FORTUNE -- What was the significance of those long red vertical lines in Apple's (AAPL) 60-second chart Friday a.m.? Were they computer glitches? Human error (so-called fat finger trades)? Something more sinister? Your guess is as good as mine.
In 52 weeks, Apple shares closed within $1 of the so-called Max Pain range 39 times
To ordinary investors, the trading in Apple (AAPL) shares last week must have looked a little crazy. On Monday, when the Dow was up, the stock fell, only to shoot up $9.98 (3.17%) the next day. On Thursday, when the Dow was down, the stock was up $8.62 (2.67%). If Apple could have held on MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 25, 2011 8:12 AM ET
With the Dow up and no negative news on the wire, the stock fell off a cliff Thursday
Thursday was another one of those bizarre trading days for Apple (AAPL). The stock opened higher, flirted with some prices north of $328 in the morning and made it through the early afternoon without suffering much damage, despite the turmoil in Greece.
Then, at about 1:50 p.m., the volume jumped and the stock fell MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Jun 16, 2011 3:43 PM ET
If you're looking for evidence of manipulation, Friday's close was picture-perfect
"The easiest way to think of options," wrote The Market Skeptics's Eric deCarbonnel in a prescient 2009 post, "is as a type of insurance. Investors pay a premium to protect themselves against sharp swings in the market. If these sharp swings don't happen, those selling options (option market makers) keep the premiums as profit."
"In a legitimate free market," he continues, "every MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 15, 2011 9:32 AM ET
Trading in the company's shares Monday was slower than it's been since New Year's Eve, 2010
Apple (AAPL) has been trading in a narrow band this year -- to the undying frustration of investors who think the stock's price ought to reflect the company's breakneck earnings growth (EPS up 75%, 68%, 75% and 92%, respectively, over the past four quarters).
Apple's trading volume, by contrast, is as changeable as a baby's bottom, MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - May 10, 2011 8:09 AM ET
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