Apple stock falls below key level after China shuts Foxconn plant over COVID spike

Apple shares fell on Monday, dropping below their 200-day moving average, after one of its suppliers, Foxconn, halted operations at its Shenzhen sites following a government-imposed lockdown in response to a COVID spike.

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Apple is now trading at its lowest since November 2021. The day’s drop erased more than $60 billion of Apple’s market capitalization, putting it under $2.5 trillion.

Ryan Vlastelica for Yahoo Finance:

Analysts currently see a limited impact from the halted production given that Foxconn should have inventory buffers. Still, BofA wrote that a longer-than-expected shutdown “can cause ripple effects at other components that can create a shortfall in production.”

Shares in Apple have fallen for five straight weeks, their longest weekly losing streak since May and part of a broad-based weakness in tech stocks in 2022 on concerns growth will slow as the Federal Reserve starts raising interest rates. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which caused commodity prices to jump and heightened worries about inflation, has also weighed on the group.

Tech shares fell broadly on Monday, with the Nasdaq 100 Index down 2% and poised to close at a level that would represent a bear market. Meanwhile, the S&P 500 Index fell into a “death cross” — with the 50-day moving average falling below the 200-day moving average.

MacDailyNews Take: Currently in pre-market trading, Apple shares are down $3.85 (-2.48%) to $150.88, slightly off the day’s low of $150.40.

Come on, sub-$150!

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2 Comments

  1. Although I am surprised to see Apple drop this low in share price, I can’t say I’m terribly concerned. At this low share price, Apple must surely be repurchasing shares in greater numbers. I’d rather see more outstanding shares disappear than needing a higher share price as I’m not going to be selling any of my Apple stock now. Apple investors sure are sensitive to every little thing. I thought the sudden sell-off was due to the ongoing war and not the temporary Covid-19 lock-down. If the lock-down is the cause of the sell-off, then I hope there is more share dumping. Apple can go down to $140 for all I care. I’m not playing Apple just for the quarter, I’m playing for the year or multiple years.

    Anyway, I think it’s wise for China to lock-down everything if there truly is another virus threat. They should play it safe if it can save lives. I’m still being careful in NYC despite businesses easing up on virus-stopping mandates. At least, Apple didn’t do any worse in falling than many other tech stocks.

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