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Monday, March 19, 2012

Apple Announces Dividend and Stock Buyback Program This Morning

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:50 AM

"Apple announced it a shareholder dividend and stock buyback program on Monday, and Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu thinks the plan is a good idea. Company CEO Tim Cook and CFO Peter Oppenheimer discussed the program during a special conference call with analysts early Monday morning."

Apple has built up a cash surplus of $97 billion dollars from short term investments, so it really had to do something with all that money. Before the fiscal year ends this fall, Apple will start the $2.65 USD per share dividend, as well as a program to buy back roughly $10 billion in shares before the end of the calendar year. Good news for stockholders.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Apple Stock Hardly Affected

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:34 PM

"'Buoyed by a strongly supportive reaction from the Wall Street analyst community, Apple shares have barely budged in the face of yesterday afternoon's announcement that CEO Steve Jobs is handing over the reins to current COO Tim Cook,' Eric Savitz reports for Forbes."

Good news, I guess they expect good things out of Tim Cook.

Tags: , stock

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Apple Makes it to Top of the Market Cap List

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 03:23 PM

"With trading now closed in the U.S., Apple has ended the day with a lead on Exxon Mobil, becoming the most valuable publicly traded company by market capitalization."

Yesterday, Apple flirted with the top spot but didn't quite make it. Today, they bounced back (even during a slump in the markets) to hit $337.17 billion, which is almost $7 billion more than Exxon, which closed the day at $330.77 billion. Overall thought, the stock was down 2.76% at $363.39 USD per share.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Apple Sets Record High

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:03 PM

"After a five months of jagged ups and downs, AAPL overtakes a record set on Feb. 16, 2011. Investors who stuck with Apple (AAPL) through thick and thin this year got their earthly reward Friday."

Indeed! A couple of days before an earnings report and Apple hits $365.00 USD then drops to settle at $364.92 USD, eclipsing the previous high of $363.13 USD set in February of this year.

Tags: high, stock, record

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Apple Value Greater Than Microsoft and Intel Combined

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "The Competition" @ 03:00 PM

"At market close today, Microsoft (MSFT) had a market value of $201.59 billion. The market value of Intel (INTC) stands at $115.21 billion."

This was on Friday, and while it is quite a large value for either one, Apple did a bit better. At close of business Friday Apple's value was, wait for it, $317.60 billion, greater than the sum of Microsoft and Intel combined. Going into WWDC tomorrow that is quite a tasty bit of news that I'm sure will be mentioned. But before Apple gets too full of themselves, they best take heed to this Bill Gates quote about Steve Jobs from about 13 years ago: 'What I can't figure out is why he is even trying to be the CEO of Apple? He knows he can't win.'


Friday, May 13, 2011

Skullduggery Afoot With Apple's Stock Price?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:59 AM

"It was 3:48 p.m. on Friday April 29 and traders who had purchased Apple (AAPL) April 29 $350 "calls" -- options that gave them the right to buy Apple shares in blocks of 100 for $350 per share -- were sitting pretty. The stock was trading around $353.50 and those calls were worth more $350 apiece (the difference between the price of the stock and the so-called "strike price" of the option times 100)."

What is happening is that just before they can exercise these calls, there is a flurry of trading, which in turn drops the share price below the target price of the call. What this means is they can't exercise the calls and they basically become worthless. The phenomena is called "Max Pain" and what is boils down to, according to the website, is that it hits the "price that causes the highest dollar value of options to expire worthless, causing everyone to go home in financial pain," or maximum pain if you will. Manipulating stock like this is illegal and since, according to the article, it's been happening frequently to Apple, it does lead one to believe there may be some manipulation going on with the stock. An interesting read, and I'm curious to see if it's all conjecture or if there are legs to this story.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Amateurs Beat "Experts" in Predicting Apple's Financials

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Now that Apple's 1st quarter financial performance has been revealed, it's time to revisit predictions made by amateurs and pros alike. Fortune's Philip Elmer-DeWitt did just that, and found that the novices out-guessed several high-priced heavyweights."

Impressive, but really when you get right down to it, what makes an "expert?" If it is someone that studies the markets and educates themselves about companies, then they are all experts. At least that is the way I look at it, and the only difference between these two groups is that one group is paid to be an expert, the other group does it voluntarily.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Apple Market Cap Exceeds $300 Billion

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:30 AM

"Apple remains the world's most valuable company (after Exxon) with a market cap that this morning exceeded $300 billion, reports declare. On active trade on the Dow Apple (AAPL) rose $7 to hit a new record intraday high this morning - right now Apple stock sits near $330 per share for a market cap of over $302 billion."

Well, almost a third of the way towards the recent prediction that Apple would hit $1 trillion. I guess we will see on January 18th how the first fiscal quarter ended up for them.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Apple Stock Sets Another Record

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:31 AM

"Apple shares today, for the first time in history, broke the $300 barrier. Since August, Apple shares have risen by 25%, with some analysts holding a price target for Apple's stock at levels as high as $400."

The stock is on quite a run, controversies aside. What is your target price for the stock? Think it will hit $400.00 USD?

Tags: apple, stock, record

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Apple Stock Closes at All-Time High

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:16 PM

"Apple stock today closed at $276.57 a share, marking an all-time closing high for the stock."

Those predictions of Apple stock surpassing $300.00 USD per share aren't far off now are they? The share price rose 2.35% or $6.35 per share on volume average of 23,115,967. The previous high was $274.16 USD set on June 18, 2010. This puts Apple ($252.66B) as number two in market cap for the top five publicly traded U.S. companies, one spot below Exxon ($310.45B) and one spot ahead of Microsoft ($219.19B).

Tags: , high, stock

Friday, June 25, 2010

Apple Market Cap Greater Than Microsoft and Dell Combined

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

"Shares of Apple Inc. (AAPL) closed today at $269.00, putting the company's market value at $244.77 billion."

As you can see above, the stock rose above $270.00 USD in after hours trading, at least as of 8pm Eastern. According to MacDailyNews, this puts the market cap of Apple ($244.77 billion) greater than the combined Microsoft and Dell market cap ($242.42 billion). Let's see what today brings.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Will Apple Surpass Microsoft?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:30 AM

"A few years ago, Steve Jobs allegedly sent a company wide email to his employees to brag about the fact that Apple had just surpassed Dell in terms of marketcap, meaning that - according to the stock market, at least - Apple had become a larger computer than its computer selling rival."

That was, of course, in response to comments made by Michael Dell of Dell Computer when he suggested years previous that Apple should shut down because of the low stock price and give the money back to it's shareholders. Times change but apparently Steve Jobs has a long memory. As it stands now, Apple Stock has to hit about the $290.00 USD price, along with the Microsoft share price holding steady, in order to surpass Microsoft's market cap of $262.21 billion versus Apple's $234.97 billion. With Apple dropping almost $8.00 USD as of the posting of this story, that may not happen anytime soon.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Record Quarter for Apple

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple posted yet another record quarter Tuesday for the March quarter, the company's second fiscal quarter. The company posted revenue of US$13.5 billion and a quarterly profit of $3.07 billion, or $3.33 earnings per share (EPS). The company reported higher Mac sales, and iPhone sales grew 131% year-over-year."

Apple sold 2.94 million Macs, up 33% from the same quarter a year ago, and also sold 8.75 million iPhones and 10.89 million iPods. This of course did not include the iPad, which will end up in the next quarter report, but it was the best non-holiday quarter ever since revenues were up 49% and profits were up 90%.

And in after hours trading, Apple posted an increase of 6.71% to close at $261.01 USD per share based on the strong earnings report.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

How Will Apple Shares Perform Today?

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 06:15 AM

"Shares of Apple Inc. today rose $1.84, or 0.77%, on lighter-than-average volume of 11,619,04 shares to set a new all-time closing high of $241.79."

That was as of closing yesterday, wonder how high (or low) they will go today? The previous high was $240.60 USD and the 52-week low was $115.76.

Monday, March 8, 2010

iPhone Gross Profit Margins Close to 60%

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Bernstein Research's Toni Sacconaghi issued a 13-page report last week in which he estimated that the iPhone's gross profit margins were an astounding 57.8%. Those margins tower above Apple's competitors with RIM estimated to have 43% profit margins, Nokia 33%, Motorola 32%, and HTC 31.7%."

And while it may decline in the future per The Street, Saconaghi thinks it will increase since prices have increased since Q3 2009 to Q1 2010, from $588.00 USD to $638.00 USD, and demand doesn't seem to be subsiding. He also sets a target stock price of $250.00 USD. Well, let's see what June brings.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Now That The Dust Has Settled...

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 07:00 AM

"Apple's stock soared after the iPad, a hybrid iPhone and netbook computer, was unveiled Wednesday and then plunged with the rest of the market Thursday morning. That shows the best and worst aspects of investing in Apple, all in less than 24 hours."

Apple stock opened at $206.85 USD on the day of the iPad announcement, fluctuating to a high of $210.58 USD after going as low as $199.53 USD before finally settling in to close at $207.88 USD for the day. But the glow from the event wouldn't last as by Friday, brought down in large part to sell offs in the market as a whole, Apple was down to $192.06 USD as a closing price. Here is hoping today will be a better day!


Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Apple Event Announcement Boosts Stock

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 10:00 AM

"The news that Apple is going to announce something on January 27th has the stock market in a tizzy. At one point this morning, Apple shares were up to $214.16, up $8.23 or about 4.0%."

Currently Apple Stock is down to $210.40 USD, just a little over five dollars shy of their 52-week high of $215.59 USD that they reached on January 5, 2010. I guess we shall see in about a week what happens when all is revealed at the event!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Apple Shares at All-Time High

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 08:00 AM

"Apple Inc shares reached their all-time high on Thursday as excitement builds over the expected release of its tablet computer. Although Apple has never acknowledged that a device exists, anticipation is peaking as the company enters the new year."

The previous all-time high was $208.71 USD, which was surpassed on Thursday as the stock hit $209.35 USD before the dust settled and it closed at $209.04 USD. There are lots of quotes about this being anticipation of an Apple Tablet, and since it is expected to be announced in January, I suppose buying based on tablet anticipation isn't too far from the truth.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Apple Stock Hits All Time High

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 11:00 AM

"Apple's stock price has hit an all-time high today, surging over 4% at the moment to top $207 per share. The peak eclipses Apple's previous high set in late December 2007. Apple's stock subsequently sank to a low of under $80 per share in late 2008 amid uncertain economic times before rebounding strongly over the past eight months."

This was yesterday, and on top of that news the crazy stock guy over at, Jim Cramer, has predicted Apple will hit $300.00 USD. He is basing it on those "words I love to hear" when Apple Executives said they cannot meet the demand for certain products, one of which is the iPhone.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Apple Has New 52-Week Closing High

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:30 AM

"Shares of Apple Inc. today rose US$3.99, or 2.14%, to close at $190.01 on volume of 21,556,721 shares to set a new 52-week closing high."

This was news from yesterday, which beat the previous 52-week closing high of $186.15 USD from September 28th this year. In comparison, the 52-week low was on January 20th, 2009 when the stock dropped to $78.20 USD. Market value for Apple is $170.21 billion USD, which tops IBM at $159.08 billion USD but doesn't quite achieve the monster Microsoft at $233.75 billion USD.

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