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It wasn't the answer in 1996, it's not the answer now.

Indeed. Even less the answer now. 75 million iOS devices sold in one quarter!

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Exactly, it's all bullshit. There were analysts yesterday saying Apple would report a loss. The whole thing is a joke. I'm going to get a margin call tomorrow. I've lost everything. I was never meant to be a stock trader. Time to get serious about focusing on my acting career.

I feel your pain. I bought a bunch at $679. It's been all downhill since then. Maybe I should announce when I buy so others can sell. :(

 

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Exactly, it's all bullshit. There were analysts yesterday saying Apple would report a loss. The whole thing is a joke. I'm going to get a margin call tomorrow. I've lost everything. I was never meant to be a stock trader. Time to get serious about focusing on my acting career.

So sorry to hear that. Unfortunately, buying on margin always has its dicey component. There's no way around that.

 

I am not only holding on to mine, but going in for a little more with some stuff that I am selling in my portfolio. It might go down a bit more, but for the longer haul -- my time frame is 3 - 5 years -- I have absolutely no doubt about where it's headed.

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Exactly, it's all bullshit. There were analysts yesterday saying Apple would report a loss. The whole thing is a joke. I'm going to get a margin call tomorrow. I've lost everything. I was never meant to be a stock trader. Time to get serious about focusing on my acting career.


It's not bullshit.  The market doesn't price in current performance, the market is always anticipating the future, and prices are always relative to valuation, not absolute. 

 

Also, the drop tomorrow may not be as bad as after hours today, low volume + disappointment always causes a much bigger move than it would in an open market.  My condolences if you did lose everything, take it as a learning experience.  I lost a ton of money before I could consistently make money. 

 

And finally, never trade on margin.  It's simply too risky.  Day trading with a cash account is much safer, I personally stay in a position for an average of 2 weeks and only trade cash. 

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Agreed, but there is some merit to the argument that hardware eventually becomes a commodity.  At some point my iPhone will be good enough that I just don't care about the next feature.  If people start using their iPhones for 5 years, Apple isn't going to be making very much money. 

 

This is actually a good point and, further, stock prices are about the future more than the present.

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NFLX? And in a matter of minutes and hours, forget about months or years. Up almost 36% in after hours today.lol.gif

They made some good moves in the last few weeks.
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post #47 of 144

what this all proves beyond question is that Wall Street is (substantially? essentially?) fake. don't look behind the curtain! up is down!!

 

two word proof: (1) Apple (2) Amazon.

 

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what this all proves beyond question is that Wall Street is (substantially? essentially?) fake. don't look behind the curtain! up is down!!

 

two word proof: (1) Apple (2) Amazon.

 

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Amazon enjoys a de-facto monopoly in their core business, are expanding quickly into other businesses, and have a booming cloud infrastructure business as well.  Their 'net income' is so low only because they are very aggressively reinvesting in their business to keep expanding. 

 

Amazon does consumer goods, electronics, cloud infrastructure, media, retail, etc...  They're in many businesses, and dominating several. 

 

But you have to also look at valuations - Apple has already become a 500 billion dollar company, Amazon is still much smaller, with a market cap of only 120 billion... 

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Apple is a hardware company. Unless they license iOS at $300 a pop, it ain't gonna happen.

Apple is the best software company in the world, and packaging it in gorgeous hardware that they can't make fast enough. At this stage, investors are obviously, mindlessly rewarding market share.
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Exactly, it's all bullshit. There were analysts yesterday saying Apple would report a loss. The whole thing is a joke. I'm going to get a margin call tomorrow. I've lost everything. I was never meant to be a stock trader. Time to get serious about focusing on my acting career.


Seriously?

 

That's the absolute shits.

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Amazon enjoys a de-facto monopoly in their core business, are expanding quickly into other businesses, and have a booming cloud infrastructure business as well.  Their 'net income' is so low only because they are very aggressively reinvesting in their business to keep expanding. 

 

Amazon does consumer goods, electronics, cloud infrastructure, media, retail, etc...  They're in many businesses, and dominating several. 

 

But you have to also look at valuations - Apple has already become a 500 billion dollar company, Amazon is still much smaller, with a market cap of only 120 billion... 

bull-puky.

 

Amazon's "monopoly" doesn't exist now. there are dozens of major web shopping competitors globally - including Google now rapidly growing in aggressiveness, the best positioned of all - and direct web sales by every retailer too (like Apple for good example). and this global web competition can only increase. Amazon is stuck forever in an extremely low-margin "supermarket" type business. all those "other businesses" are still sidelines. when they amount to something real and big, let me know. WalMart only has to beat its local brick and mortar competition. Amazon has to defeat the universe. ain't gonna work.

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But you have to also look at valuations - Apple has already become a 500 billion dollar company, Amazon is still much smaller, with a market cap of only 120 billion... 

Groan.

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Amazon enjoys a de-facto monopoly in their core business, are expanding quickly into other businesses, and have a booming cloud infrastructure business as well.  Their 'net income' is so low only because they are very aggressively reinvesting in their business to keep expanding. 

Amazon does consumer goods, electronics, cloud infrastructure, media, retail, etc...  They're in many businesses, and dominating several. 

Maybe, but Amazon is in fundamentally a low margin business. When you're reselling a product that someone else makes, you will never get huge margins. If you try, someone else will sell it for less.

Apple's NET profit was around 25% of sales. That's after subtracting all your direct costs and overheads AND reinvesting in new business. Amazon's net is 0.3% of sales. Even if they increase their sales 10 fold, they're still only going to be generating a tiny fraction of the profits that Apple generates - and when you consider the opportunity cost, it's a huge loser (you can put the money in the bank and earn more than that).

By ANY reasonable standard, AMZN's P/E is ridiculously high and AAPL's is ridiculously low.
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By ANY reasonable standard, AMZN's P/E is ridiculously high and AAPL's is ridiculously low.

 

Then open short AMZN and long on APPL. 1wink.gif

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Exactly, it's all bullshit. There were analysts yesterday saying Apple would report a loss. The whole thing is a joke. I'm going to get a margin call tomorrow. I've lost everything. I was never meant to be a stock trader. Time to get serious about focusing on my acting career.

 

Sorry to hear that, but that's a lesson learned. As irrational as the market was last year in driving Apple up to $700 it is irrational now dragging it down into the $400s on record profits. Don't trade in any individual stock more than you can lose. Index funds are the best bet (low fees, and you are not tied to any particular stock). Warren Buffett comes along once or twice a lifetime. The rest of us should diversify. I lost money today, but only a few thousand, and I'm still net positive on my net investment.

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Amazon enjoys a de-facto monopoly in their core business, are expanding quickly into other businesses, and have a booming cloud infrastructure business as well.  Their 'net income' is so low only because they are very aggressively reinvesting in their business to keep expanding. 

 

Amazon does consumer goods, electronics, cloud infrastructure, media, retail, etc...  They're in many businesses, and dominating several. 

 

 

Except that Amazon has been "reinvesting" since they have been in existence. The market should be asking Jeff Bezos when he actually plans on making money, unless they plan on keeping the stock until 5013.

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I think it's clear that the market doesn't have faith in Cook. He just lacks charisma and Apple hasn't had a blowout product announcement in a long time.

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In an Apple style world, Apple no longer has a unique product to sell. That is the problem.

So is that why they sold more iPhones than ever before this past quarter? Is that why they just had one of their best quarters ever? Is that why they are sitting on $136 Billion on cash?

 

Do you even realize how abjectly stupid your post is?

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Why is anybody surprised by the stock tanking?

 

The market is rightfully spooked.  First, the falling margins.  Next, and more importantly, most of Apple's earnings come from iPhone sales.  And iPhone sales missed.  Investors trade on forward earnings.  And many suspect that Apple may be starting to see stiff competition finally, possibly driving both sales and margins lower.  Man, if I knew the numbers would have been this bad, I would have shorted the stock.  This fear of competition is exactly why Apple's PE has always been lower than you would expect.  People compare Apple to Amazon and GE.  If you do that, you are thinking like a fanboy and not an investor.  As an investor, you should be scared of a company dependent on one product which they launch once a year, and which is starting to face growing headwinds, and running out of new markets to exploit (as in places where people can afford $800 iPhones).  Amazon and GE are substantially more diversified, strong in multiple markets and don't yet have major competition that could kill their earnings with just one bad product launch.  This risk is why investors discount the stock.

 

Crying about how markets are failing and capitalism is just fanboy drivel from those who don't understand how markets work and what drives investor sentiment.

 

Now, I've bought AAPL and suffered a bit of a hit on paper, but for me, it's one stock in my portfolio and I don't day trade.  I've bought those shares and they'll be in there till I die or Apple does.  I know Apple will eventually transition to a stable blue chip paying solid dividends, rather than a growth company sitting on more money than God. 

 

But for me, my new growth stock is TSLA.  Musk might actually be even more of a visionary than Jobs.  The guy has actually taken 3 companies to billion dollar valuations from virtually nothing.  And all in markets where he would face remarkable and entrenched resistance.

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I think it's clear that the market doesn't have faith in Cook. He just lacks charisma and Apple hasn't had a blowout product announcement in a long time.

It's been like a whole 3 months. Apple is doomed¡ 1rolleyes.gif

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I'm sure analysts will be clamoring for Apple to pump out that cheap iPhone now to move more volume wise than focusing on the fact they still  made more money...

And the iPhone Max, Apple TV etc

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Apple can't go private.  The market cap is way too high.  Who could possibly afford to buy it?

Laurel Powell Jobs?

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Laurel Powell Jobs?

Is she getting gender reassignment?

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Apple can't charge $600 for an iPhone in China and take any appreciable amount of the market.

Ironic? that China is the key market for resellers going grey and selling the phones for 2-3 times that while they wait for their government to approve the iPhone for sale each year.

We'll see how this new finance thing goes in terms of increasing share in the area

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Apple is the best software company in the world, and packaging it in gorgeous hardware that they can't make fast enough. At this stage, investors are obviously, mindlessly rewarding market share.

Good point.

Everyone says Apple needs more market share because they are getting creamed across the globe by Android.

No one can argue that Android has a ton of market share... it absolutely does.

But no one wants to comment on all those $100 phones sold in developing nations that are stuck on Gingerbread. Maybe market share isn't all it's cracked up to be.
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"If the stock keeps going down they could buy themselves with the cash they have. Get the stock down to $200 and it could be done."

Since companies are owned by people, who would own Apple if they took it private? Who is "they"? So Tim Cook, Jony Ive, etal, are going to take that $140 Billion in cash, that's not theirs by the way, but rather belongs to the shareholders, and buy the company?

Apple stock at $200? Who ARE you?
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So is that why they sold more iPhones than ever before this past quarter? Is that why they just had one of their best quarters ever? Is that why they are sitting on $136 Billion on cash?

 

Do you even realize how abjectly stupid your post is?

 

Except that from an investor stand point, he may be right.

 

Apple's a growth stock.  A lot of their valuation is based on the expectation of Apple coming out with something game changing periodically that will blow up earnings with revenue from a new market.

 

And Apple's now running out of new markets to exploit.  The next big one will be TV.  But that's a tough nut to crack.  Even for Apple.

 

And worse, their competition isn't a company that cares about hardware margins that Apple is so reliant on.  Samsung may not be, but Google is incentivized to sell their wares as cheaply as possible and to commoditize the very market that Apple is so reliant on for their stratospheric profits.  Look at the $300 Nexus 4.  Look at the end of subsidies at T-Mobile USA.  These are all real threats to Apple in the long run.  The latter particularly so.  Phone subsidies are virtually a direct transfer of profits from the telcos to Apple.  Telcos and their shareholders resent being held hostage and forced to pay Apple exorbitant subsidies when there are similar hardware devices for less than the cost of the subsidy.  There's a real risk that more telcos will follow T-Mobile's lead.  What would be your projection for the stock price if more telcos balked at subsidies or decided they would sharply limit them (say $300 for 2 years...making Nexus 4 free and making the iPhone 5 $350 for 2 years)?

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Maybe, but Amazon is in fundamentally a low margin business. When you're reselling a product that someone else makes, you will never get huge margins. If you try, someone else will sell it for less.

Apple's NET profit was around 25% of sales. That's after subtracting all your direct costs and overheads AND reinvesting in new business. Amazon's net is 0.3% of sales. Even if they increase their sales 10 fold, they're still only going to be generating a tiny fraction of the profits that Apple generates - and when you consider the opportunity cost, it's a huge loser (you can put the money in the bank and earn more than that).

By ANY reasonable standard, AMZN's P/E is ridiculously high and AAPL's is ridiculously low.

 

What would Apple's stock price be if they had a single disastrous iPhone launch (think "you're holding it wrong"...but that turns out to be a real flaw")?  That risk is exactly why AAPL's PE is "ridiculously low".

 

Amazon is no where as dependent on any single market as Apple is on the iPhone.  So naturally, if iPhone sales miss, the stock will tank.  AAPL is really an iPhone growth story.  

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After hours trading is very light.  I think we'll see the stock come back most if not all of that 10%.  I think Wall Street knew revenue would be light, which is why the stock has been pummeled for the last few months.

 

I think what is really going on here is people that bought the iphone 4S can't upgrade for free until 18 months or more.  The device isn't enough better to justify paying full price.  I think Apple will continue to sell throughout the year as people's contracts are renewed.  I don't think people are leaving Apple for other devices.

 

The mac and ipad lineups will take off again when Apple switches to IGZO displays and produces higher resolution with better power usage and thinner devices.

 

This train has plenty of steam to keep going.  Wait for 9 more months.  

 

You're making a few obvious mistakes here though like: 

 

- You think that "Wall Street" knows anything

- You seem to believe the stock market is somehow a rational thing. 

- You (crazily) seem to believe that "missing consensus estimates" equates to poor sales. 

- You mysteriously think that sales one of the fastest selling and most popular products in the world today (the iPad and iPad mini) have slowed (they haven't). 

 

In fact almost all the assumptions that underline your post are completely without support.  In your defence, yours is the majority position and many people think the same, but that doesn't make them right or change the facts. 

 

As much as I hate 9to5Mac, I think all you really need to know to really understand what's going on here is the headline from one of their latest stories

 

"Apple reports the largest corporate earnings in the history of the earth, stock down 10%"

 

Yeah, those Wall street guys really know what's going on.  You should keep listening to them. 

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Steve Jobs died a little more than a year ago.

 

Even when he was alive, it wasn't like Apple was releasing groundbreaking, disruptive products every year. There were many years in between those disruptive products, like from the iPod, to the iPhone.

 

Apple has released more disruptive products than any other tech company, yet some fools who don't know much about anything expect Apple to re-invent the wheel every 12 months.

The issue at hand isn't that Apple constantly released groundbreaking products before and now does not.  It's that Steve Jobs was seen as the reason that Apple could release such products, and it hasn't been proven since his death that they still can.

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Is she getting gender reassignment?

 

eh?

 

Laurel is a girls name (despite the error). 

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I don't blame the stock for falling. After Steve Jobs, Tim Cook needs to prove Apple isn't turning into another Sony. And the veil of secrecy Apple keeps doest not provide any comfort to investors in addition to the gigantic mistakes that have been made - Maps, a corporate reshuffling of executives and production problems - you can't buy an iMac without waiting 4 weeks and I had to wait 6 weeks for my iPhone 5.

There's no way I would invest in Apple right now.


The maps was such a "disaster" that people use the new maps more than they used the old maps before, in addition they forced Google to make features available for the iPhone that Google wanted to keep an Android exclusive, i.e. turn-by-turn directions and vector maps. iPhone users, and thus Apple won all the way.

 

The corporate reshuffling wasn't a mistake, it got some obstructionists out of the way who tried to elbow their way into Cook's chair and are responsible for some of the nasty directions Apple software and GUI has developed in recent years (i.e. dumbing down beyond the point of useful simplicity).

 

The iMac problem, well, not ideal, but not the first time, and it's nothing that stops sales, just delays them. If Apple doesn't use cutting edge stuff, they stop being Apple, and using cutting edge stuff means that occasionally there are lower than expected production yields and snafus as production is ramped up. It's an intrinsic part of Apple being Apple.

 

People should not invest in a company they don't understand. Too many investors jumped onto Apple the way they jumped onto Madoff funds: expecting an ever growing miracle. Apple is a real company operating in the real world, where shit happens. However, Apple is extremely well managed, and so even things that would be major problems in other companies Apple puts away without a decline in profits and significantly growing overall revenue.

 

I hope we're finally done shaking the unrealistic investors (and I hope that somehow some of the institutional options traders who have distorted the stock price lately were at least for one day on the wrong side of the trade and lost their shirts, too), such that we can back to sensible investing.

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Laurel is a girls name (despite the error). 

 

He might be thinking of Laurel and Hardy. It's a last name, but a man held it.

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There's just a TINY chance that Apple will also be able to figure out payments. Oh wait, they did already… …and you’re already fucked.

 

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Apple can't charge $600 for an iPhone in China and take any appreciable amount of the market. 

 

I'd like to test your theory with a larger than 4" premium iPhone sold in China with Apple's normal margins attached.

 

My guess... you'd get a helluva surprise.

 

[and/or as Dick says, put phone capabilities into the iPad Mini]


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No. Seriously. It's like they just copied and pasted articles from 1996, changing product names and dates… 

 

http://www.valuewalk.com/2013/01/apple-inc-aapl-first-to-the-tech-grave-yard/

http://www.insidermonkey.com/blog/could-this-be-the-demise-of-apple-inc-aapls-earnings-41284/

 

These people need fired for gross stupidity.

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In an Apple style world, Apple no longer has a unique product to sell. That is the problem.

 

They would except for the failure of the law to back them up on the patent stuff.  1frown.gif

The only other player making any inroads at all is Samsung which rode to fame on Apple's back due to Google's evil plan to steal iOS and the reluctance of the courts to support long established law.  

 

In any case, people forget that Apple doesn't *want* the whole market.  Here I'll say it again ... APPLE DOESN'T WANT THE WHOLE MARKET.  

The bottom end of the market is anyone's to take and lets face it, what better to fill that space than a ripped off clone of iOS (Android).  

 

What the failure of a much better (better than Android that is) mobile OS (WebOS), and the complete failure of a reasonably stupid but at least *original* mobile OS (WindPhone 8 Metrospecial Extreme), proves is that people don't want two completely different mobile OS's.  What they really seem to want is iOS ... and a cheap copy of it.  It really makes a lot of sense when you think about it.  

 

What would have happened if Microsoft Windows hadn't captured the whole desktop pie?  Would we really be using three or four or five completely different desktop operating systems that all operated different ways?  Really?  Would it really have made sense to have a certain part of the market on Windows, some on Mac, some on OS/2, some on Solaris, some on Atari, some on Amiga?  

 

Isn't it true that Mac OS didn't really "take off," and that OS-X only became super popular at the exact moment that it started to operate so much like Windows that a user could easily transpose their skills to the new platform?  

 

It would be quite easy to construct an argument that the only possible alternative to iOS devices are things that act very very much like iOS devices.  Different isn't selling right now. 

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So is that why they sold more iPhones than ever before this past quarter? Is that why they just had one of their best quarters ever? Is that why they are sitting on $136 Billion on cash?

 

Do you even realize how abjectly stupid your post is?

 

Except that from an investor stand point, he may be right.

 

Apple's a growth stock.  A lot of their valuation is based on the expectation of Apple coming out with something game changing periodically that will blow up earnings with revenue from a new market.

 

And Apple's now running out of new markets to exploit.  The next big one will be TV.  But that's a tough nut to crack.  Even for Apple.

 

And worse, their competition isn't a company that cares about hardware margins that Apple is so reliant on.  Samsung may not be, but Google is incentivized to sell their wares as cheaply as possible and to commoditize the very market that Apple is so reliant on for their stratospheric profits.  Look at the $300 Nexus 4.  Look at the end of subsidies at T-Mobile USA.  These are all real threats to Apple in the long run.  The latter particularly so.  Phone subsidies are virtually a direct transfer of profits from the telcos to Apple.  Telcos and their shareholders resent being held hostage and forced to pay Apple exorbitant subsidies when there are similar hardware devices for less than the cost of the subsidy.  There's a real risk that more telcos will follow T-Mobile's lead.  What would be your projection for the stock price if more telcos balked at subsidies or decided they would sharply limit them (say $300 for 2 years...making Nexus 4 free and making the iPhone 5 $350 for 2 years)?

 

Look at it from a different point of view: the pile of cash Apple is sitting on is more than $100/stock. So the valuation of the company (minus cash), is only $350 (given the after hours trading range). Apple also pays more dividend than a government bond pays in interest.

 

So consider Apple for a moment like a utlity stock: people will keep buying smart phones, computers, tablets, etc. People are lazy switching platforms once they are in a particular eco system. If Apple just is good enough at keeping up with everyone else, without being the leaps and bounds leader, then they can make enough revenue and profits to justify the stock price with ZERO GROWTH.

But even that would be hard to do, because there are significant markets Apple has barely started to tap into, so even without groundbreaking new products, Apple has years of growth ahead.

 

Apple is certainly not asleep at the wheel; they innovate on many levels, down to things like alternative energy sources, so they have IP they can license for revenue streams investors don't even think about. And that's without going into potential future markets such as embedded systems (home/car), TV, photo/video, etc.

 

Plus they still have a huge pile of cash with which to buy into growth opportunities in case they totally forgot how to innovate.

 

And investors forget, that while Jobs was involved with a lot of things and had his names on a few patents in the sense that he was involved in details of design and such, it's not Jobs' engineering skills, etc. that produced these products. The innovation at Apple comes from the many smart people who work for the company, Jobs was mainly a great figurehead, leader, marketing guy; a person around which the media could focus the cult of Apple; but nowhere near as important as people make him out to be, aside from breaking out from certain common "wisdoms" such as e.g. false cost cutting, etc.

But these important deviations have long become part of the Apple corporate fabric, they don't rely on Jobs being there to remain there for a long time to come.

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He might be thinking of Laurel and Hardy. It's a last name, but a man held it.

 

Right.  I haven't ever met a Laurel (first name) that wasn't female but I hadn't thought of famous last names.  

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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

He might be thinking of Laurel and Hardy. It's a last name, but a man held it.

I am. I haven't known anyone else with that name and assumed it was the first name so my association is that it's male only.

Since it's a unisex name my joke clearly doesn't work. Oh well. The one time I don't do any research. 1hmm.gif
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Originally Posted by jason98 View Post

Then open short AMZN and long on APPL. 1wink.gif

I am.
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Originally Posted by Haysdb View Post

"If the stock keeps going down they could buy themselves with the cash they have. Get the stock down to $200 and it could be done."

Since companies are owned by people, who would own Apple if they took it private? Who is "they"? So Tim Cook, Jony Ive, etal, are going to take that $140 Billion in cash, that's not theirs by the way, but rather belongs to the shareholders, and buy the company?

Apple stock at $200? Who ARE you?

While I agree that $200 is ridiculous (but, then, so is $460), the way it works (as you know) is that companies don't buy themselves. When a company goes private and delists, SOMEONE has to put up the money. What would happen is that someone would put together a consortium of buyers who would put up the money to buy all outstanding shares. Typically, that would be a private equity group. If that were to happen, the private equity group would own the company and shareholders would not. Typically, the management team would be given a percentage of the company in the transaction.

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Except that from an investor stand point, he may be right.

Apple's a growth stock.  A lot of their valuation is based on the expectation of Apple coming out with something game changing periodically that will blow up earnings with revenue from a new market.

That, of course, ignores the simple fact that a 'growth stock' trading at a forward cash-adjusted P/E below 7 is not a growth stock by any normal definition.
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