Is The Market Losing Faith In AAPL's Leadership (Again)?

Tyler Durden's picture

It happened in September 2011, again in April 2012, and now its starting again. Despite the launch tomorrow of Apple's iPhone 5 (rumored to include the happy-ending-hand-extension), AAPL has notably underperformed in the last few days. Whether this is to do with the 20%-plus weighting in the NASDAQ-100 or whether, as we show below, the market's wise-men see AAPL's P/E ratio approaching that of the exuberant market and capping their attention, we do not know. What we do know is that each time, AAPL has notably underperformed the broad market for the next month (whether an up-market or down-market).

each time AAPL's P/E approaches the S&P 500's P/E, it seems to cap AAPL's hope-multiple...


Chart: Bloomberg

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Death and Gravity's picture

WTF is a happy-ending-hand-extension?

The hand equivalent of a fleshlight?

TruthInSunshine's picture

This can't be.

It won't continue.


AAPL will continue to soar higher, forever and ever, defying Newton.

After all, its iPhone franchise alone is worth more than the entire market cap of Microsoft, so it obviously has many multiples of forward P/E growth left.


Apple makes fine products and is a well run company (the only thing that's a real threat is Foxconn putting up a "Apple No Longer Made Here" sign- according to the AAPL perma4everbulls), but those who can't see obvious and irrational premiums when they appear deserve what they ultimately reap.

Now PCLN, CMG, CRM or LULU, on the other hand...


There's absolutely nothing irrational whatsoever about the current valuation of the Bernank'd (i.e. broken) markets, whether equities, bonds, or credit in general. Carry on.

falak pema's picture

you  guys should all go to Gitmo for badmouthing the successor to Exxon, GM and Microsoft in the US corpocracy meme.

Jeez, "My country rite or rong" means something! And long life to the US Silicon titted, oh pardon, valleyed, Entrepreneur! 

spastic_colon's picture

S&P rebalancing as well could explain some of the lack of fanaticism

Dr. Engali's picture

It's different this time.....

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

We're born into this world unique in every way, and then spend all our lives attempting to be just like everyone else.

Bullish for Apple.

<Disclosure: I own a crApple.........but iCanStopAtAnyTime......really.......honest.....>

Wakanda's picture

AA meeting:

My name is Wakanda and I own a crApple product.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Apple Anonymous (AA)

Too funny

Thought criminal's picture

Of course it is - the market will drop faster than a stone this time.

Temporalist's picture

According to everything I've read Aapl will sell gajillions of iDrones... 

Zero Govt's picture

the iClone, sorry iDrone, is the Android yes/no?

the dumped with no price tag desperate Google effort


slaughterer's picture

Since traders know the behaviour of AAPL during product refreshes, they are fronntrunnung the usual -1-to-2% sell-off in AAPL during iPhone refreshes to increase liquidity for the quick sell-the-news-buy-the-dip chart tomorrow.    

TruthInSunshine's picture



"Michael, soon Apple will be bigger than U.S. Steel."


-- Loosely paraphrasing Hyman Roth's (a character literally representing Meyer Lansky) statement to Michael Corleone in The Godfather.


Sears Roebuck

Hewlett Packard

General Motors


U.S. Steel


Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"There's no such thing as a triple top"..............said the Wall Street spider to the retail investor fly.


<Double double your double down bro. It's all good.>

Jay Gould Esq.'s picture

"No muppet army has ever defeated Wall Street's heavy cavalry. You are outmatched !"


dark pools of soros's picture

to the rescue!  this bitch!  Lead the muppets Joan of App!!


since it is an iPhone app, I am guessing it defaults to a constant bid suggestion for AAPL?


otto skorzeny's picture

I can't decide who are the bigger cultists- crAAPL product purchasers or Mormons

spastic_colon's picture

until now I actually thought most ZH posters were educated (with the exception of AAPL drones)

koaj's picture

im hoping the goophone wins its lawsuit against Apple...evil bastards


S3 > iAnything

Temporalist's picture

Apple is trying to sue Isaac Newton for stealing their idea for a logo.

ParkAveFlasher's picture

Newtown should countersue, Apple has defied gravity for how long now?

hannah's picture

f = g*(m1+m2)/r2

m1 = fool

m2 = fool's money

r = distance to apple store


Wakanda's picture

Are a fool (m1) and his/her money (m2) measured in the same units?

hannah's picture

yes...the mass of an ounce of gold...!

Wakanda's picture

Therefor they are easily separated!

hannah's picture

"A foole & his money,
be soone at debate:
which after with sorow,
repents him to late."

Oh regional Indian's picture

No No Temporalist, they are trying to sue the writers of the Old Testament.

Very biblical, AAPL is king in the Big Apple...


Xibalba's picture

With all the slave labor fiasco's at Foxconn, how appropos is it that this company would be the bright shining beacon of the USA? 

css1971's picture

Up up and awaaaaaaayyyy!!

There's no reason in the world this chart can't continue to go vertical with an increasing gradient.

dark pools of soros's picture

yup - all the way to yellow..  the future is as bright as the sun!!!

redd_green's picture

AAPLs leadership died.  What are left are the cvronies.

Wakanda's picture

Steve's last bit of Reality Distortion Field will be released tomorrow.  It's mostly downhill from here.

Squid Vicious's picture

nonsense AAPL is clearly undervalued, where is that orange jumpsuit avatar guy to explain to us dimwits again..."iamamanireallyam" or something like that

HaroldWang's picture

They're just rotating into safer tech stocks like AMZN with p/e's in the 300's.

Haager's picture

AAPL - now, how many iPhone5 will be sold due to a new QE round? AAPL Should go through the roof, in absolute distortion of reality...


Colonel Klink's picture

Last I checked, apples rot too once they're too mature.

iHad to say it.

RobinHood73's picture


Bread and Circuses" (or bread and games) (from Latin: panem et circenses) is a metaphor for a superficial means of appeasement. In the case of politics, the phrase is used to describe the creation of public approval, not through exemplary or excellent public service or public policy, but through diversion, distraction, and/or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, shallow requirements of a populace.[1] as an offered "palliative.

Apple is the synthetic "palliative" offered by our glorious Federal Reserve and Banking system that makes everything ok. We are all going to be alright cause APPLE IPHONE 5 is gonna sell like over a billion MADE-IN-CHINA phones!!!

Zero Govt's picture

yes of course, and Goofballs stuff is made in America of course

Oh no they're not, and it gets worse as Goofball even give away free Android to their Asian makers 

chrispycrunch's picture

Apple's gonna call the next phone iPhone 4SII (inspired by Samsung)?.

JohnKozac's picture

I refuse to buy more "stuff."


Plus, my 4 year old does not need her own iPad !  She can use one of the four iPads her 9 year old brother carried on his belt.

juwes's picture

Crocs had a fad and went really high and crashed.

Netflix got popular, went high, and crashed.


Krispy Kreme dough fucking nuts went really high and crashed.

So did Starbucks.

Is there any question in anyone's mind what will happen to AAPL?  Aren't we all just waiting for the crash to verify gravity.... Again?

What the fuck are we doing?

frenzic's picture

I am going to say it's a little ploy to get that shareprice up faster and higher percentage wise during launch than otherwise would have been the case ceteris paribus. (It also takes a little edge off the downside risk if the launch is less well received than stellar). That way it seems "the market" really has faith in the new product by looking at the charts and all "analysts" are going to crow that so your average Joe will think that it's another hit and he HAS to be part of it. I am not putting any fiat on it though, the party can't last much longer. The vertical will hold until it doesn't. A new joo will rise. He is being groomed as we speak.

edit I fucked up that Latin phrase by not using the correct inflection. I suck. Also added by looking at the charts.

chump666's picture

Great chart ZH, that and the Nasdaq and S&P look heavy as hell.