for apps?"

Samsung FTMFW

Common_Cents22's picture

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.  

onebir's picture

Aren't three rising volume dips enough for distribution to muppets?

mr_T's picture

The iSlaves are revolting today at Foxcomm.

Workers want more suicides nets / worker.

vast-dom's picture

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.

Comay Mierda's picture

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

Stoploss's picture

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.

bank guy in Brussels's picture


- Tyler Durden, in a past posting

GittyUP's picture


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. 

Uber Vandal's picture

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.....



davidsmith's picture

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.

davidsmith's picture

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?



Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Pretty dangerous calling an AAPL short, Tyler.

shuckster's picture

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

Lost Wages's picture

Everyone is probably selling their Apple stock to buy Huawei and ZTE.

slaughterer's picture

... or NFLX.  (With SJ rolling around in his grave). 

Dr. Engali's picture

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.

slaughterer's picture

The 1999/2000 MSFT chart should be studied relentlessly by all AAPL traders.  

HD's picture

Study? Lemmings are not known for their analytical skills. They just run with the crowd until all is lost.

redpill's picture

Watch out for that last step, it's a doozy!

flapdoodle's picture

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...

shuckster's picture

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?

shuckster's picture

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?

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

All good iThings must come to an end.

<iExit stage right.>

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Deflation is coming any minute guys....

....any minute....

[checks watch]


[puts hands in pockets, looks up, whistles]

slaughterer's picture

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.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture


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.

Element's picture

impulses of deflation? ... out with it ... you really mean abrupt fartiness.

MillionDollarBogus_'s picture

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.

slaughterer's picture

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.  

HD's picture

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.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

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.

HD's picture

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.

ZackAttack's picture

When it gets added to the Dow, that's the day you short it. Kiss of death for a tech company.  

Grand Supercycle's picture

As mentioned previously, overextended AAPL weekly & monthly parabolic charts are at EXTREME levels.

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


HaroldWang's picture

Even stranger is money rotating out of AAPL and into much "safer" stocks like AMZN 325 p/e and NFLX. /sarc