Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Facebook Update and Notes on Apple

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Upon its initial IPO on May 18, we provided a technical assessment as to the bearish nature in which the market frowned on Facebook. After opening at $42 and trading as high as $45, we provided a short-term downside price target of $31.00 per share.

On May 22, we reported that indeed Facebook had said hello to $31.00 per share. On June 6, Facebook set a tradable low at $25.52 and has been rallying ever since. With two months of data now behind it, we thought it reasonable to present a brief update.


Rising impulsively in 12-sessions from its $25.52 low on June 6 to a print high of $33.45 on June 22, a 31% gain, Facebook is showing some signs of life. As evidenced by its initial fall from grace as the broad markets were in the midst of a correction, timing indeed is everything.

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Assuming that Facebook is likely to rise and fall in general tandem with the broader markets, we have tentatively given a minor degree -1/a- label to the $25.52 pivot low. Similarly, we have tagged the $33.45 high as an –a- wave at minute degree, which suggests a down/up sequence may lie ahead over the near term.

If this observation proves correct, we suspect that Facebook has more downside ahead in order to consolidate its recent 31% gains. The stock closed today’s session spot on the dashed rising speedline of support traversing upward across the whole of the chart. A decisive breach of this trendline will likely take Facebook down into our downside target window, which opens at $29.84 on the high end, and closes at $28.00 at the low end.

Actionable considerations going forward:

  • If upon a further pullback Facebook sustains trade and closes beneath 28.55, odds will rise for a retest or breach of the 25.52 pivot low.
  • In contrast, upon continuation or resumption of the short-term uptrend, sustained trade and closes above 37.56 will raise odds for a retest or besting of the 45.00-dollar opening day high.
  • July 25 and August 23 mark two dates (+/- one day) upon which Facebook is likely to render pivotal highs or lows. As price action draws nearer to each of these prospective turn-dates, one will garnish greater clarity as to whether each date is likely to mark a high or a low.


Notes on Apple:

Before we share our current notes on trade in Apple, we first wish to share a bullish trade trigger that elected from a breakout above 573, which went on to return over 8% in less than two months.

7-10-2012  APPLE  Short-Term Origin of Trade Trigger May -23 -

In the above chart rendered within the May 23 Chart-Cast Pilot, shortly following the 528.66 pivot low, we have highlighted in yellow, the pending 46-pt. buy trigger arrowed in advance of its election. As an aside, the chart from May also boasts a 16-pt. downside price captured at 540, and profits of 3.44% booked upon reversing long at 566.78 via a non-discretionary short-term trading strategy, which had been short from 587 on April 30.

That was then – This is now:

BAM!- Today, upon Apple briefly trading north of 619 before dropping more than $8 dollars a share, we highlight the capture of the 46-pt. trigger we had cited back in May. As an aside, our non-discretionary trading strategy maintains a profitable long position taken from 580.39 on June 29.

Actionable considerations going forward:

  • Against the prevailing pivot high of 619.87, a breach beneath the rising red trendline trajectory cites prospects for a $14 dollar decline in share value.
  • In contrast, so long as the pivot low at 601.58 holds, a breakout above the rising green trendline cites prospects for a $14 dollar advance in share value.

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