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It's Official - Apple Is Now Bigger Than The Entire US Retail Sector

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A company whose value is dependent on the continued success of two key products, now has a larger market capitalization (at $542 billion), than the entire US retail sector (as defined by the S&P 500). Little to add here.

 


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Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:22 | Link to Comment Capitalist
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iBubble.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:26 | Link to Comment a growing concern
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iMplosion.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:31 | Link to Comment resurger
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iDontgiveanapplefuck

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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iCurrumba!

iCalifornia iTax iRevenues plunge i22% but the iPonzi is UP UP UP!!!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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iMpulse buy!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment spiral_eyes
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But iNnovation, bitches! Apple are iNnovating all the way to a new normal! This time is different! Apple are going to 36,000!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:54 | Link to Comment tahoebumsmith
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iOfthefrickenstorm..

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:07 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Recovery is good.

Do they let you keep your iPhone and iPad in Recovery?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:15 | Link to Comment wisefool
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Snarc: Does the tax code let you insider trade? Thanks for being the best politician since Al Haig, Ms. Pelosi.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:55 | Link to Comment Thomas Anderson
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iAlternative to macbook and ipad... Hackintosh!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:22 | Link to Comment Stanwick
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iMackintosh is a jacket that iIrish people wear when they go to iMass

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:41 | Link to Comment SHEEPFUKKER
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Siri is a whore. 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:58 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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is that a complaint or a wish list?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment Moneyswirth
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So is Sandra Fluke

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 17:05 | Link to Comment VanceEva1
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my classmate's sister makes $82 hourly on the internet. She has been out of work for 10 months but last month her income was $17192 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more on this site ....  http://qr.net/h7eu

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:53 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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Understanding of German NOT required...very funny.

http://www.wimp.com/dadipad/

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:12 | Link to Comment Manthong
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Gotta try that app out.

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:53 | Link to Comment sunaJ
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"Anyone with a pension, family, or hope for the future, leave now."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRWZoCqnDhE

 

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:22 | Link to Comment battle axe
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ifuckingjoke

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:23 | Link to Comment Cdad
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What could go wrong, iBitchez?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:44 | Link to Comment HelluvaEngineer
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This time, iTsDifferent.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:16 | Link to Comment -1Delta
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yes maybe this time Craaple will surpass US national debt in market value <sarc>

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:23 | Link to Comment All Rise
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Retail is so last century.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:24 | Link to Comment Kingbingo
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itulips

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment Winston Churchill
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South Sea Bubble.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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iMade that joke yesterday.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:46 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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iBrilliant

"It's Official - Apple Is Now Bigger Than The Entire US Retail Sector"

What a landmark.. and couldn't happen to a nicer company, well done Apple :)

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 20:42 | Link to Comment malek
Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:24 | Link to Comment bugs_
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Hey Nasdaq, take it out of the index.  It no longer belongs in any index.  It no longer belongs on any exchange.  It needs its own exchange.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:05 | Link to Comment espirit
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...or country.

Long bond it and buy out troubled countries.  Put the population to work on a living wage of say $1 usd/day.

iWork or iDie.

/sarc or /unsarc - iForget which.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:19 | Link to Comment Stanwick
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iBlackrock High Yeild Bond fund holds shares. 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:24 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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Let's see if it can beat both semi and retail combined!!! iSynergy baby!!!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment LongSoupLine
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iPuked

Confirmation of a "market" that now exceeds the definition of "full retard"

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:28 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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iTard

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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iShort

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:20 | Link to Comment Stanwick
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iYou first

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:59 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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iGob

you can see Americas socio-economic problems defined nicely in the anti-Apple whingers

Apple is one of the greatest Companies ...Ever

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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Go Apple! Let's see a trillion.

Quadrillion?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 15:38 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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Indeed

if Apple and Caterpillar took over the running of America and BMW and JCB the running of Europe the West would be a much, much, much nicer place

enough dreaming, back to the stinking crumbling Monopolists Matrix ..ho hum

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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...as the AUD$ is falling.  China sure must be too busy manufacturing to import base materials.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:40 | Link to Comment Vampyroteuthis ...
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Watching the EURUSD fall also makes me believe a major investment fund blew up somewhere. The insiders know and are keeping it secret (while selling) until the sheeple find out they are hosed.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment The Swedish Chef
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I think you´re being unfair. I´d say the success of Apple depends on four key products...Imac, MacBook, IPad and IPhone. 

 

But where are the people crying "bubble" on this one? When it comes to gold everybody is so eager to call the top.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:32 | Link to Comment firstdivision
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iMac and MacBook are barely a drop in the bucket of revenue.  Apple's current price depends on iPad and iPhone alone. 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment cygnetsong
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Don't forget iPod

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:08 | Link to Comment espirit
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iDon'tforget iChina.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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don't forget the iCrap of the iCompetition

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:38 | Link to Comment Zero Govt
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iJunked by the iCompetition

just slightly bitter and twisted over there in the opposition trenches

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment All Rise
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iToobigtofail.

 

 

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:20 | Link to Comment Stanwick
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iBailout

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment WaEver
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people managing other people's money are buying....

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:25 | Link to Comment Cognitive Dissonance
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It's about freaking time Apple took over the world.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The Fall of Man:  We lost our guidence and ate the apple; how fitting.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:53 | Link to Comment Schmuck Raker
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i666, iNWO?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:58 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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iAlchemy

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:05 | Link to Comment Waterfallsparkles
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They may have eaten the aapl but they lost their cherry.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:26 | Link to Comment davinci7_gis
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Time to start shorting apple!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment All Rise
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Not until they release the iPear. I think that will be the first sign that things are starting to go pear shaped!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:27 | Link to Comment Comay Mierda
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cant wait for taxpayer bailout of the iphone

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:28 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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Free iPhone for anyone who can't afford it!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:28 | Link to Comment John Law Lives
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iFUBAR

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:29 | Link to Comment bobola
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The yield on a one year Greek bond raced past the BDI (Baltic Dry Index) a few weeks ago.

Now its Apple's turn.

Not an easy task as the BDI has recently been heading north as well.

Am expecting BDI to head south again and predicting an intersection point in the 650 - 700 range.

Speaking of the 1 year Greek bond, that number seems to be stuck at 1143 for the past few days.

Did someone halt the trading in that bond..??

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:30 | Link to Comment CashCowEquity
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time to fry more...i mean buy more..i mean 

 

i dont own 1 fucking apple product...but heres the Irony

 

I repair the iphones and sell the parts  (iphonepartswarehouse.com)

 

lmfaoooooooooooooooooo

 

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment DavidC
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Did you mean iRepair (ouch)?

So, if you repair them is there a reason you don't own any Apple products? I don't own any because I don't perceive my NEED for them.

DavidC

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment CashCowEquity
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not irepair..i started my own shit locally here...had to do all the legwork myself. 

I dont own any apple products because although they are "cool" they are overpriced and the service is even more overpriced than the product is. Besides, too much crap goes wrong with iphones...way too much.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:30 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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I wonder if they will run this pig up to a trillion dollar company. It seems like a down day in Apple is just as forbidden as a down day on th market.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:48 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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iWonder what would happen if there comes a point where there is no greater fool.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:52 | Link to Comment Dr. Engali
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Well it seems that we have the biggest fool in the fed with unlimited money.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:31 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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The rational consumer has done it again and eaten the AAPL.  I think this deserves a quote.

                            Ezekiel 25:17  -  The path of the
                         righteous man is beset on all sides
                         by the inequities of the selfish and
                         the tyranny of evil men.  Blessed is
                         he who, in the name of charity and
                         good will, shepherds the weak through
                         the valley of darkness, for he is
                         truly his brother's keeper and the
                         finder of lost children. And I will
                         strike down upon thee with great
                         vengeance and furious anger those
                         who attempt to poison and destroy my
                         brothers. And you will know my name
                         is the Lord when I lay my vengeance
                         upon you.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment jus_lite_reading
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That is truth! I think Ezekiel was trying to say the world is filled with evil men ready to steal your money.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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You and Billie Holiday.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:58 | Link to Comment WonderDawg
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And Samuel L. Jackson. "Say what again, I dare you. I doubledare you, motherfucker."

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:26 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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when you absolutely positively have to bankrupt every motherfucker in the room

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:25 | Link to Comment johnQpublic
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inequities, equities, same difference

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:31 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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It's my largest position.  The move up in the stock price is because of fundamentals, growth, and the amount of cash that they have.  A PE Ratio of 15 puts it at 690.  People on this board were saying iBubble at 200, it has more than half that in cash now.  

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:33 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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I won't argue, because I could give a fuck what the hell the market, and for that matter, all of its rational consumers, think of the company, Apple.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Piranhanoia
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You always argue and you rarely think.  You have your formula.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:12 | Link to Comment espirit
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iFundamentals?

iWTF.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment dwdollar
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I have just one question. How much fucking bigger do you expect it to get?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:24 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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it's barely penetrated the US corporate market, China, and Brazil, so can easily double from those 3 points.  I give this a 75% chance of happening.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:49 | Link to Comment gdgenius
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Ah yes, the "slap a random multiple on earnings estimates" valuation approach. Investing is easy!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:26 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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there's nothing random about it, how about this, why don't you do the math on what you think it is worth, how about that?  Do a little math and see what you come up with.  You probably don't know how, and if you don't know how, your opinion isn't worth very much.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:55 | Link to Comment manhunter
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You seem nervous. Were you heavy in QCOM about 12 years ago?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:07 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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What was QCOM's PE ratio in 2000 when it was trading at 80?? Do you know?  Why don't you tell us?  And it was $3 is 1998, now it is $65.  And 11 years 9 months ago it was at 30.  Is there a point there?  QCOM is a good company.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:56 | Link to Comment crawldaddy
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ask yourself this, a retail product valued higher then the entire retail industry, you dont see a problem in that?  a fool and his money...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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in 2004 you could have bought apple for 12 bucks, a fool and his money indeed

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:44 | Link to Comment Bay of Pigs
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Is that you Robo?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment gdgenius
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Let me guess - you picked a 15 multiple because that's "about average"...Yes, you've already shown us the depth of your analysis and that you can multiply, so I suppose that is a *little* math...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:09 | Link to Comment Waterfallsparkles
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I am a Man,

Looks like you also drink Kool Aid.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:28 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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I would buy this company just looking at the numbers alone.  I have a very old Macbook, I will probably buy the new iPad for the video camera and the retina display.  I bought my GF an iPad 2 and it is an awesome device.  I like quality products, do you not?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:31 | Link to Comment TPTB
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"I'd like an ipad type of tablet, but I'm looking to spend less than 60 dollars... Do you have anything like this?"

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:01 | Link to Comment TPTB
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"Yes, we carry 35 different tablet manufacturers, starting at only 20 dollars. Our most expensive tablet without a retinal camera is 70 dollars, but it is free after the mail in rebate."

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:51 | Link to Comment alien-IQ
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it's a simple three step process:

1) get a pencil

2) get a notebook (regular paper)

3) get a library card (they still exist)

Total cost: Less than $5

What you do with it is limited only by your imagination.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:16 | Link to Comment espirit
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Ow, ow, ow.

Too hard to think on my own, iThink.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:31 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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I like Apple and I understand the reason so many fundamental people are long. But! 2% every day is not a healthy move IMO. Any long manager not watching this like a hawk and taking profits or hedging is a moron.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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'zactly...time to lighten up and do some knife catching.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:45 | Link to Comment CvlDobd
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I hate the narrowness of the market. FCX and NSC down 1 and 2% but that doesn't matter as long as IBM and AAPL are pumped. International down, copper down, yields up, euro down. US stocks green. At least te five biggest are! Fuck me.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:19 | Link to Comment Vince Clortho
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In the old "normal" world, this would make sense.

We are long gone from that place.  Wlth unlimited printing, unlimited cash, reality is becoming blurry.  They can goose this casino and apple any way they want.  Its a toy now.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:34 | Link to Comment scatterbrains
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Gasoline breakout bitchez!   This is great news for those planning to cruise around in their GM SUV's shopping for 6000sq ft McMansions this spring selling season.

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:35 | Link to Comment ZackAttack
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Now, all that's left is for it to be added to the Dow.

 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:43 | Link to Comment NOTfromSanFrancisco
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Me thinks that would then crash and crush all the NASD index funds and cause the DOW index funds to explode, wouldn't it...IMHO???...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 14:20 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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You're confusing exchanges and indexes.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:36 | Link to Comment kahunabear
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I am always way early on calling bubbles, so we must be in the early innings here. AAPL 1500 here we come.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Siri is a shitty Teddy Ruxpin impersonator.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:50 | Link to Comment TPTB
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People fail to remember that in 1984 Teddy Ruxpin was also larger than the entire retail sector.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment walidsassia
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iBuy AAPL- iSell Gold the New iRule in the Market of the-i- 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:42 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Freud approves of this message.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:37 | Link to Comment DavidC
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I think it's telling that Apple didn't name the new iPad iPad3.

DavidC

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Will they call the iPad4 the "Newer iPad"?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Mr Lennon Hendrix
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Operation iPad

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:46 | Link to Comment Wakanda
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iKnew iPad

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment blu
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And in celebration of this unvarnished victory for central planning, Bernanke will now buy every man, woman and child in the country an iPad.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:38 | Link to Comment junkyardjack
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Sounds like its more the fault of the rest of retail sector sucking ass 

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:40 | Link to Comment GMadScientist
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Did you even look at the graph?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:50 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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Check his avatar.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:39 | Link to Comment All Rise
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iAlgo download now from the app store. For all your Apple trading needs.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:40 | Link to Comment dvsteenk
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I guess they should thank Bank of Israel

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:51 | Link to Comment Spastica Rex
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iSrael.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:19 | Link to Comment espirit
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iGo global.  iIMF.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:41 | Link to Comment Etiolated Esthete
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A drug in tablet form helps make Apple worth a third of S&P pharmaceuticals...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:47 | Link to Comment Piranhanoia
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More than half of the pharmaceutical creations are garbage.  Most of those are harmful.  All are created to make money and do nothing.  Function is important when you want something to work.  Apple works.   

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:42 | Link to Comment j0nx
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Slave labor! Slave labor! Fuck yeah! Mush the Chinese plant manager screams to the workers. Mush bitches! Wah tish (whip sound)!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:51 | Link to Comment Carbon Skidmark
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iDontWannaWork...iWannaBangOnMyPadAllDay

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 10:44 | Link to Comment Jason T
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yet money is flowing OUT of APPL today ???  http://quotes.wsj.com/aapl

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Wakanda
Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:05 | Link to Comment Benjamin Glutton
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Bullish iCats.lol

New apps aimed at cats are turning the iPad into a high-tech pet toy, though owners may want to invest in a screen protector before doing so.

Purina's Friskies now offers iPad and Android apps for cats, becoming the first pet food manufacturer to capitalize on the increasingly popular tablets.

Four free apps, called "Here, Kitty Kitty," "Cat Fishing," "Tasty Treasure Hunt" and "Party Mix-Up," promise to entertain felines with moving objects that flash or bounce when hit.

Owners can first attract pets to play tablet games with Here, Kitty Kitty's imitation birdcalls and rustling cat food bag noises. Then cats can happily bat at digital fish and virtual cat food with the other apps.

http://www.mobiledia.com/news/91146.html

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:31 | Link to Comment SimpleandConfused
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And worth every penny.

Don't lose out on the next $500/sh.  Buy now!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:33 | Link to Comment theorist
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I am hearing a lot of people justifying Apple's valuation currently. They have 100 billion dollars in cash, their PE is 11, etc. They are innovators, and despite the loss of Steve Jobs he left 5 years worth of innovations for the future, so it's like he's still there. No one seems to be negative on the company. The fact is, that most investment money is going into Apple at the moemnt at the expense of other stocks. Fudamentals or no fundamentals, the facts are that we have had a huge run up in the company. The majority are bullis on it. Apple makes non-essential, luxury items - Items you can live without.

On a macro level, we are facing Global headwinds. China is slowing, Europe is in the midst of a crisis, with unemployment rising faster than you can say Jack Rabbit. Austerity is starting to bite there. Oil prices are rising, thus reducing discretionary income. The American consumer still needs to cut back and increase savings - we are nowehere near the end of the debt deleveeraging cycle with respect to household balance sheets. You can do without an Apple product, which on average costs around twice what an equivalent product would cost in general. (Although, at the moment despite the aove, people seem to buy Apple products whaever their financial condition.)

On a more specific basis, the iPhone brings in half the firm's revenues, and there is now credible competition with Android phones. Google gives away their software, and multiple companies can manufature an android phone, which makes the Andoirds cheaper, and will continue to cheapen them over the long run. With the iPhone I am getting the feeling that the situation is simlar to when Apple was selling Macs, and the market got taken over by the PC since Microsoft was licensing DOS, then Windows to all PC manufacturers. Mac market share fell at expense of the PC. I can see that the same thing potentially happens again.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:02 | Link to Comment crawldaddy
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Steve Jobs he left 5 years worth of innovations for the future

 

but an idea without someone to continue to pamper, tweak, steady, and guide those ideas makes the idea worthless. Jobs left once before, Apple fell apart, he came back, apple came back,  he aint coming back again.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:10 | Link to Comment I am a Man I am...
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so many people were saying this in 2009, 2010, and 2011 and the numbers are better than ever

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:35 | Link to Comment jover
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Soon AAPL will join the iBailout fund and bailout the world. Next product, iCongress

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:41 | Link to Comment toros
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iReggie

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:52 | Link to Comment djsmps
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I have strange, vivid dreams every night. Last night I dreamed that two companies were the largest in the world. The first was Apple and the second was a company called AEIOU that produced a browser that made using the Usenet easier.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 11:59 | Link to Comment crawldaddy
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How did apple fare the last time Jobs left?

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:03 | Link to Comment SRVDisciple
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I never would hav guessed that the demand for women's apparel accesories would be so high ;-)

... C'mon Apple, makes something for us guys for a change!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:03 | Link to Comment Moneyswirth
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iCantbelievethis

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:08 | Link to Comment Big Picture
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Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but Steve Anyone else but Steve, anyone else but Steve, no, no, no Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but Steve 'Til Steve comes podin' home Don't go typin' down Tablet Lane with anyone else but Steve Anyone else but Steve, anyone else but Steve, no, no, no Don't go typin' down Tablet' Lane with anyone else but Steve 'Til Steve comes podin' home I just got word from a guy who heard From the guy next door to Steve The pad he made just loves to soar And it fits all to a T So, don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but Steve 'Til Steve comes podin' home Don't give out with those tips of yours to any tablet but Steve's Any tablet but Steve's, any tablet but Steves, no, no, no Watch those girls on foreign shores, they'll jump from the balcony When you come podin' home Don't hold others on your knee, you better be true to Steve You better be true to Steve, you better be true to Steve Don't hold others on your knee, you're gettin' the third degree When you come podin' home You're on your own where there is no phone And Steve can't keep tabs on you Be fair to Steve, I'll guarantee There is one thing that he'll not do He won't sit under the apple tree with anyone else again 'Though you come podin' home Don't sit under the apple tree with anyone else but Steve I know the apple tree is reserved for you and me And I'll be true 'til a thousand or two
Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:28 | Link to Comment NOTfromSanFrancisco
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I is kind,

I is smart,

I is important,

I is Amazed at what Apple has accomplished...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:37 | Link to Comment Dr. Kananga
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Looks like CBS is learning where to find reliable financial news sources:

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505124_162-57396966/apple-almost-bigger-than...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:47 | Link to Comment NOTfromSanFrancisco
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Doesn't this also mean that Apple is now 1/100th of the world's total market cap... Plus or minus a few 1,000ths???

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 12:56 | Link to Comment dwilso39
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  • iWhatrecession?
Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:23 | Link to Comment rubearish10
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AAPL safer than US TSY's?? YES? There's the trade now or one helluva short squeeze!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:25 | Link to Comment Brindle702
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iFoxconn

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:44 | Link to Comment Miffed Microbio...
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Wow, just wow. Don't suppose there's a brilliant physicist/mathematician on the other end to solve all our problems when this APPl falls.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 13:49 | Link to Comment Squid Vicious
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iWish iHad sold at $594...

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment rubearish10
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Perhaps this is Apple's "blow-off" moment! Just perhaps,,,,,,

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 14:01 | Link to Comment Hooter Shaker
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iSell, bitchez!

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 14:06 | Link to Comment rlouis
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iFed happy, iBen happy iBarry happy

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 15:00 | Link to Comment adr
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What I would love is to see a real audit of Apple's books, A REAL AUDIT. What are regualtors afraid of? A single company being worth more than the entire retail sector of the largest economy on Earth? There doesn't seem to be a problem there?

I do believe Apple sells a lot of product, just nowhere near what they claim. They've got the entire cast of IronChef cooking their books. Apple has reached pure insanity. Analysts are already claiming Apple will sell more TVs than Sony, Samsung, LG, Vizio, and Panasonic combined. REALLY????

Last time I checked There are still more Android phones sold than iPhones. Samsung is catching up to Apple in total number of phones sold worldwide, looking to surpass them as the largest single manufacturer. Considering Apple doesn't actually manufacture a single product and much of what goes in a iPhone comes from Samsung. You can argue Samsung is the world's largest consumer tech company in the world.

Wed, 03/14/2012 - 21:59 | Link to Comment DaylightWastingTime
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iRection

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