Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock has climbed decently in 2021, rising +21.0%. But the tech titan could rise quite a bit higher as its new hardware rolls out and plans for a self-repair online store emerge. But another likely reason is Big Money lifting the stock.

So, what’s Big Money? Said simply, that’s when a stock goes up in price alongside chunky volumes. It’s indicative of institutions betting on the shares.

Smart money managers are always looking for the next hot stock. And Apple has many fundamental qualities that are attractive.

This sets up well for the stock going forward. But how the shares have been trading points to more upside. As I’ll show you, the Big Money has been pretty consistent in the shares all year.

You see, fund managers are always looking to bet on the next outlier stocks…the best in class. They spend countless hours sizing up companies, reading reports, speaking to analysts…you name it. When they find a company firing on all cylinders, they pounce in a big way.

That’s why I’ve learned how critical it is to gauge Big Money demand for shares. To show you what I mean, have a look at all the big money signals AAPL has made the last year.

The last few weeks have seen Big Money activity, too. Each green bar signals big trading volumes as the stock ramped in price:


In 2021, the stock has attracted 14 Big Money buy signals. Generally speaking, recent green bars could mean more upside is ahead.

Now, let’s check out technical action grabbing my attention:

  • 6-month outperformance vs. Technology Select Sector SPDF Fund (+2.21% vs. XLK)

Outperformance is important for leading stocks.

Next, it’s a good idea to check under the hood. Meaning, I want to make sure the fundamental story is strong too. As you can see, Apple has been growing sales at a double-digit rate. Take a look:

  • 3-year sales growth rate (+12.2%)

  • 3-year earnings growth rate (+27.2%)

Source: FactSet

Marrying great fundamentals with technically superior stocks is a winning recipe over the long-term.

Story continues

In fact, AAPL has been a top-rated stock at my research firm, MAPsignals, for years. That means the stock saw buy pressure, strong technicals, and growing fundamentals. We have a ranking process that showcases stocks like this on a weekly basis.

AAPL has a lot of qualities that are attracting Big Money. And since 2010, it’s made this list 56 times, though not in more than a year. Since its first appearance on 1/4/2010…it’s gained 2,001.44%. The blue bars below show the times that Apple was a top pick since 2010:


It’s been a top stock in the technology sector according to the MAPsignals process. I wouldn’t be surprised if AAPL makes additional appearances in the years to come. Let’s tie this all together.

The Bottom Line

Apple rally could have further to go. Big money buying in the shares is signaling to take notice. Shares could be positioned for further upside. Given the historical gains in share price and strong fundamentals, this stock could be worth a spot in a growth-oriented portfolio.

Disclosure: the author holds no positions in AAPL in personal or managed accounts at the time of publication.

Learn more about the MAPsignals process here.


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