Apple Flashes A Buy Signal And Is On Track To Move Higher

11 days ago I published a special report on Apple which you can read here. In that report, I stated that a low period should occur either on Friday or today. The fact that a buy signal triggered for Apple today indicates that the low period has passed and we should see Apple move in a positive mode for the next 23 to 28 days. Apple is expected to announce earnings of $2.13 (consensus) after the close of business on the 27th; that's approximately 14 days from now. Let's go with the flow and see if this pattern works out.

The news out of China was disappointing for some China bulls, but the reality is China is still going to have a 7% growth rate which is very positive in any country. Asian and European stocks continue to move upward with Europe just beginning to begin a quantitative easing program whereas the United States is hopefully winding down its quantitative easing program. Continue reading "Apple Flashes A Buy Signal And Is On Track To Move Higher"

Apple + Dow Jones = Better Apple Exposure (Part 2)

Matt Thalman - Contributor - ETFs

In part one, I explained how the S&P 500 index (^GSPC) and most index tracking ETF's are weighted. The weighting is based on a company's market capitalization, which means that since Apple Inc. (AAPL) is easily the largest company in the world, it carries the largest amount of weight within these investment vehicles. Furthermore in the past I explained how this amount of exposure to Apple may not be a good thing.

But, with Apple recently being added to the Dow Jones Industrial Average (^DJI) investors now have an index to park money and not feel over exposed to Apple due to its size. While the S&P 500 weights companies by its market cap, the Dow weights companies by its share price. Over the years, a number of analysts and market experts have said this is one of the Dow's major flaws and to an extent I would have to agree. But, because Apple is so much larger than all of the other companies within the market, I am very much in favor of this share price weighting format. Continue reading "Apple + Dow Jones = Better Apple Exposure (Part 2)"