What caused Tuesday’s sharp drop in Apple’s stock price?

“Apple Inc.’s big weighting within the Nasdaq is starting to turn heads, especially after a sharp dive in the company’s share price on Tuesday morning created something that looked like a mini flash-crash,” David Berman writes for Seeking Alpha. “Apple, of course, has been growing in size as a technology company, with a massive market capitalization that gives it a 20% weighting within the Nasdaq 100 – a popular benchmark for exchange traded funds.”

Berman writes, “Apple shares plunged 5.5% at the start of trading – and when we say plunge, we mean a straight line down – and dragged down a number of other shares with it, along with the Nasdaq. The scene was reminiscent – if far more tame – of the dramatic dive in stocks in early May, when the Dow Jones industrial average fell about 700 points nearly instantly, before recovering.”

AAPL chart for Tuesday, September 28, 2010:

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MacDailyNews Take: Apple’s massive size may have the additional benefit of making it too visible a target to be safely manipulated. Everyone’s watching now, criminals.

48 Comments

  1. This could also be a sign of success, too. It could be simply that people are trying to sell high, and with the economy as a whole tanking, people have been riding the Apple rocket, and they’re like, “Well, this is all wonderful for Apple, but I need my money now, so I’m going to take it back, thank you.”

  2. This could also be a sign of success, too. It could be simply that people are trying to sell high, and with the economy as a whole tanking, people have been riding the Apple rocket, and they’re like, “Well, this is all wonderful for Apple, but I need my money now, so I’m going to take it back, thank you.”

  3. It’s these WallStreet jackasses who came up with the idea that they can make money when a stock goes down. Why was this ever allowed to happen? That’s why stocks move on rumors now as much or more than actual happenings.

  4. It’s these WallStreet jackasses who came up with the idea that they can make money when a stock goes down. Why was this ever allowed to happen? That’s why stocks move on rumors now as much or more than actual happenings.

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