Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Apple sell off on Steve Jobs news, great buying opportunity

Apple sold off as much as 7% in after hours trading on news that Steve Jobs is stepping down as CEO. It appears the fears may be a bit over done and I think you could take advantage of a gap down into support on Apple. I will look to buy one lot of Apple on a gap down in the $355 down to the 350 area. I would buy two lots of Apple at the 200ma which is around $343. I will also look to add on a buy setup if I get a good buy pattern. I will use the $339 area as my stop so be sure to position size correctly to your risk. I would like to see support first before buying if we gap below $350. This trade is also invalid if it trades below $339 before we are able to buy. I marked support and buy areas with green arrows.

If we get a buy from the $350 area, I would like to target the $360-365 area. Be sure to properly trail the position and move stop to breakeven once your 3-4 points in the money.

AVP near 20ma target

Our AVP trade is doing well heading towards our 20ma target. If you used a tight stop under $21, you would have gotten dinked out on the failure to hold above the 8ma. If you used the $20 stop, which is the low of the pivot, you should still be in. AVP came close to breaking the low but it held in.

The 20ma should be a good first target but I think there is more room to run if it could break above it. I'm not gonna give AVP to much room because of the volatility in the market. I would take at least a third of the position off on a test of the 20ma and move the stop on the rest of the position to breakeven.

I will also move the current stop to 20.47 to tighten up the risk. I marked the stop loss area with a red arrow in the chart.