Lessons Learned From A Trading Profit Made Shorting Stocks – FX Empire

As the market is currently working on an upswing, we should keep in mind that the previous upswing was +$29.62 or +19.73%. Apple is giving us another opportunity to liquidate any remaining holdings anywhere from our current price level to over $160.

The Sign That The Trend For Apple Has Changed

It should also be noted that the 2020 Covid downswing from January 29, 2020 – to March 23, 2020, was -$29.50, -35.85%, 74 bars, and 53 days.

The current 2022 downswing from the $183 peak to the $132.50 low is -$50.68, -27.67%, 193 bars, and 139 days.

The 2022 downswing exceeds the 2020 Covid downswing in both price and time: -$50.68 vs -$29.50, and 139 days vs 53 days. This is a major red flag signal that the trend in Apple has changed.

Let us remember Jesse Livermore stated: “When trading stocks I always look for favored groups to get weaker and collapse.” “This usually meant a correction was coming in the overall market.”

This is how Livermore called the market turn in 1907, and 1929, as the market leaders rolled over first.

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