Apple: The Post-Earnings Gap Is Usually Most of the Gain for the Day

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 |  About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)
by: The Strategist

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) reported stellar earnings well above expectations after the bell. Since the beginning of the current bull market, here is how Apple has traded the day after earnings.

Apple Day After Earnings During the Current Bull Market

Date After Earnings Gap at the Open Intra-day Price Performance
4/23/2009 4.21% -0.96%
7/22/2009 4.14% -0.67%
10/20/2009 5.66% -0.92%
1/26/2010 1.42% 0.00%
4/21/2010 5.81% 0.16%
7/21/2010 5.24% -4.09%
10/19/2010 -4.59% 2.01%
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Major statistics to note:

  • 6 out of 7 quarters Apple gapped higher at the open
  • 4 of those 6 times Apple finished the day below the opening tick
  • 5 of 7 times the intra-day change was less than one hundred basis points

Our conclusion from this analysis is that the gains this morning for Apple will come primarily from the gap higher at the open.

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