Is Apple's Afterhours Weakness Based On The Assessment Of A Less Than Credible "Doctor?"

Tyler Durden's picture

As is by now well-known, Apple stock is underperforming after hours following reports of an allegedly sickly-looking Steve Jobs leaving the Stanford cancer center. The National Enquirer has released photos supposedly of an emaciated Jobs, yet one who is not readily identifiable as the Apple CEO. The National Enquirer, who initially reported the news today (to be published tomorrow), talked to critical-care physician Dr. Samuel Jacobson,
who said, “Judging from the photos, he is close to terminal. I would
say he has six weeks.” That said, given the reliability of The National
Enquirer, waiting for further news before jumping to conclusions is
advised. Furthermore, as TNW reports, "We’ve done a little digging into Dr. Samuel Jacobson. Jacobson appears
to be a Florida based pulmonologist (breathing doctor) – not Oncologist.
Which would naturally make you wonder just how qualified he is to
diagnose someone via a photo, especially outside of his speciality.
" Obviously, a prudent question. While there is still no definitive confirmation either way, and Apple has not issued any statement, the stock has moved on the news, and we believe that this information should be shared as it is in the public doman and market moving.

The National Enquirer photo (via TNW).

And more from TNW:

It has been confirmed today that Steve Jobs is receiving treatment for cancer in the Stanford Cancer Center in Palo Alto, California. RadarOnine
reported today that it’s the same Clinic where Hollywood Actor the Late
Patrick Swayze was undergoing chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer in
April 2009.

There has been no formal confirmation of what type of cancer Jobs is
being treated for or if he is being treated at all for cancer from the
Apple spokes team. Jobs was not forthcoming about the reason he took a
medical leave of absence.

Photographs of the 55-year-old Apple CEO were taken on Febuary the
8th outside the clinic and are reported to be published by the The
National Enquirer tomorrow morning.

In one photo, Jobs was getting out of his car a day after a full day
of work at the company’s Cupertino campus. The photos show Mr Jobs
looking painfully frail and weak, with his jeans and dark top hanging
loosely on his 6ft 2in, thin body.

Jobs has previously withheld information on his health, such as when
he was treated for a form of pancreatic cancer in 2004 and underwent a
liver transplant in 2009, something that worries Apple investors who
feel the company’s future rests in his visionary leadership.

The Daily Mail spoke to Dr Jerome Spunberg,
a certified Oncologist with 40 years experience, who said: “Mr Jobs is
most likely getting outpatient chemotherapy at Stanford because the
cancer has recurred.”

He continues: “He is terminal. What you are seeing is extreme muscle
wasting from calorie depravation, most likely caused by cancer. He has
no muscle left in his buttocks, which is the last place to go. He
definitely appears to be in the terminal stages of his life from these
photos. I would be surprised if he weighed more than 130lb.”



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GS is short Gold's picture

that's not even Jobs, totally fake picture. I hate bullshit stories like this.

Mr Lennon Hendrix's picture

Whoever it is looks like Alan Greenspan, poor guy.

Pool Shark's picture

As a doctor, I assure you he looks terminal.


(Did I forget to mention I'm a Juris Doctor?)

Tapeworm's picture

Aw crap, that's just Shmuel Jacobson, the noted Russian stock manipulator at his craft again.

Michael's picture

Here is the real Doctor.

I uploaded a new Youtube video I made.

FOX News Deception CPAC Official Uncut Announcements 2010 Vs 2011

Id fight Gandhi's picture

The best thing we can all do is figure how to profit from this right?

Sad as it is, money will make us feel better.

Long dated out of money puts?

quintago's picture

Steve Jobs getting out of a 1996-2000 Honda Civic Coupe? Unlikely. What a load...

djsmps's picture

Are you turning into Business Insider or CNBC? Exploiting pseudo news and then talking about the stock collapse. It's down three dollars. Jesus.

My sister has survived two bouts of cancer, one of which was a fatal brain tumor 13 years ago. Her breast cancer was 16 years ago.

Tyler Durden's picture

Reading the headline may be a useful first step toward factual comprehension.

Jump The Shark's picture

The National Enquirer has good stuff.

bob_dabolina's picture

I read in a similar publication that the reason for him being so skinny is because he is pregnant with alien twins and it is draining his mana.

This is normal just before giving birth. AAPL stock is fine.


StychoKiller's picture

Other headlines in the issue:

"Two-headed baby kills own mother!"

"I sold my family as sausages - story of fiend butcher"

theXman's picture

Pancreatic cancer is almost always terminal. My mother died of that in 2009. It's just a matter of time before chemo can no longer hold back the cancer cells. Next you won't be able to eat anything. But IV can keep you going for weeks. Then it is all over.

I'm very sadden by this news -- it brought back painful memories.


Millivanilli's picture

Fuck you faggot.  The man was telling us about his dead as door nail mother. Have some fucking respect.  

hedgeless_horseman's picture

Marla Singer: Candy-stripe a cancer ward. It's not my problem.

Freddie's picture

Very sad. I am not an Apple shareholder, huge fan or anything else. I admire him more than Bill Gates.  I hope Jobs does get well. 

Barb Dwire's picture

Tell me again about how she survived a fatal brain cancer?

djsmps's picture

We were told by the doctors that there was a minimal chance of survival. It did pretty much destroy her memory.

Judge Smales's picture

Actually, as I type this post, CNBC hasn't bothered to post anything about Apple or Jobs today. They are going to pretend this story isn't out there, until they are forced to discuss it. That's the way market pumpers act. You know, loose lips and all that.

zoogle's picture

Let me know when there's an instrument that let's me go long her immunity system.

Pee Wee's picture

There is one, it's called a bank holding company.

simone's picture

djsmps, I have battled several fucking fatal brain tumors myself.  I bet that you are exactly 6 months older than your sister.

djsmps's picture

I'm not sure what you mean. I'm glad you survived.

Michael's picture

My Jewish nephew David age 21 died 2 years ago of brain cancer. I attribute it to Diet Coke, vaccines, fluoridated water, and Ritalin.

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

No joke, your lifespan is engineered.

Retire at 67, die at 68. The house wins.

This is further proof that iPhones give you cancer.

fragrantdingleberry's picture

Steve Jobs has been dead for three years. They've been using the same doubles Sadam used.

I Am The Unknown Comic's picture

Jobs is actually Osama bin Laden minus the beard. 

Truly Tasteless Jokes of the day:

"Steve Jobs is so thin he only has one side!"

"Jobs says he's been losing his ass shorting AAPL!"

"Jobs disappearing in California!"

Hey don't worry, this is obviously great news for AAPL and NASDAQ, both of which will somehow be up huge by tomorrow's close.  I'm guessing that they will surge on the news that this is all a hoax.  Some doctor will come out and say "the fundamentals of the economy are strong" ....oh wait, I have that confused with The Bernank.      

wretch's picture

A market based on the health of one douchebag boomer-hero deserves to crash on false rumors.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

It's sad, but we knew it was coming. And no, it's not priced into the stock.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Why Sad I'd? He's had a hell of a life. he's also led a lot of people into hell.

The pied piper may be playing his last tune or not.

He should have retreated into the sidelines with some grace years ago.

I wish him well, but out of the public/tech sphere. He's done enough damage as it is.


Id fight Gandhi's picture

Death is always sad. People just don't want to believe and say photos are fake or whatever.

He's too sick to work, hes not going for checkups.

But the wall St way is to find a way to profit from this. Just like Microsoft topped out it's market cap a decade ago, we are seeing it here with apple.

Oh regional Indian's picture

Hmmmmm...perhaps for him (judging by his looks) it will be a huge release?

Death is all good. Just the other side of life, which, if un-examined, is not worth living anyways (plato?).



Id fight Gandhi's picture

Maybe this will be another weekend at bernies.

Too many people betting this stock up. A topple will drop the NASDAQ, the the rest because it's all correlated, the the world indexes...

lolmaster's picture

More importantly, what did SAC know and when?

Brokenarrow's picture

I find itinteresting that the appl longs would argue that they saw him running a 10K yesterday.

I have some first hand experience with these matters. Jobs is dead man walking.

I wish it wasnt true.

tsx500's picture

unfortunately u are right on... dead man walking... and it's priced in.... B T F D .

BobPaulson's picture

I can't figure out why he hasn't detached his name from the brand. The poor guy can't even have cancer in peace. I guess he's probably in denial like I would be if I were terminal but I would have thought the company would have taken measures to isolate itself from the physical health of one guy.

Judge Judy Scheinlok's picture

I love TMZ! Woops, I mean tmz! My friend Harvey.

Trimmed Hedge's picture

TMZ is the best!

Probably the only show these days which I actually burst out laughing while watching.  : )


P.S. That's not Steve Jobs.

Jasper M's picture

A pulmanologist would be expected to see a lot of lung cancer, which frequently presets the same sort of profound wasting as some other cancers. That said, I do not find that photo ID-able to His Jobs.  

Besides, AAPL's True Believers know he'll just rise again on the third day . . . 


Edit: And What is the big deal about "weakness"? It's just given up what it made in the day trade. Yes, over 1% but it's been a high beta stock lately, so really, what's the BFD?

Orly's picture

Godspeed to Steve Jobs.  One of the greatest of all time.

Vaya con Dios.

the grateful unemployed's picture

He created one of the greatest manias in the history of the world! Vaya Con Bubbles!!

Orly's picture

Call him showman, marketeer, designer, aesthestist, whatever.

He changed the way the world looks at products by always pushing the envelope further.  Fantastic career, no two ways about it.

Steve Jobs has nothing at all to do with the Federal Reserve Pump and Dump schemes and to insinuate that he did is, frankly, silly.  Sorry you have a problem with other people's success.

Perhaps, too, you are revelling in a bit of twisted shaedenfreude yourself?  That's not healthy, either.

Id fight Gandhi's picture

Designed in California by apple.

Made in china.

Apple Is holding a ton of money overseas and won't bring it back unless they get a special tax break.

Money that could Employ Americans and pay their fair share of taxes.

Orly's picture

Not his fault.  What, you expect him to be some benevolent demi-god or a simple human doing the best for his shareholders?

I'd have done the same thing, while telling the president and Congress why I have my stuff built overseas.  The red tape alone stifles more businesses in America than is imaginable.  Top it off with some of the highest corporate tax rates in the world...

No thanks.  You'd have done the same thing, too.

Barb Dwire's picture

Watch the documentary "The Corporation" - CBC film that is a fantastic eye opener about corporations and their moral propensities.

patience...'s picture

"Apple Is holding a ton of money overseas and won't bring it back unless they get a special tax break"

Do you have a link?

Freddie's picture

Guess you don't know any people who actually create jobs and run businesses.  Those people are doing as little as possible as long as the islamic is destroying america.  Nothing will improve until he is gone and even then it may be too late.   He is mugabe.

As far as Steve Jobs - I could care less about Apple.  The man does have a wife and children. I hope he recovers for his sake and his family.