Apple (AAPL) – Get Apple Inc. Report lately has held up well, after a not-so-perfect quarter and also with the marketwide selloff.
On Monday, the S&P 500 hit its lowest level since May 2021, while the Nasdaq is currently 22.5% off its high. Not a pretty run.
Over the weekend, Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.B) – Get Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class B Report (BRK.A) – Get Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Class A Report held its annual meeting, where investors tuned in to hear what Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger thought of the market.
Among the tidbits, Berkshire bought roughly $600 million of Apple stock in the first quarter. That’s besides the investment group holding more than $150 billion of the stock.
Apple makes up roughly 40% of Berkshire’s portfolio of public shares and the holding is more than double the size of its next largest holding, Bank of America (BAC) – Get Bank of America Corp Report.
Perhaps more interesting is Buffett’s comment on Apple: “Unfortunately, the stock went back up, so I stopped. Otherwise, who knows how much we would have bought?”
So the question now becomes: Should investors be buying the dip in Apple stock as well? If so, here are the levels to know.
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The weekly chart above clearly lays out the longer-term trend in this one. It also highlights the controlled pullback we’ve seen so far.
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Apple stock is down 13% from the all-time highs, which is reasonable considering the carnage we’ve seen in the first four months of the year.
The stock continues to hold the 50-week moving average as support.
If we can see Apple find its footing — as it did in mid-March, just ahead of a Federal Reserve meeting — the bulls would love to see this stock clear $170.
That would put Apple stock back above the 10-day, 21-day and 50-day moving averages, as well as its 10-week and 21-week moving averages and the 50% and 61.8% retracement.
That’s a mouthful of technical jargon to some investors. But clearing all these levels would open the door for a return to all-time highs.
On the downside, a close below the 50-week moving average could put the 2022 low in play down near $150. On the plus side, this might well draw in some more Buffett buying.
A break of this level could thrust Apple stock down to the $138 to low-$140s zone.
There we find a current support and resistance zone, a prior breakout area, the monthly VWAP measure and the 21-month moving average. The last of those was most recently tested in March 2020 and held as support.
For long-term buyers, that $138-to-low-$140s range up to $150 is the zone within which they may want to consider scooping up the stock.