Oh Apple, how do I love thee? Let me count the ways. Valentine's Day or not, it's easy to gush about Apple's (AAPL) $500 a share price, 90% "buy" rating from analysts, $100 billion cash on the balance sheet, and a stable of iProducts that dominate their markets and command a premium too.
Shares of Apple have gained over $100, or close to 25%, just in 2012 alone. Impressive, without a doubt, yet only good enough to rank it 45th in the S&P 500.
Consumers and investors may be salivating over the anticipated launch of Apple's next gadget, but long before that sure-to-be-hyped media moment arrives, a small army of inspectors in China from the Fair Labor Association (FLA) is preparing to go through the Foxconn factories and employee dorms where more than 200,000 people live and work, building electronics for a chic California company that is 5,000 miles and a lifetime away.
It should be noted that Apple is paying for the FLA probe, but even so, tales of long days, militant practices, and unsafe conditions that have allegedly led to some suicides cannot be expected to just disappear, and thus it falls into the risk category.Read More »from 3 Threats to Apple’s Parabolic Rise