AAPL Reality Sinks In Sub-$600 As Option-Overlays Lifted

Tyler Durden's picture

AAPL tested down to its 200DMA last night after-hours, only to get 'algo'd up to VWAP to maintain some credibility for all the analysts of the world who choose to ignore guidance (rightly or wrongly). Amid heavy volume this morning, now that options are open and put-overlays can be lifted (as we noted last night - and VIX futures are unavailable on IB) so early VWAP orders have given way to more broad-based selling pressure as AAPL's stock has broken back to a 5-handle for the first time since July.

AAPL's last 24 hours...


AAPL Put volatility is dropping fast - which just as we suggested last night prompts us to believe managers were long Puts to protect and are now unwinding the protection AND reducing equity exposure...


and VIX futures are having problems...


In english this looks like this:

  • Managers were grossly over-weight (in their books) AAPL
  • Wanted to reduce weight as AAPL's weight in index reached peak levels and fundamental cracks started to show
  • Last few weeks have seen VWAP sell orders dominating
  • BUT - the algos can only clear so much and given the huge breadth of holdings...
  • Managers bought Option overlays with both hands and feet (as we noted yesterday) to protect through earnings
  • And today - with options open, they are unwinding the protection (implied vol dropping even as stock price plunges) and reducing net long exposure in size (see volume)...

Bottom line - long-only managers will retain exposure (as index trackers) but clearly need to unwind some weight and anyone telling you this is all short-sellers is incorrect - the simple facts of VWAP fades and implied vol dropping suggests its long-exits as the cult of AAPL maybe coming to an end...

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idea_hamster's picture

B A A A A A A -- A A P L -- A U M G A R T N E R!

slaughterer's picture

Wish AAPL would get it together.  It is dragging down my AMZN and NFLX //lol.  

Conman's picture

I'm telling you Short AMZN long AAPL is the pair trade of the century. (just not today, haha)

redpill's picture

Hey, who took my hamburger?

The Count's picture

Wasn't there a news story just a couple weeks ago that Apple will going to pull the entire US economy out of the recession? When you hear stories like that (I remember 1999 when 25 year old brokers went on record saying that the markets could never go down again.) you know its time to get out. 


BLOTTO's picture

Every dog has its day...


Wait until MICROsoft makes a come back against its foe.



CPL's picture

Nope...MS did somethign really dumb. Windows 8. It is now synonmous as Vista on introduction.


Balmer is a piece of shit and his name is mud from this point forward.  He decided to be "trendy" and it will cost him one company.  His.

blunderdog's picture

But don't you think it was about time they got rid of the start menu?  

That was always a big complaint I heard from people: "Why do they have to put everything important that I use constantly in just ONE location?  Shouldn't it be hidden from view and nestled a few layers deep into the interface?"

The waiting is over.

alstry's picture

7 Billion People.....One Planet......Limited Resources....and we are all milking each other in a bankrupt world?

We better start thinking as time is running out as many are simply thinking about the next gadget?

It truly has become an http://www.udderworld.com where we are all milking each other for bankrupt promises and failed systems.

alstry's picture

Why do you think it's a ZERO HEDGE?

edifice's picture

Yes, every 80 years or so this happens. It's cyclic. A new system will replace the current one. Look to history, my friend.

spastic_colon's picture

O/T Tyler(s) - any insight or opinion on why the Fed just announced a 5 month delay in part 2 of their reserve requirement simplification process?

slaughterer's picture

Notice how they are slamming AAPL during Potter's lunch break.  

Yen Cross's picture

These CNBC pinhead weenies blaming FX for lower corporate profits make me laugh. If the excange rate ran the other way, they would be talking about how fantastic sales were. If a company like AAPL can't hire a decent FX trader(s) to hedge their flows, they deserve to go straight down the shitter!

slaughterer's picture

OT: Anyone know what company is supposed to take over NFLX as rumored today?

HaroldWang's picture

They're all piling into much safer stocks like AMZN - can't you see that?

Temporis's picture

The end is near!!! 12/21/12!!!

Hurricanes, Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and now AAPL.

The prophecy is true... DOOM!!!!!!!!! *Slashes wrists*

Mr Bluesman's picture

AAPL's big problem is that their new product is fashion over utility. Having just swapped to Android (Sony Xperia T), the only thing that is not an improvement is the physical feel of the product. The Battery,  operation, compatability and file handling procedure are far superior. It's also probably tougher than the Apple (gorilla glass and polycarbonate shell), and radically cheaper in the uK market.

AAPL will now start to find a more realistic value, and their brand will sink back to 'one of many' kind, rather than the obsessives' must have item.

tawse57's picture

Apple's big problem is that it appears a significant number of its hardcore fanboys and fangirls have to sell their 6 month old ipads in order to be able to buy the new one.


ParkAveFlasher's picture

Apple lost its vision, when it lost Steve Jobs.  It no longer sees things through the eyes of its target consumers.

seek's picture

AAPL's biggest problem is that it's selling into a global economy that's undergoing a fiat-fueled implosion of a magnitude never seen in the history of man.

monkeyshine's picture

That's not really a problem for AAPL since they sucked up a cash hoard of about $120 billion thanks to the fiat-fueled explosion.  The stock price may fall but the company can weather the storm better than nearly all others.

Bob's picture

On the upside, looks like AAPL is rolling out some competition for little Pandora (P) in the near future:


tawse57's picture

Good article Tyler.

I especially like the In english this looks like this: - you should do more of these in your articles for those of us who didn't go to school with Gordon Gekko.

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dirtbagger's picture

Where is Reggie's post when you need it?

rajc's picture

back to the green ... i must... do it..for the good ... of economy....

mdtrader's picture

White iPad minis are sold out already. The kids are going to love these things. The iPad mini could be huge for Apple as it bring tablets to the masses. Anybody still want a plastic Nexus or Kindle fire. I think not!

Sheriff Douchenik from AZ's picture

Sold out? Of how many? What exactly does sold out mean? Yes, I want to be the first to get a revolutionary smaller ipad with yesterdays screen and processor also. If it's in dorky white so people know it's Apple even better.

fuu's picture

Is there a way to get you to die in a fire algorithmically?

Sheriff Douchenik from AZ's picture

When your #1 credo is "fleece your customers, everyday, all day...and if that doesn't work sue someone"... gotta think it's gonna be hard to get to a trillion as the analysts are telling me.

nahshal's picture

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