December 17, 2012 |
Another day, another few billion dollars of Apple's market cap bounced around like a ping-pong ball by the stock market. After flirting with the $500 barrier early in trading on Monday, the stock rebounded and was up 0.48% to $ 512.25 in mid-day trading. The gut-wrenching ride seemed to be driven by the usual mixed bag of data points. PHOTO TIMELINE: Apple, from Foxconn uprising to a Mini roll-out It's become almost routine, as I wrote over the weekend in a story that tried to explain the extraordinary economic impact and volatility of Apple's stock . But there was a related question that people discussed in the reporting of that story that I didn't include: Is there anything Apple could do to reduce the volatility of its stock?
August 25, 2011 |
Steve Jobs, the visionary co-founder of Apple Inc. and driving force behind a string of products that revolutionized the consumer-electronics industry, stepped down as chief executive but was named chairman of the board, the company said late Wednesday. His relinquishing of daily control had been widely anticipated since he took an extended medical leave earlier this year. Jobs, 56, had a liver transplant two years ago and underwent surgery for pancreatic cancer seven years ago. Photos: Steve Jobs and Apple's influence "I have always said if there ever came a day when I could no longer meet my duties and expectations as Apple's CEO, I would be the first to let you know," he wrote in a letter to the board Wednesday.
July 24, 2012 |
Apple Inc. under the leadership of Steve Jobs was never known for giving particularly good guidance to Wall Street when it came to how much the tech giant might earn. Things appear to have gotten a whole lot uglier under Tim Cook. There are 42 analysts that track Apple's stock, and every single one of them got it wrong. Apple turned in third-quarter earnings of $9.32 a share. Analysts' estimates were for $10.37, with the lowest projection coming in at $9.45 and the highest at $12.51.
August 13, 2013 |
Investor Carl Icahn announced Tuesday on Twitter that he had made a large investment in Apple Inc., calling the stock "undervalued. " The influential investor has become increasingly active in the tech sector in recent years. News that he has taken a stake in Apple predictably sent the stock soaring up $26.29, or 5.63%, to $ 493.65 in midday trading. PHOTOS: Six things rich tech execs splurge on Apple investors, who have endured a rough year as they watched the stock tumble from its all-time high last September, could barely contain their glee . For the moment, Icahn said he is requesting that Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook and company officials pursue a bigger buyback of its stock to help raise the value.
April 23, 2013 |
Apple's stock is on a tear following the electronics giant's announcement it would buy back $60 billion in stock and boost its dividend 15% to $3.05 a share. The huge buyback plan and dividend increase eclipsed a somewhat disappointing second-quarter earnings report in which profit dipped for the first time in a decade. The company also forecast that its earnings in the current quarter would be lower. Apple shares are up more than $20 to $426.79 in after-hours trading. The stock closed at $406.13, up $7.64, in regular trading.
August 7, 2012 |
Along with the news that there would not be a native YouTube app on iOS 6, Apple injected some humor -- a very unusual move for the Cupertino, Calif., company -- and "Rickrolled" its developers in a recent change log for its next mobile operating system. As you might know, Rickrolling is emailing someone a link that claims to go to a particular website but actually sends them to a YouTube video of Rick Astley's 1987 song "Never Gonna Give You Up. " In this instance, Apple was explaining the proper way to embed videos in iOS 6 and used the Rickroll as its example.
September 12, 2012 |
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.
February 1, 2013 |
[This post has been updated .] The panel at Macworld was called "The State of Apple 2013. " But it could just as well have been called "In Defense of Apple. " The Friday afternoon panel was moderated by Macworld senior editor Dan Moren and gathered four panelists he described as Apple fans. The group included Ryan Block, co-founder of the blog gdgt ; Christina Bonnington, a Wired writer; Jacqui Cheng, a senior editor at Ars Technica ; and John Gruber, who writes the influential Daring Fireball blog.
October 30, 2012 |
SAN FRANCISCO - In the biggest management shake-up since Tim Cook took the helm, Apple has ousted two top executives blamed for a pair of embarrassing missteps. Apple Inc. said Scott Forstall, its longtime executive and a protege of co-founder Steve Jobs, was leaving the company. As head of the mobile software division, Forstall oversaw the iOS operating system that runs the best-selling iPhone and iPad that together account for the bulk of Apple's sales. But the 15-year Apple veteran also was responsible for one of the company's highest-profile gaffes: replacing Google Inc.'s maps with Apple's own faulty mapping software.
June 25, 2012 |
Losing your company $2 billion apparently causes investors to respect you less, according to a recent survey conducted by Barron's. After an investment group within JPMorgan was found to have lost $2 billion in trading, the bank's listing on Barron's annual survey dropped to 49th this year from 14th last year. After the loss, JPMorgan's chief executive apologized for the risky trading before a congressional committee. Apple again took the top spot, even after its leadership changed when Steve Jobs died last fall.