As the earnings season starts to wind down, it seems the big message from the FAANG stocks is that, earnings projections be damned, this market wants to go up. Just look at what we’ve seen from the components:
FB: reported after the close on the 30th; company clearly has turned itself around and price exploded nearly 20% the next day;
AMZN: reported after the close on the 31st; stock got absolutely reamed, losing nearly $100 the next day; market didn’t budge;
AAPL: reported after the close on the 29th; in spite of softening sales and weakness from China, stock skyrocketed the next day;
NFLX: reported after the close on the 17th; stock slumped for a few days but has since recovered and is now rumored to be a buyout candidate from fellow FAANG member AAPL;
We are in a time when “normal” relationships are not working, and when any slight hint of misperformance is getting punished. So it is fascinating to see that AAPL’s normal quarterly price behavior pattern is still “working”, something I discussed here back in August.
AAPL’s share price has a pretty regular pattern which plays itself out over each calendar quarter. Apple Corp. releases its quarterly earnings report usually on the 1st day of the month, one month after the end of the calendar quarter, and so the next one is due out Nov. 1.