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Apple Plan Stock Buy Back

April 30th, 2013

Announced on the quarterly earnings call last week was the decision for Apple to invest in Apple (may seem a radical way of thinking!). The company with all their oodles of cash reserves in the bank have decided to buy back shares into their own company to increase the share dividend to their investors.

Though even with all the cash reserves in the bank, Apple are borrowing money to fund the buy back. They are reportedly going to borrow between $15 and $20 billion from large banking corporations to enable the buy back to run smoothly. Though the company have more than $145 billion in the bank it is all stored off shore to avoid US taxes, and it seems easier for the company to fund the buy back by borrowing.

Goldman Sachs and Deutsche Bank are the lucky banks in talks with Apple to help them fund the buy back, with Cook speaking at the Goldman Sachs conference every year to help maintain a good relationship (and attract a lot of attention for the banking corporation).

Apple investing in Apple means that investors will now see an extra 15% increase on their dividend payments, which will equate to around $3.05 per common share. Of course the program will take a number of years to complete, but Apple investing in Apple can only be a good thing surely?

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Apple Shares Drop Below $400

April 18th, 2013

Last year all we were hearing about was the rise and rise of Apple shares, where each share hit over $700 at one point. Unfortunately for Apple things began to take a decline in October which has continued and now it has seen Apple shares fall below $400.

The $700 per share peak for Apple stocks was a real high for the company and was hit at around the time of the iPad mini launch. Unfortunately since then, alongside the Apple Maps app problems and the management shake ups that followed the stocks have been on a downturn ever since.

Of course a fall in the share price is going to make investors twitchy, and with the quarterly earnings report being announced next week are Apple seeing some slow times ahead? iPad demand is said to have been “weak” over the past quarter, alongside other smartphone companies who seem to be over-innovating beyond Apple’s capabilities will probably mean a drop in iPhone sales too.

Will the company be able to pick up from this? We hope so.

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Apple Stocks Drop to $500

December 17th, 2012

After we have been used to a constant upwards spiral for Apple stocks over the summer, recent months have seen the share price for the company take dives, now nearing their February price of $500 per share. The companies share prices hit a high of $702 per share in September, but are now as low as $500 per share, and since the September high shares have been on an opposing spiral to what Apple have been used to and accustomed to.

Many of the major stakeholders in Apple, including long term staff members, have been selling their stocks to avoid potential extra taxes next year due to changes in the American Taxation system. Reports are also saying that the demand for their products may be dropping… with one of Apple’s main countries to supply being China yet on the release of the iPhone 5 there were no where near the lines and queues that we have been used to seeing for product launches in the country.

Are Apple finally starting to lose their stake in the smart phone market? I know myself many are turning to other named Android based smartphones as the standard one device per year rule from Apple is leaving them waiting and wanting something different.

Are you sticking with Apple? Or are you ready to try a Galaxy Tab?

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Apple Stocks Surge as Analysts Claim Stock Price is Cheap

November 21st, 2012

Opposite to the constant increase in Apple stocks, the last two months have seen Apple stock prices take a dive of nearly 25%. The slump in shares has followed one of Apple’s most profitable quarters ever on record, which clearly doesn’t add up. Of course, Apple are also now entering the holiday quarter which always sees the company post amazing figures and profits over the period, so why still the downturn in shares?

Well Brian White of Topeka this morning decided he would tell everyone how “insane” the sell off of Apple stock is and that it is even more “insane” as they are coming up to their holiday quarter, and with the recent launch of the iPad Mini expecting sales to again be at a record high for this quarter. Sure enough, since this claim Apple’s share price has increased by 5% and is still on an upward incline at the time of writing this. Many other stock analysts are also on the same wavelength and telling investors the stock is cheap at the moment.

Surely Apple will be back to their top form of share prices soon.

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Apple Shares Soar Again

September 17th, 2012

apple stocksApple shares are soaring again post the iPhone 5 announcement.

The companies stock has been reaching record highs since the announcement of the New iPad this year and have well recovered after the mini slump of the iPhone 4S launch. Shares were also affected earlier this year when Steve Jobs sadly passed away, with shareholders not confident that the company could carry on without his influence.

The shares hit $696.98 on Friday as their market high so far, with the $700 per share in a stretching point, the stocks then floated around this mark, finally closing at $691.

Many investors have been speculating that the company will hit the market cap of $700 billion soon, and that they will become the worlds first trillion dollar company in the next few years. If the company continues to have product releases as successful as the iPhone 5 introduction has been then they are looking at hitting this target sooner rather than later!

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Could Apple Become the World’s first Trillion Dollar Company?

April 5th, 2012

With nothing stopping the Apple stock from soaring this year analysts are getting excited. They are predicting that the tech giant Apple could become the world’s first trillion dollar company as soon as 2014.

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster has made this prediction and has been watching Apple’s stock values increase for some time. On Monday when the prediction was made, the company stood at $576.79 billion on the stock market. Microsoft have previously set the all-time high for a companies market cap at $619 billion, which I’m sure won’t take Apple long to reach and surpass in their current field. However, for Gene Munster to predict the company almost doubling in worth in two years is a massive prediction. However, the current upward trend in the companies growth has seen their share price rise by 56% since the year began.

Apple of course will continue developing their existing product ranges, innovating new product ranges and of course moving into new markets, with particular focus on China and Eastern areas where there is massive potential for the company to increase their sales.

Do you think the prediction could be right? Or do you think it will take Apple longer?

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Apple Shares End January at High of $456.48

February 1st, 2012

Shares in Apple have been flying during January, and what better way to end the month than with record breaking quarterly earnings and a massive hike in the share price?

Of course the quarterly earnings report is part of the reason for the peak in the share price but Apple’s stocks have been on an upwards turn since the middle of November 2011, the report has only steepened the increase somewhat.

The tech giant’s stocks started the month over 50 points lower than where they have ended it, with Apple again taking the most valuable company crown away from Exxon Mobil. Apple’s market cap now stands at a massive $425.6 billion, compared to Exxon Mobil’s cap of $401.4 billion.

How do Wall Street and the rest of the world feel having Apple as the world’s most valuable company? And how does Tim Cook feel being CEO of said company? Quite happy I would think, knowing how many shares he has in Apple!

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Apple’s Record Breaking Q.1. Financial Results

January 26th, 2012

If anyone ever doubted Tim Cook at the helm of Apple then I believe these financial results will put their minds at ease. The company has recorded earnings of $46.33 billion, with net profit of $13.06 billion. And that is just for ¼ of a year!

To add to the results that just previous to this quarter Apple released the iPhone 4S instead of the much anticipated iPhone 5 which left most Apple fans upset. Then the sad loss of Steve Jobs was just previous to the start of this quarter, giving the company not the best start in the results table.

The records show the company has sold 37 million iPhones, 15 million iPads, 15.4 million iPods and 5.2 million Mac’s. All of the sales are massive increases from the year-ago quarter sales and show that Apple has great momentum for the upcoming months. Tim Cook also notes that Apple have some amazing new products in the pipeline.

All Wall Street Analysts were incredibly wrong in their sales predictions for the company, expecting a total revenue of just $39.23 billion, Apple have surpassed that figure by nearly 7 billion!

Congratulations Apple!

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Is Apple’s CEO The Best Paid CEO In America?

January 11th, 2012

It has been revealed yesterday in a report analysed by the Associated Press that Apple CEO Tim Cook could be the highest paid CEO in America.

The Associated Press estimate that Tim Cook’s annual pay packet is around $378 million. His salary and bonus make up about $900,000 of that total, with the rest being earned from the stock Tim was given as he took over as CEO of the company. The deal Apple gave him was designed to keep Tim at the head of the company for at least the next 10 years, with half of his shares maturing in 2016, and the other half in 2021.

It was always famously reported that former CEO Steve Jobs collected an annual salary from Apple of just $1, and it can be seen reported on the annual accounts as such. Of course Steve had a vast amount of shares in Apple Inc. which are worth about $2.3 billion.

With the company overall being valued at around $340 billion – how many banks do you think they could bail out?

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Apple Shares Hit All Time High of $427

January 9th, 2012

According to all reports, Apple have had a record quarter of sales (though official figures are yet to be announced). It was only a matter of time until the shares were going to reflect the all new highs reached by the company.

This morning as stock markets opened in America, shares in Apple hit an all-time high of $427 per share. The company previously reached highs in mid-October last year, after the initial downfall following Steve Jobs passing and Tim Cook being appointed as CEO. The company also felt a small drop in sales once the iPhone 4S had been announced, this is blamed on rumour sites siting an iPhone 5 complete redesign instead of the improved iPhone 4S.

The new shares high at $427 has meant the company reached a market cap of $398 billion.

I’m sure there is only one way things can continue to go from here for Apple… and that is up.

 

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