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May 22, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
For the second year in a row, Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, according to a study released Tuesday. Apple took top honors by increasing its brand value 19% to $182.9 billion, according to the Millward Brown's annual BrandZ study .  The Cupertino, Calif., company edged out IBM by nearly $30 billion, but in general, technology companies fared well in the study. Google traded spots with IBM and came in at third place while Microsoft landed in fifth place, with McDonald's as the only non-tech brand in the top five spots.
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March 22, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
For those of us not directly invested in Apple, the stock's trajectory over the last six months has been a thrill ride to rival anything you'll find at Magic Mountain. Since hitting an all-time peak of $705 in mid-September, the shares have been on a long slide, reaching $419 before recovering a bit to almost $462 last week. At the peak, learned Wall Street analysts were speculating about how high Apple could go and whether the sky really was the limit; at the current trough, they're all but proclaiming the end of the Apple era. Here are the questions on everyone's lips: Who's right?
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September 12, 2012 | By Joe Bel Bruno
Apple's stock barely budged after the technology giant unveiled the iPhone 5, which it bills as the world's thinnest smartphone. Investors seemed to shrug off the announcement -- but that's not entirely shocking. Apple shares have, on average, fallen 1.4% the day the company launched all of the previous incarnations of the iPhone, according to Morgan Stanley. PHOTOS: Apple iPhone 5 The investment bank said the week after Apple announcements haven't been all that hot either.
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March 4, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Apple's stock price continued its fall Monday, dragging the company's market value below $400 billion for the first time since January 2012.  In midday trading, Apple's stock was down $7.52, or 1.75%, to $422.95. That put its market capitalization at $397.54 billion. It also cost Apple the title of "world's most valuable company," losing it to Exxon Mobil Corp., which had a value of $ 399.69 billion in midday trading. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge Apple is on the verge of crashing through another low. On Jan. 24, 2012, Apple's stock closed at $420.41 per share, just before the company reported blowout earnings that sent its stock soaring to $ 446.66.  That momentum carried the stock through the year, on its way to peaking at $702.10 in September.
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January 24, 2013 | By Andrew Tangel
As Apple's luster dims on Wall Street, the tech giant's stock is becoming cheaper and cheaper. By at least one measure, Apple's stock is becoming a bargain. Its price-to-earnings ratio, a shorthand measure of value for stocks, has fallen well below the average of the broad Standard & Poor's 500 index. “The P/E is extremely low,” said Howard Silverblatt, senior index analyst for S&P Dow Jones Indices. As Apple's stock falls 10%, to $461.46, in early trading following Wednesday's disappointing earnings report, its P/E ratio -- based on the previous 12 months of earnings -- is down to 10.5.
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September 11, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
After many months of waiting and speculating, we're finally on the eve of what could be Apple's announcement of the iPhone 5. But what exactly will the phone include? And is the iPhone 5 the only thing Apple will announce? You can never be too sure with Apple, but here's what we think you can expect from the tech giant on Wednesday in San Francisco. iPhone 5 Expect Apple to announce the iPhone 5. After disappointing people with the iPhone 4S last year, which was basically just a software update with some internal improvements, Apple will likely make a splash with the next iPhone.
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January 19, 2011 | By Jessica Guynn and Tiffany Hsu, Los Angeles Times
Apple found a way to divert attention from Chief Executive Steve Jobs' health Tuesday ? a blowout $6 billion in profit. A day after Jobs stunned investors and employees alike by announcing he was taking medical leave for the third time in seven years, Apple Inc. crushed analysts' estimates with record first-quarter revenue and earnings. The company's stock rallied on the report, buoyed by impressive sales of iPhones, iPads and a pipeline of consumer gadgets. Shares fell a less-than-anticipated 2.2% to $340.
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October 31, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
The latest version of Apple's music player, iTunes 11, which was expected this month, won't be available until the end of November, the company said. The update is to add several features, change some portions of iTunes' design and, most important, better integrate it with iCloud, the Cupertino-based company's cloud-computing service. But Apple failed to meet its late-October deadline for the update, telling CNET this week that it hopes to release iTunes 11 next month. "The new iTunes is taking longer than expected, and we wanted to take a little extra time to get it right," Apple spokesman Tom Neumayr told CNET . "We look forward to releasing this new version of iTunes with its dramatically simpler and cleaner interface, and seamless integration with iCloud, before the end of November.
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February 21, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
A hiring freeze at Foxconn, Apple's biggest supplier, has caused the Cupertino tech giant's stock price to drop since Wednesday, when news of the freeze broke. According to both the Financial Times and Bloomberg , Foxconn won't hire any more employees until the end of March. But there's some confusion as to why that is. Citing unnamed sources, the Financial Times report says a drop in demand for the iPhone 5 is behind the hiring freeze. QUIZ: Test your Apple knowledge "Foxconn's demand for workers this year was as low as that in 2009," a source in the report said.
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March 22, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Are you struggling with a multiremote system at home? Do you wish you could control your television, DVR and DVD player with one single remote that wouldn't be a pain to program? Do you think that remote should be your iPhone? Then get psyched: On Thursday Patently Apple turned up a patent filed by Apple that shows the company is hard at work designing the remote control of your dreams. Apple's patent, which the company filed in the third quarter of 2010, would allow you to take a picture of an existing piece of electronic equipment - your television for example, and send it to the iCloud, where Apple would determine the type of device you want to control as well as the make and the model of that device.
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