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Old 03-18-2012, 07:40 PM   #1
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Apple: What you gon' do with all that junk inside your trunk?

Tomorrow morning we find out.

Apple to host call on cash balances

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/apple-...230233355.html
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(Reuters) - Apple Inc said it would host a conference call on Monday morning to discuss the outcome of discussions about its cash balance.

Apple has $98 billion in cash and securities, a hoard that has been drawing calls by investors to put the massive reserves to work.

Wall Street has increasingly bet that Apple will this year return cash to shareholders, taking their cue from Chief Executive Tim Cook's comments about "active discussions" at the top levels about the matter.

Cook recently said he had been "thinking very deeply" about investors' demands that the iPad and iPod maker return some of the cash to shareholders via a dividend.

"Frankly speaking, it's more than we need to run the company," Cook said at the annual shareholders meeting in February.

Analysts have said the return of cash to shareholders could take the form of a one-time dividend or share buyback to address a longstanding desire on the part of investors, while potentially opening the stock to a new class of investors who seek a dividend yield.

"A dividend makes sense," said Shaw Wu, analyst with Sterne Agee. The decision "is probably going to be pretty binary. It's going to be either yes or no. Many are hoping the answer is going to be yes.

"It's more likely they are considering it. I am not sure they are going to necessarily say it's to be effective immediately," Wu said.

On the possibility of a buyback, Wu said it would be possible, but the value to shareholders would be more questionable.

"The issue with (a) buyback is that the payback for investors is not as tangible. With a dividend, you get a check in the mail," Wu said.

Wu discounted the possibility of a stock split, saying it makes it more difficult to beat earnings consensus numbers.

Mounting anticipation over a buyback, along with hopes the newest iPad will keep sales momentum strong, helped propel Apple's stock to a record high this month past $600 a share.

The call, to be held at 9 a.m. EDT (1300 GMT) on Monday, will not provide an update on the current quarter nor will it touch upon any topics other than cash, Apple said in a statement on Sunday.

Apple declined to comment further on the press advisory.
Link to announcement http://www.apple.com/pr/library/2012...ence-Call.html
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Hmm. This will be interesting.
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:53 PM   #4
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Dividends please

Like $100/share
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Old 03-18-2012, 08:57 PM   #5
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I'm hoping that they announce something unexpected. That's the Apple way.
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Like what?

50% off macs?
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Old 03-18-2012, 09:04 PM   #8
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I wouldn't be all that surprised if they announce some kind of large spend that is needed to support the television. That spend could be an acquisition.

Or it could be that every stock holder gets an iPad
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I wouldn't be all that surprised if they announce some kind of large spend that is needed to support the television. That spend could be an acquisition.

Or it could be that every stock holder gets an iPad
Well then I need to return this one....
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Old 03-19-2012, 08:40 AM   #11
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Source:cnbc.com homepage
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Apple Sets Quarterly Dividend of $2.65/Share; Board OKs $10B Buyback, Says It Expects to Spend $45B Over 3 Years
http://allthingsd.com/20120319/apple...D_yahoo_ticker
Apple Starts Spending Its Cash: Dividend Plus Share Buyback
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Apple didn’t wait until its earnings call this morning to disclose what it’s going to do with its $100 billion cash hoard: It will start cutting dividend checks, and will buy back some of its shares as well. Total bill: About $45 billion over the next three years.

Details from the press release:

“Subject to declaration by the Board of Directors, the Company plans to initiate a quarterly dividend of $2.65 per share sometime in the fourth quarter of its fiscal 2012, which begins on July 1, 2012.

Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors has authorized a $10 billion share repurchase program commencing in the Company’s fiscal 2013, which begins on September 30, 2012. The repurchase program is expected to be executed over three years, with the primary objective of neutralizing the impact of dilution from future employee equity grants and employee stock purchase programs.”

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Yeah, I'm pretty pissed that there was no mention of free iPads.
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Yeah, I'm pretty pissed that there was no mention of free iPads.
I'm absolutely heartbroken.
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Yeah, I'm pretty pissed that there was no mention of free iPads.
There is a free iPad if you own about 340 shares of Apple stock.
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closed at $601 today
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I just wish I bought more apple stock... If I put all my eggs into aapl I could've gotten a 3 series BMW
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Old 04-16-2012, 10:27 PM   #19
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I just wish I bought more apple stock... If I put all my eggs into aapl I could've gotten a 3 series BMW
Now's your chance. Dropped to $579.xx today.

Down like $65 from it's 52 week high.

Wonder if it'll drop some more tomorrow or will people start buying?
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I think people will start buying soon, earnings is on the 24th....

I should've sold when it hit 640... And rebuy now... But I was out of the country... Oh well.
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Old 04-17-2012, 11:22 AM   #21
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I just rolled some money over from a cash balance plan into my IRA and am contemplating what to invest it in. I was going to pull the trigger and purchase a few shares of AAPL if it got down to $570; I should have purchased it when it was at $580 .

I might just wait for facebook IPO to trade
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I was going to pull the trigger and purchase a few shares of AAPL if it got down to $570; I should have purchased it when it was at $580 .
Now's your chance. AAPL below $600 again.... and still going down little by little
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:26 PM   #25
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I'm watching it oh so closely. Down to $587. I think more people are dumping and taking profits.
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Just in time for people to buy again for earnings in Tuesday?
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Old 04-19-2012, 02:43 PM   #27
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it's possible stock could go down again after earnings report too.
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It is, but it hasn't really in the past.
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Well apple dropped to 581 again today. I don't know whether I should get in on it yet though because it's just so hard to predict wtf is going to happen with it... I wouldn't be surprised if it falls even more.
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Old 04-20-2012, 01:33 PM   #30
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$576 now.

Honestly, you will never be able to time when the stock has bottomed.

Buy a little now if you like it and then buy some more if/when it falls some more to average out the price.

I don't think the stock will do much moving between now and Tuesday, when AAPL reports earnings after the close.

If they report slower sales than expected
- QCOM is reportedly having issues supplying their chips for iPhone/iPad.... QCOM shares dropped yesterday
- a lot of people are holding off on buying MacBooks, iMacs, Mac minis due to new Intel Ivy Bridge chip due out this month
- Verizon reported yesterday that new iPhone sales/activations were down 26% vs last quarter (slowing sales? people waiting for iPhone 5?)
- AT&T reports earnings on Tuesday... how were their iPhone sales???
- Sprint reports earnings on Wednesday... how were their iPhone sales???
then stock will drop some.

So I'd probably wait until Tuesday to see what happens unless the stock really drops today (below $570?)
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I'm going to put a limit at $563. If it doesn't go, I'll just wait to see what happens Tuesday..
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But iPhone sales was more than 50% of their total smartphone sales for VZW...
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Went from 168% return to 140%!!


Ohh darn...
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But iPhone sales was more than 50% of their total smartphone sales for VZW...
The quarter before that, it was about 55% of smartphone sales.

VZ also said they're planning to push Windows Phone 8 because VZ is tired of paying $400 per iPhone to subsidize it; It's hurting their margins and profits. VZ could also subsidize less of iPhones, possibly leading to less iPhone sales, therefore less $ for AAPL.

The same goes for AT&T and Sprint. Their subsidies are hurting them. Sprint doesn't even expect to turn a profit on iPhone sales until 2015.

If Windows Phone 8 becomes successful.... possibly less or slower iPhone sales, therefore less $ for AAPL.

If the carriers all decide to subsidize less of the iPhone.... possibly less or slower iPhone sales, therefore less $ for AAPL.

If AAPL has to do their own iPhone subsidizing or lower iPhone prices to boost sales, less $ for AAPL.

Just something to keep an eye on when AAPL (and AT&T) reports on Tuesday (and Sprint on Wed).
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Apple at $562 now, low of $556.62

Ok boys, what is the concensus? Think it will jump up on earnings report tomorrow? Or continue falling maybe?
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Apple at $562 now, low of $556.62

Ok boys, what is the concensus? Think it will jump up on earnings report tomorrow? Or continue falling maybe?
Fall a bit. I'd imagine their computer sales are slower than anticipated.

No new iMacs or laptops until June, Apple is hopping on the Intel Ivy Bridge bandwagon but that isn't quite out yet.
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I would have bought at $556. That's about a 14% discount from its 52 week high.

It's now up, at $575.
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Fall a bit. I'd imagine their computer sales are slower than anticipated.

No new iMacs or laptops until June, Apple is hopping on the Intel Ivy Bridge bandwagon but that isn't quite out yet.
Intel just today launched Ivy Bridge.

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I would have bought at $556. That's about a 14% discount from its 52 week high.

It's now up, at $575.
Yea before I left to work I saw it was at 558. I was gonna buy some there but I have no available funds left in my brokerage account
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