“Apple was one of the top stock performers over the twelve months when it hits its high of $705 in September, returning 68% to its investors. It outperformed the Dow, Nasdaq and S&P by over three times. Investors, particularly institutional ones, like to lock in gains under those circumstances,” Travlos writes. “And, as I have written before, Apple, as a top holding in many institutional accounts, often must be sold as it appreciates to stay within a fund’s allocation limits. So, perversely as Apple appreciates, institutions must trim their positions even if they believe it still remains attractive.”
Travlos writes, The selloff at $700 can also be explained by the tax consequences of big stock gains… the looming Fiscal Cliff threatens to tax those gains at 5% to 9% higher than the current rate. So those investors with large capital gains in taxable accounts may have wanted to sell to preserve capital.”"
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