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Trillion Dollar Stocks at the Bottom of the Pile

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On a day when the Dow was up +529.95 points, I thought it was odd that it's two giant components, Apple (AAPL) and Micrsoft (MSFT), finished the day at a loss and at the bottom of the list sorted by percent change. Maybe this is just a function of rotation, but, as I said, it is odd.



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In my May 15 article I pointed out that AAPL was perhaps making a double top, but, of course, it went higher from there, and it made a new rally high today; however, AAPL reversed and closed on its low for the day. This caused the overbought PMO to top, which is bearish. Price is still within the rising trend channel, but the rising trend line is more likely to fail if price doesn't test the top of the channel again before it tests the rising trend line. Note how volume last week contracted as price was pushing higher.


MSFT had a similar day (opened higher, then reversed), although it didn't quite make new rally highs. The daily PMO, which generated a PMO crossover SELL signal about a week ago, is overbought and falling below the signal line. Also, similar to AAPL, volume for MSFT contracted last week.


It it interesting to see these two $1.39 trillion stocks so closely aligned in such a negative way. It's a pretty good setup for a double top on both stocks, but the double tops won't be in place until price breaks down below the rising trend line.

Happy Charting! - Carl


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Carl Swenlin
About the author: is a veteran technical analyst who has been actively engaged in market analysis since 1981. A pioneer in the creation of online technical resources, he was president and founder of DecisionPoint.com, one of the premier market timing and technical analysis websites on the web. DecisionPoint specializes in stock market indicators and charting. Since DecisionPoint merged with StockCharts.com in 2013, Carl has served a consulting technical analyst and blog contributor. Learn More
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