After crashing late last year, Apple stock has had a massive resurgence this year. Its next milestone to hit? Being on track to flash a so-called “golden cross” technical pattern.
This indicates the potential for a major rally. It takes place when a stock’s short-term moving average crosses above its long-term moving average. Golden crosses have recently appeared for Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google parent company Alphabet.
“Apple’s 50-day moving average (DMA), a short-term trend trackers, is headed to rise to $192.615 at the open from $191.930 at Monday’s close, according to FactSet, crossing above the 200-DMA, a guide to the long-term trend, which is set to rise to $192.439 from $192.356. Many chart watchers view a golden cross as marking the spot where a shorter-term rally transitions to a longer-term uptrend.”
As an indicator of just what a turbulent year Apple has had, it passed the so-called “death cross” (the opposite of a golden cross) in just December last year. This is the point at which a stock’s 50-day moving average crosses below its 200-day moving average. It can reportedly be an accurate predictor of a bear market, a steep downward trend in the stock market.
Getting ready to rally?
This isn’t the first indication we’ve had that Apple stock could be in for a rally. Recently, investor Gene Munster suggested that Apple stock is set to rocket up 70% in the next two years. This would make it a $1.5 trillion company.
At time of writing, AAPL is trading at $204.90. That gives it an overall market cap of $942.59 billion. Last week, the company was wrongly reported as having recaptured its $1 trillion market cap. The reason for the confusion was Apple’s continuing share buyback program, which affects the number of outstanding share available.
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