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The Apple comparisons have come thick and fast but today's Bloomberg Chart-of-the-day really highlights the macro fundamental weakness in Europe and the micro-bubble in corporate America's shiny new toy. Apple's market cap is larger than the combined market cap of companies in Spain, Portugal, and Greece.



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Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:50 | 2334088 SheepRevolution
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"You have owners, they own you!"


George Carlin

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:56 | 2334104 LongSoupLine
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+1 just for using a George Carlin quote.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:01 | 2334108 Doña K
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Largest toy manufacturer ever.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:04 | 2334119 Levadiakos
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I buy cash

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:23 | 2334174 johnu1978
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Apple will go bust after Best Buy does!


Edible Plant Tours - Bushcraft Classes

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:28 | 2334179 hedgeless_horseman
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Lt. Dan and Forrest are filthy-fucking rich!


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:37 | 2334209 francis_sawyer
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Fruit Companies! I knew it!

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:41 | 2334220 Levadiakos
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Is there a sequel? What makes you think they didnt sell when Gil Amelio took over? 

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:06 | 2334224 hedgeless_horseman
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Because Forrest is the poster-child for buy-and-hold.

Mama always said, "Stupid is as stupid does."

Sold?  He probably added to his position.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 11:38 | 2334611 Gringo Viejo
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At this point in time, Lt. Dan and Forrest are bag-holders.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:29 | 2334188 Oh regional Indian
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First there was the apple, temptation, Good, Evil, Serpant etc.

Then there was the BIG APPLE, NY NY. Talk about the embodiment of Evil. The good was left coughing in the dust.

Then came the 3rd Apple. APPL. 

It's good (So Gooooood), It's Baaaaaaad (So baaaaad), it'll make you deaf, and take you a few levels down to the mineral kingdom.

It's the triple apple whammy for humanity!



Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:34 | 2334404 slaughterer
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You forgot "Apple" recordings, founded by the Beatles. 

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:05 | 2334126 Clint Liquor
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George Carlin on "Saving the Planet'.

 It's funny because it is true.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:06 | 2334132 knukles
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Back in the '70's (or somewhere long ago in a different civil galaxy far, far away) the market cap of NTT (Nippon Tel & Tel) exceeded the market cap of the entire US equity market.  Or something astonishing like that.
So I said to the head of equities "Paired trade of the century; long S&P 500 short NT&T."  He told me that you bond people should stay under your rocks, never say that to a client, etc., etc., etc.
How'd that work out?


Lemme see, the total retuirns of bonds, stocks, gold and NTT over the ensuing drcades has been.....

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:26 | 2334180 Sandmann
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Hell I remember that,,,,,and when TEPCO had real market it is a Japanese Treasury Zombie

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:05 | 2334123 GeneMarchbanks
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Corporate take-over as scheduled. 'View nations fail and the shaking of a snake tail make due...'

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:44 | 2334230 Oh regional Indian
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Where is that quote from Gene? Nice ring to it. In a macabre sort of way.


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:10 | 2334322 old naughty
Wed, 04/11/2012 - 14:26 | 2335263 PayneNita
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my classmate's sister makes $62 hourly on the laptop. She has been unemployed for 5 months but last month her pay check was $13843 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read more on this web site ....

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:05 | 2334129 battle axe
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Fuck Apple.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:35 | 2334203 TWSceptic
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Fuck jealous wintards

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 14:41 | 2335361 rotagen
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Gee, ya think apple might be a favorite of the banksters who recently got all that funny money....since that's the only "money" in the market, it might follow.  I'm a freakin genius.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:51 | 2334092 5880
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Maybe Apple's 1984 commercial will come to have a different meaning oneday......

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:01 | 2334109 slaughterer
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... especially when they expand their data mining operations for the benefit of domestic security. 

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:09 | 2334140 francis_sawyer
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I'm still incredibly pleased with my Newton... The weight of it holds fiat paper on my desktop real well...

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:20 | 2334168 Comay Mierda
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iSpy on you through a camera and microphone that are never off

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:35 | 2334205 Stoploss
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BINGO.. I still have 3gs gen 1. I will never change to forward facing camera. Also put a removeable rubber plug over the back cam "just in case".

Also i discovered yesterday that you cannot block anything incomming or out going from these phones. I was able to get a blocking service for kids from AT&T for an additional 5 frn's per month. Trying it out now.

It's nothing but a spy device. I use it as a personal hotspot when im mobile w/ the lapper, but im going back to an air card.

iWeakness: The way i heard about this is why i think it's iWeakness. It's spreading, and talk of i don't need all this shit anymore is becoming more and more prevelant especially with a youth UE rate of 50+%.

Remember CROX..

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:40 | 2334215 TWSceptic
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iPhone will prevent anyone installing anything on your phone because Apple is closed OS. Apple first has to allow this app before it can be installed. The same can not be said about other OS like Android.

So fail to post this in Apple thread.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:49 | 2334243 Comay Mierda
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soooooo..... you trust AAPL?

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:55 | 2334266 CPL
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They would have to clean up that pesky virus that has infected roughly 80% of Apple users and stop biting the hands that are trying to repair their mess.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:53 | 2334097 Abnormal
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Olive oil can be preserved longer than apples

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:05 | 2334128 Levadiakos
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Priced in AAPL, gold dont look too bad.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:53 | 2334098 AccreditedEYE
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Imagine when it gets to 1,000... (rolling my eye)

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:55 | 2334100 LongSoupLine
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...larger than the combined market cap of companies in Spain, Portugal, and Greece.


Hmmm, does that include the tear gas, printing machine, and riot gear manufacturing companies?

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2334115 LawsofPhysics
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Great comment, whomever junked you is a coward.  Let me balance that out a bit, plus one.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:11 | 2334144 LongSoupLine
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this is the risk of any negative comment regarding AAPL.  There are rabid appletrolls everywhere.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:46 | 2334233 knukles
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Same thing with the French.  Say anything bad about the Forggies, those cheese eating unbathed smelly arm pit braiding surrender monkeys an Viol-fuking-A you're sure to get junked.

Couldn't help myself, maniacal giggling

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:56 | 2334103 williambanzai7
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If you owned 100% of Apple, the question is would you be willing to trade it for all the companies in Spain, Portugal and Greece?

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:02 | 2334116 slaughterer
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Still waiting for Direxion to put together that 3X leveraged AAPL bull/bear ETF. 

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:04 | 2334121 moonshadow
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lol- first i laughed, then i thought about it, then i cudn't decide! a brainteaser! so i opt for... c.) trade it for gold

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:37 | 2334213 williambanzai7
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The sign of the times is that the answer to such a preposterous question is not readily apparent.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:11 | 2334146 Everybodys All ...
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I'd sell both and short the hell out of AAPL.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:13 | 2334334 old naughty
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I am thinking, I am thinking,


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 12:14 | 2334743 I am a Man I am...
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Of course you would currently rather own Apple, this is a no brainer, especially hind site 20/20.  For the past 10 years this isn't even a worthy discussion, I would love to hear an argument of why anyone would want to own the others.  I think we can all agree to throw Greece out of the equation.  Portugal and Spain are financial disasters as well.  I really don't know why anyone would give this a second thought.  Do you want to own a company that makes mind boggling amounts of money or do you want to own countries that are financial disasters that have no way of paying their bills?  

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 08:58 | 2334106 theTribster
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Typical insanity...

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:01 | 2334110 youngman
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A Toy Maker..that is all they are...a toy maker

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:04 | 2334117 LawsofPhysics
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Precisely, now let's think for a second, when was the last time a toymaker had so much power and facism was at an all time high...

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:32 | 2334193 Badabing
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The United States of Apple

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:07 | 2334139 SeverinSlade
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My wife used some of her own money to buy an iPad from Best Buy...I had been telling her for months how I despised Apple (as their entire business model relies on their loyal following shelling out big amounts of money to acquire a slight upgrade of products they already own) and how the iPad was literally the EXACT same thing as the iPhone (which she already had), except it was bigger and couldn't make phone calls.

My wife opened the box while exiting the store and powered it on.  After two steps out of Best Buy, she stopped dead in her tracks and started laughing.  She looked at me and said, "Oh my fucking god...I thought you were kidding when you said it was the exact same thing as my iPhone."

My wife turned around and returned it.


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:24 | 2334176 monopoly
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U have a smart wife. Kudos.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:00 | 2334293 SeverinSlade
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It's true, but it didn't start off that way.  When I met her, her idea of investing was dropping $2000 on a pair of Christian Louboutin shoes.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:24 | 2334177 Sandmann
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their loyal following shelling out big amounts of money to acquire a slight upgrade of products they already own


They learned that trick from their original OEM producer  SONY Corporation  - they spent a fortune on Marketing after changing fascia plates everty 6 months to con punters they had an updated product

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:29 | 2334189 williambanzai7
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But for my purposes the small screen sucks. That's why I bought the first iPhone and never bothered upgrading. It still works fine which is more than I can say for the rest of my Motorola, Erickson and Nokia mobile phone junkyard.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:41 | 2334221 LawsofPhysics
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That is great.  Does your wife have a sister?  Many stubborn/intelligent women seem threatening to most men, but I think in the end they are great because they may challenge you initially, but they always end up actually thinking about every situation.  The latter can hardly be said of most average sheep today.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:58 | 2334281 SeverinSlade
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Ha, unfortunately no, she doesn't. 

The wife definitely keeps me in check.

Every time she hears about a raid on gold and silver, she starts calling my cell and asks if we're buying more physical.

I also left ZH open on my laptop one day (the article about rehypothetication) and she not only read it, but understood it...Every fucking bit of it. 

But she's still a woman, and still drives me insane sometimes, haha.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:02 | 2334295 CPL
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Just get a cheap Kobo/Amazon tablet, root/jailbreak it, do the updates for Android and get Dolphin browser with Tor.


Secure browsing for under 80 bucks.  Works nicely for my in-laws and parents while they fart around.  Run time Battery life on them is around 14 hours with one of the energy saver apps.


I know there are pricy options that are much nicer, but if just wanting to fuck around or get something for kids/parents.  Go cheap and learn how to root first before committing real money to a tablet gadget.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:11 | 2334150 Sudden Debt
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So is Lockheed...

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:16 | 2334159 SeverinSlade
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Except Apple products don't have the valuable ability to kill thousands of "insurgents"...yet...


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:19 | 2334166 Sudden Debt
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it all starts small...


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:03 | 2334118 SeverinSlade
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iBubble anyone?

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:04 | 2334120 dereksatkinson
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Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:04 | 2334122 monkeyboy
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HOw much stock did Jobs hold before his death?

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:15 | 2334157 GMadScientist
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"Jobs owned 138 million Disney shares, valued yesterday at $4.74 billion, and 5.55 million Apple shares worth $2.05 billion, according to filings."

They've appreciated by ~$1B since then.


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:04 | 2334130 SheepDog-One
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Oh right, so in other words if Apple stock ever falls it will be bailed out by the IMF.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:05 | 2334131 WoodMizer
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let them eat iPads

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:05 | 2334133 zonetraders
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german bond failure will trigger eur rally

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:06 | 2334134 casey13
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Maybe not just yet but soon they will be a great short play. 

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:44 | 2334135 Sudden Debt
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It's pretty logical actually.... because you can't play Angry Birds with olives... or goats...

 at least... not without creating a mess....


Have you ever seen a flying goat? :

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:06 | 2334138 Levadiakos
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The ease of manipulation of the entire equity market by use of AAPL isamazing.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:10 | 2334145 mckee
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Or just as appropriate; Greece, Spain and Portugal are now smaller than....


i.e. the early worm gets eaten by the bird.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:11 | 2334149 Bartironomics
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Apple should top out at $666 give another $10 or so to take out stops.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:14 | 2334155 yogibear
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The kingdom of Apple will rule the world. Foxconn's employment practices will be the model corporations use around the world.

Apple's goal is the entity in it's 1984 commercial.


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:17 | 2334162 icanhasbailout
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Yo Apple so fat, when it gets on the scale it says "to be continued"

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:19 | 2334165 Crispy
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Yeah, this is gonna end well...hahah

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:23 | 2334171 Sandmann
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Is Apple a Bubble or is that simply Instagram or maybe Facebook ?

Is Greenspan an Adviser to Bernanke ? I have a feeling I have seen this movie before and I felt really sick afterwards.......


Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:27 | 2334173 Byte Me
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Any news on the Apple bid fof MSFT yet??


(Never let a good bubble go to waste, etc.)

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:27 | 2334182 Stuck on Zero
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Real happiness is talking to a friend on an iPhone while making additions to your Facbook page!



Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:27 | 2334185 monopoly
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My daughter works full time for AAPL. Thank goodness. She actually has a job, but at 1990 pay. I asked her if I should upgrade to the new I pad and how much better it is than my current one. She advised "except for the picture, there is very little difference. Don't spend the money. And same with the TV, no big deal." And she drinks the cool aid a little bit.

Smart kid. Buyng nada.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:36 | 2334197 williambanzai7
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I've seen one, it only makes a big difference with high resolution photography. If your work involves lots of high resolution photography the difference is substantial.

I'm not upgrading because I like film grain.

The iPhone 5 is said to involve a very big redesign and lots of people will probably upgrade if what I am reading is correct.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:44 | 2334228 I am a Man I am...
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I just bought the iPhone 4s because my droid incredible broke (didn't care for it anyway) and like it much better, it's an awesome phone.  was gonna wait for 5 but had to get rid of the incredible, too many software glitches.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:00 | 2334287 FedBunny
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I had the identical issue. The HTC Incredible became unusable because of software issues. In theory, much better than iPhones; in practice, a disaster. Got the 4s and miss the customizability of Android, but like having a phone that doesn't reboot itself all the time and occasionally heats up to the point of third-degree burns.

Minus Steve, all that is going to end. Dolts at Apple will miss the little things, like the form factor of the iPhone (and the HTC Incredible for that matter), that makes it so it fit snuggly in the coin pocket of standard Levi's jeans (the kind that Steve wore). The placement of the power switch on the right-hand side of the phone (vs. the left on the Incredible), which makes it easy to operate with your thumb when held, and is another way Steve got it right. No doubt the Apple engineers made their contributions, but without their chief architect the company will eventually lose its way in the woods. 

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:42 | 2334431 Buckaroo Banzai
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Putting it in the coin pocket! Ingenious!

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:46 | 2334236 LawsofPhysics
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I would agree with the article if wages were also at least keeping up with inflation.  They are not.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:33 | 2334199 AmazingLarry
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Still can't make a watch that keeps time. Time to count all your wealth, of course.



Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:40 | 2334217 I am a Man I am...
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wine, port, and cruise ships will only get you so much

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:48 | 2334240 Vince Clortho
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First Apple Commercial in 1984.

Stock Value approaching 666.

hmmmm ..................

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:31 | 2334396 SheepDog-One
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Cost of the first Apple? $666...thats right.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 09:55 | 2334270 YesWeKahn
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Forest gump will soon sell fruit company and buy meat company (PIiGS)

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:29 | 2334389 Lost Wages
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Since China can't bail out Europe, Apple will.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 10:40 | 2334424 JOPANC
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I can't wait until they start buying countries.



Wed, 04/11/2012 - 11:32 | 2334590 forrestdweller
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this is not a useful comparison. it is not useful to compare the value of a company (the value of the stocks) with the gnp of a country (the earnings of the populations in one year). it is of course nice for the spectacular numbers. but useful? no.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 13:20 | 2334979 NotApplicable
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Your mom.

Wed, 04/11/2012 - 14:27 | 2335266 forrestdweller
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please try that in an arab country.

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