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New CEO Tim Cook (L) and former CEO Steve Jobs (R)
No Steve Jobs? No problem!

When Steve Jobs announced that he was resigning as CEO of Apple last month, many wondered how the market would respond to the news. With Tim Cook at the helm as the new CEO of Apple, investors need not worry -- in fact, Apple's stock is performing better than ever.

AAPL hit a high of $411.85 today and is now hovering around the $410 mark with just under an hour left before trading ends today. The stock is up 2.4 percent today while the overall market is down 1.28 percent. 

Apple Inc. now has a market cap of $380 billion compared to $355 billion for Exxon Mobile Corporation.



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RE: Sell Time
By michael2k on 9/22/2011 12:29:41 PM , Rating: 2
It's not inevitable that the stock value will decrease unless they diversify away from high margin, first to market devices.

What you're saying is they need to move to lower margin mass market devices, and that is no guarantee that their stock value will increase.

The hard question is if there are still high margin products Apple can continue to grow into. If there are then Apple's growth will continue.

One huge market you seem to have missed is the PC market. 450m PCs are sold a year at about $600 to $1200 that Apple doesn't tap into. The ASP for the Mac is $1400. Roughly that means there's 400m PCs sold a year Apple isn't profiting from.

Guess what? They can now sell a $500 to $800 device. Imagine if they slapped a keyboard onto it and sell it for $600 to $900. That's a huge untapped market going forward in the next decade.

Apple is absolutely constrained to use hardware the rest of the industry develops. The key is that due to their large warchest, they can tap into the hardware a year or two before everyone else does and lock up the market.

They've successfully done so for over a decade now: iPod, with the 1.8" HDD, iPod with the 1" HDD, Flash for iPods, iPhones, shuffles, iPads, and MBAs, multitouch screens for iPhones and iPads, high resolution screens for iPhones and iPod touches, etc.

Much longer is the question, yes? They've done it since 2001. What makes you think 2012 is going to be different?


RE: Sell Time
By mindless1 on 9/22/2011 6:33:04 PM , Rating: 2
I didn't claim it would happen as soon as 2012, but the difference is they are running out of *new* devices and features that people are willing to pay a premium for.

Technology gains are making the features worth the price premium, cheaper to implement and those subsets of features, while they were adopted earlier by Apple, are now going to trickle down to lower cost manufacturers.

I realize you don't understand, and I am done discussing it because it's silly, I was making a prediction and will be proven correct over the course of time without any need to prove it to you.


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