Apple Stock in 2017 Will Outpace Tech Giants

The technology sector has outperformed the market so far this year, and we expect Apple stock in 2017 to be one of the best performers in the sector.

So far this year, the technology sector is almost 4% higher, while the S&P 500 is trading about 1% higher. Leading the tech sector growth are the FANG companies: Facebook Inc. (Nasdaq: FB) is up 12.13%; Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) is up 8.94%; Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) is up 11.21%; and Alphabet Inc. (Nasdaq: GOOGL) is up 6.82%.

With year-to-date (YTD) share-price growth of 3.58%, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) is on pace with the technology sector as a whole. But Apple stock has a higher growth potential in 2017 than any of the FANG companies.

Here's why...

4 Factors Will Drive Apple Stock in 2017

While the FANG stocks may have bigger gains right now, Apple is breaking out of its current trading pattern, according to Money Morning Options Trading Specialist and Power Profit Trades Editor Tom Gentile.

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The green lines on the chart below show the support and resistance for the Apple stock price. Support lines are the lower lines on the chart. This is the price where buyers are ready to purchase the stock, which keeps it from dipping lower.

The resistance lines are the top ones on the chart below. Resistance is the price where investors are willing to sell the stock to capture gains and keep the stock from climbing higher.


Apple stock is currently trading above resistance. According to Gentile, this is very important for two reasons:

  1. When a stock breaks above the resistance line, it is likely to keep rising until it reaches a new equilibrium.
  2. Apple is set to report earnings on Jan. 31. The Apple stock price generally trades within 1% of the previous close when it announces earnings, and has a tendency to pull back the day before earnings, according to Gentile.

With Apple breaking out of resistance, it's likely Apple stock will settle near this line in its pre-earnings pullback. However, once earnings are announced, Apple stock should rise.

Besides trading patterns, another reason we're bullish on Apple stock is the iPhone 8 information that has been leaked. The leak of iPhone 8 specs and options will likely increase anticipation around the release of the new phone.

Gentile says another factor that is likely to keep Apple stock rising in 2017 is the anticipation of tax reform. If the reforms go through as President Trump plans, Apple's profit margins should improve due to a lower tax burden. There are no specific details about the tax breaks the new president is proposing, but he is pushing for a cap of 15% on corporate taxes, which is down from the current cap of 35%.

With this bullish outlook for the AAPL stock price in 2017, Gentile just provided his subscribers with a new profit strategy...

Profit Strategy for Apple Stock in 2017

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The typical way of profiting from a rising stock is to buy it. If the stock is inexpensive, this strategy can work well. If the stock costs more per share, like Apple, that can be more than investors want to spend. Currently, Apple stock is trading at $120.11. In order to buy 100 shares of stock, you would need to invest $12,011.

There are a couple of other strategies you can consider in order to ride the upward momentum at an affordable investment level.

According to Gentile, the first strategy to profit from Apple is buying calls.

"Buying calls on AAPL is an option strategy that gives you the opportunity to control 100 shares of the stock for less than buying the stock outright," Gentile said.

Right now, AAPL calls with a strike price of $125 and an expiration of January 2018 are selling for $8.45. That's an $845 investment since you control 100 shares. And it's a discount of 93% compared to buying Apple stock, meaning you are risking less capital and opening yourself up to higher percentage gains.

"Another strategy you could use capitalize on AAPL's bullish movement - and reduce your cost even more - is the bullish loophole trade (bull call debit spread)," Gentile said. "This strategy involves buying-to-open a lower-strike call option while selling-to-open a higher-strike call option simultaneously on the same order ticket."

Using Gentile's approach, the same expiration date of January 2018 on a bull call debit spread would cost you $210. The components include:

  • Buy-to-open APPL options with a strike of $125. Total investment: $845
  • Sell-to-open APPL options with a strike of $130. Total credit: $635

The only downside to the really low entry price of the spread is that you limit how much you can make on the trade.

Which strategy you choose will depend on your available investment funds, your profit target, and your tolerance for risk. Make sure to consult with your financial advisor to help you determine the trade that best meets your needs.

Up Next: Options guru Tom Gentile shows you how to make 100% or more in "How to Make a (Stress-Free) Killing with Options."

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