| Apple designs, manufactures and markets smartphones, personal computers, tablets, wearables and accessories, and sells a variety of related services. Co.'s products include: iPhone; Mac; iPad; and wearables, home and accessories, which includes AirPods®, Apple TV®, Apple Watch®, Beats® products, HomePod, iPod touch® and other Apple-branded and third-party accessories. Co.'s services include: digital content stores and streaming services; AppleCare, which includes AppleCare + (AC+) and the AppleCare Protection Plan; iCloud, which is Co.'s cloud service; licensing; and other services, which include Apple Arcade, Apple Card, Apple News+, and Apple Pay, a cashless payment service. |
When researching a stock like Apple, many investors are the most familiar with Fundamental Analysis — looking at a company's balance sheet, earnings, revenues, and what's happening in that company's underlying business. Investors who use Fundamental Analysis to identify good stocks to buy or sell can also benefit from AAPL Technical Analysis to help find a good entry or exit point. Technical Analysis is blind to the fundamentals and looks only at the trading data for AAPL stock — the real life supply and demand for the stock over time — and examines that data in different ways. One of those ways is to calculate a Simpe Moving Average ("SMA") by looking back a certain number of days. One of the most popular "longer look-backs" is the AAPL 200 day moving average ("AAPL 200 DMA"), while one of the most popular "shorter look-backs" is the AAPL 50 day moving average ("AAPL 50 DMA"). A chart showing both of these popular moving averages is shown on this page for Apple. Comparing two moving averages against each other can be a useful visualization tool: by calculating the difference between the AAPL 200 DMA and the AAPL 50 DMA, we get a moving average convergence divergence indicator ("AAPL MACD"). The AAPL MACD chart, in conjunction with the chart of the moving averages, basically helps in visualizing how the moving averages are showing convergence (moving closer together), or divergence (moving farther apart).