These days, you’d be crazy to even think about shorting AAPL, right? They just had killer earnings and are on track to earn $40+/share in 2012, giving them a nice, comfortable valuation. However, the charts point to the notion that a long-term top is right around the corner.
First, on the monthly chart above, note that AAPL appears ripe to complete a 5-wave rally that started in 1998! I would expect a multi-year correction to ensue soon based on this chart alone.
On the weekly chart, you can see that Wave-V from the first chart has subdivided nicely into 5-waves as well. Even on this shorter timeframe, the wave pattern indicates that upside is limited.
The daily chart shows a typical parabolic blow off to finish Wave-V. Importantly, recent price action is confirming that a top is very near:
During a climax top, a stock leader that has risen for many months will suddenly take off and run up much faster than it has in any week since the start of its original move. On a weekly chart, the spread from the absolute low to the absolute high of the week in almost all examples will be wider than any price spread in any week so far.
- William O’Neil in The Successful Investor, pg. 80
This weekly candle is on track for being the largest weekly gain in dollar terms, ever. Furthermore, we’ve seen 5 straight days of gains, with today’s price action including a large gap up followed by a large rally. This is typical blow off action, and it implies that the market is becoming too one-sided to sustain further long-term price rises. Look for a multi-month or multi-year correction to start soon.