Apple shares close higher on Wednesday, tech giant invests in Face ID supplier Finisar

Apple Incs (AAPL) Advanced Manufacturing Fund reportedly invested as much as $390 million in Face ID supplier Finisar, which recently initiated production quantity shipping of its vertical-cavity surface-emitting lasers, or VCSELs.

Apple shares closed higher for the fourth time in the past nine trading sessions on Wednesday. The stock edged up 0.33% ($0.57) to $172.27, after touching an intraday high at $173.53, or a price level not seen since November 28th ($174.87).

In the week ended on December 10th the shares of the technological company lost 0.98% of their market value compared to a week ago, which marked a second consecutive period of decrease.

The stock has neutralized earlier losses and is now up 0.24% so far during the current month, following a 1.66% surge in November. The latter has been a second consecutive monthly gain, but yet, the smallest one since October 2016.

For the entire past year, the shares of the NASDAQ-listed company rose 10.03%. The stock has gained another 48.74% so far in 2017.

The tech company said it intended to purchase 10 times more VCSELs during the fourth quarter of the year in comparison with previous three-month periods.

VCSEL technology is utilized in the facial recognition system of Apples iPhone X as well as in Portrait-mode pictures.

Meanwhile, Finisar is expected to redesign a 700 000-square-foot facility in Texas and to add 500 high-skill jobs.

According to CNN Money, the 34 analysts, offering 12-month forecasts regarding Apple Inc’s stock price, have a median target of $194.00, with a high estimate of $235.00 and a low estimate of $148.00. The median estimate is a 12.61% surge compared to the closing price of $172.27 on December 13th.

The same media also reported that 27 out of 39 surveyed investment analysts had rated Apple Inc’s stock as “Buy”, while 6 – as “Hold”. On the other hand, 1 analyst had recommended selling the stock.

Daily and Weekly Pivot Levels

With the help of the Camarilla calculation method, today’s levels of importance for the Apple stock are presented as follows:

R1 – $172.39
R2 – $172.51
R3 (Range Resistance – Sell) – $172.64
R4 (Long Breakout) – $173.00
R5 (Breakout Target 1) – $173.43
R6 (Breakout Target 2) – $173.60

S1 – $172.15
S2 – $172.03
S3 (Range Support – Buy) – $171.90
S4 (Short Breakout) – $171.54
S5 (Breakout Target 1) – $171.11
S6 (Breakout Target 2) – $170.94

By using the traditional method of calculation, the weekly levels of importance for Apple Inc (AAPL) are presented as follows:

Central Pivot Point – $169.48
R1 – $172.51
R2 – $175.64
R3 – $178.67
R4 – $181.69

S1 – $166.35
S2 – $163.32
S3 – $160.19
S4 – $157.05

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