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

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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.”