Apple Just $14 Billion Away From Eclipsing Entire US Retail Sector

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As Apple gaps open by another 1% at $558, it stands less than $14bn (in market cap) away from being larger than the entire US retail sector. The good news: it still has a ways to go before eclipsing the retail and the semi sectors combined.


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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:43 | 2250071 Falkor
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Was expecting some from you on this.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:02 | 2250168 spiral_eyes
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can't be a bubble, right?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:10 | 2250195 HoofHearted
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Welcome to the United States of Apple.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:22 | 2250243 goldfish1
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Eclipses the entire retail clothing sector? Difficult to comprehend.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:39 | 2250533 trav7777
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company has $100B in cash.  WTF u expect?

yes, if you have a company that has $100B in cash, you will be AT LEAST worth $100B in market cap

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:35 | 2250692 Greater Fool
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Not if the clothing business is low-margin and extremely competitive, while Apple's line of work is high-margin and they have no real peer (yet).

And, yes, there is always "irrational exuberance" to take into account as well.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:46 | 2250740 It was not me
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Buy gold and come back in 10 years when euro, dollar, franc, yen and others will all be gone in current form. Robert Mish can't be wrong:

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 13:08 | 2250828 TheFourthStooge-ing
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Fuck off, spammer!


Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:43 | 2250073 GeneMarchbanks
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:43 | 2250075 Eclipse89
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:41 | 2250311 prains
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:45 | 2250079 zilverreiger
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get out and get physical gold on the dip

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:49 | 2250081 Shizzmoney
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Yeah, that's sustainable.

At some point, the cell phone CAN'T get any better, right?  I mean, I really try to upgrade as less as possible....consumers can't be sustained to keep on upgrading, at $300-$600 a piece........unless, of course, a new phone comes with blowjobs.  I might upgrade then.

BTW, nice to see Apple doing well.  Are they hiring here in the U.S (cue snicker)?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2250132 I am a Man I am...
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They are building a campus in Austin, TX and will add 3,600 jobs.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:08 | 2250186 Cursive
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@I am a Man

Niiice. Call center jobs for single moms and nerdy males under 28.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:40 | 2250308 Conrad Murray
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Brazzers to merge with Apple?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:44 | 2250322 Clamdigger
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Welcome to BangPhone!

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 15:49 | 2251531 Sokhmate
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AAPL keeps all the onionBooty.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:35 | 2250519 I am a Man I am...
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I am mystified at all of the off base comments on Apple on these boards.  Like it or not, Apple is the best thing this country has going for it.  Maybe that is sad.  Most of you don't like this, not sure exactly why compared to all the other sorry shit going on around the world.  You would think that Apple was the first company to make stuff in China.  

BTW, Apple just hit 560, GOT APPLE??

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:08 | 2250611 Fukushima Sam
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Apple is also a symbol of many of the things that are wrong with this country, the following keywords come to mind: centralization, control, offshoring, globalization, elitism, dissassociated reality, bubble, China, slobbering fanboys, etc...

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 12:09 | 2250613 LowProfile
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BTW, Apple just hit 560, GOT APPLE??


Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:46 | 2250088 Gene Parmesan
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It's bullish when something as simple as a fake rumor about a single company could take down this much market cap, right?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:46 | 2250090 LongSoupLine
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Israel should help it reach that goal, ohh

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:46 | 2250091 GeorgeHayduke
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So is this part of that whole "the market is smarter than anyone" mythology that market promoters have told us all these years?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:47 | 2250094 resurger
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i find apple very cheap


Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:01 | 2250162 lizzy36
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Apple is cheap.

All stocks are cheap.

When money on the sideline comes back in......dow 36,000.

Green shoots and happy days are here again.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:55 | 2250582 Bay of Pigs
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Remarkably robust

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:47 | 2250095 scatterbrains
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I'm looking at SHLD and getting very tempted to buy puts with the vix so low and every last drop of skewed data squeezed out of the bullshit retail sales statistics. How far can the algos push it ?

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:55 | 2250127 resurger
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all fear etf's are attractive,

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:22 | 2250241 aerojet
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I don't know. I was in the local Sears last weekend and it was a ghost town in there--practically everything is discounted.  A few lookers, no takers.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:47 | 2250096 Stoploss
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:48 | 2250100 Waterfallsparkles
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Another upgrade.  Everyone that Ownes Aapl keep upgrading their price targets.  Like there are any Shorts that would be forced to cover.

I always see an Upgrade as a Sell signal.  If I wanted to short, at todays level or maybe tomorrow would be where I would enter.

I do not care what they do Steve Jobs is not comming back and once they go thru the Ideas in the pipeling this stock will be sold hard.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:49 | 2250102 Dr. Engali
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It's pretty sad when we only have one growth story in this country and that is based off of high margins from slave labor.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:18 | 2250227 Dr. Engali
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That's a great tune. I've been around long enough to see a lot of,at the time, current hits become classics and this is certainly one of them.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 11:16 | 2250452 Buckaroo Banzai
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to be fair to Apple, isn't all Chinese labor slave labor? and Foxconn's much heralded suicide rate is actually way below the average chinese suicide rate.

Just sayin'.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:11 | 2250198 bugs_
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don't forget money laundering.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:21 | 2250237 Rainman
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and synthetic opiate sales.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:51 | 2250349 lizzy36
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Ummm, hate to burst the bubble, but using slave labor as a means of creating growth and profitability is as old as the USA itself.

Sort of the dark side of "American Exceptionalism" that people don't like to talk about in polite conversation.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:49 | 2250107 Conrad Murray
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All those loser loons on the left love their iThings, but hate evil corporations. Maybe the Chinese are putting tiny little explosives in these things and will explode every one of their empty hipster heads.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:57 | 2250136 resurger
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am buying Samsung!

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:50 | 2250108 Shizzmoney
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:51 | 2250111 Bagbalm
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change the logo to a tulip

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:52 | 2250115 Spastica Rex
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:52 | 2250116 dwdollar
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Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:54 | 2250122 the 300000000th...
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Thanks apple for doing your part in creating a generation of "vidiots" with your version of ividiot ikids. America is going to have to creat  A LOT of data entry jobs for these ikids that can text 300,000 words per second. I really can't see them learning any other usefull skills from this gadgetry ladened distracted world we have created for them. Its going to be all data entry from here on out for America's future. We will take over the world once again with data entry.

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:58 | 2250146 gloogle
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"data entry"???  What, do you use a card reader still???

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:01 | 2250163 the 300000000th...
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You obviously don't have teenagers with cell phones

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 10:25 | 2250254 aerojet
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I don't have teenagers (yet) but I definitely agree.  All these electronic distractions are idiotic.  Oh wait, I'm postingo on ZH right now!

Tue, 03/13/2012 - 09:56 | 2250130 lizzy36
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Apple is just a large retail company with a technology component.

One has the latest maxiPad, the latest $2500 Prada bag, and $1000 Louboutins. How the hell else would people be able to identify and aspire to your lifestyle.


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