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December 11, 2022 | $AAPL – Apple Computer (Last:142.18)

Rick Ackerman

Rick Ackerman is the editor of Rick’s Picks, an online service geared to traders of stocks, options, index futures and commodities. His detailed trading strategies have appeared since the early 1990s in Black Box Forecasts, a newsletter he founded that originally was geared to professional option traders. Barron’s once labeled him an “intrepid trader” in a headline that alluded to his key role in solving a notorious pill-tampering case. He received a $200,000 reward when a conviction resulted, and the story was retold on TV’s FBI: The Untold Story. His professional background includes 12 years as a market maker in the pits of the Pacific Coast Exchange, three as an investigator with renowned San Francisco private eye Hal Lipset, seven as a reporter and newspaper editor, three as a columnist for the Sunday San Francisco Examiner, and two decades as a contributor to publications ranging from Barron’s to The Antiquarian Bookman to Fleet Street Letter and Utne Reader.

AAPL looked like hell last week, stopping out the point ‘C’ low of a weak bullish pattern, but making little headway on the obligatory bounce.  Desperation will not provide the distribution opportunities its handlers seek, but their one good trick  — gapping the stock down on the opening in order to exhaust sellers — hasn’t been working lately because shorts are not as easily spooked.  Well below the pattern is a downward sloping, red line. It is the lower trendline of a channel I’d said could contain some big swings in 2023 without allowing a major breakdown or breakout. For your information, the upper channel-line will come in at around 172 this week; the lower, at 121.  In theory, that would free the stock to swing wildly over a 51-point range as we enter the new year.



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December 11th, 2022

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