Buy Apple on Sale This Holiday Quarter
Since hitting an intraday high of $705.07 on Sept. 21, AAPL, as of Monday's $542.83 close, is off 23%, shedding more than 14% of its weight in the last two weeks.
Separate myth from reality.
AAPL languishes, by and large, because of profit taking.
With the steady decline comes demand for answers.
That's where the real irrationality enters the picture.
Save a few exceptions, the hack collective of analysts and the media decided to settle on the Tim Cook can't replace Steve Jobs after all hypothesis.
I buy into that contention. In fact, I'm one of its originators and biggest proponents. But the Johnny-come-lately types have it all wrong. They're not timing this thing correctly. And they're going to get burnt.
On this weakness, AAPL became a screaming buy in the holiday quarter, for several reasons.
First of all, nothing has changed. The media treats the Cook/Jobs hypothesis like it's something new. It's not. But it needs time to mature.
Second, that relatively weak quarter we just saw from Apple? It was expected. I called it in August.
Third, Apple traditionally offers weak guidance. It's a well-designed bear trap.
Still No Competition
But the bigger reasons have to do with the fact that the company remains in a class by itself.
Apple will crush the holiday quarter (results come January 2013). Do you really think consumers will flock to devices other than iPhones and iPads?