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  • AAPL shares have retreated as retail and meme stocks take the headlines.  
  • Apple heads back to a strong support zone around the 200-day moving average
  • AAPL struggling for momentum post stellar results.

AAPL shares have really not been right since reporting strong earnings on April 28 despite the stock making renewed efforts at a rally. However, this move has stalled late last week as AMC and other meme names returned to grad traders attention leaving  Apple to slip  quietly back toward $125. The sideways, directionless trend looks to continue.  Those results back in late April really were knock out but the stock failed to react accordingly.    Earnings per share were reported at $1.40 versus the average analyst  forecast  of $0.99, a 40%  beat.  AAPL shares were trading at $131 at the time of  earnings and popped up to $137 before gradually sliding back to $122. This was a strong support zone as evidenced in the  chart  with a large period of consolidation back in March and April. The 200-day moving average also played its part in halting the AAPL slide. Apple shares have made a new series of lower lows and higher highs signifying a new uptrend. Friday’s price action was a little disappointing as AAPL slipped out of the nascent uptrend and put it into question. As we have demonstrated previously, levels sub $125 so represent a strong support region.  

AAPL stock forecast

The directionless or range trade seems to be the way of things presently with any gains being short-lived and Apple once again retracing to its support region. There is nothing really tasty to get trading teeth into until Apple has a good look at the 200-day moving average. Currently, this sits at $124.12 so not too far away from current price levels and provides an opportunity to try and instigate a long position. Risk management is always up to a  trader’s own discretion but a break just below the 200-day moving average would need to be watched closely as it would signal a technically long-term bearish move assuming it was sustained. So careful risk management as always, please. This 200-day moving average is also a strong region of consolidation from back in March and April so any attempt to break lower will likely take time if it succeeds at all. The momentum oscillators are all in neutral territory while the Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) is looking to make a bearish crossover. The 200-day moving average will give a nice test of just how weak the current sentiment is. Breaking below the 9 and 21-day moving average shows the short-term trend has turned bearish but the 200-day level is a more significant barometer for longer term views and should see longer-term players enter the market and buy the stock. If not Apple will look to $116.21. Apple has not traded below its 200-day mnoving average since March 2020.  

Support   124.12 200-day 122.25 116.21  
Resistance   127.87 pivot short term 131.45 135.51 137.07