Being a CEO is not an easy job. You cannot get every little thing right every single time. No you can't. For 3 times now I have been CEO. So I can tell you it's not easy. But what is important is that a CEO must be paranoid and be on the lookout for what could go wrong. For this must have a continuous 360-degree vigilance and be open to receiving criticism and always, always watch the customer.
I am not saying Tim Cook should be fired. The job he was handed was formidable. I do not know another CEO that could have kept his resolve through a 40% stock slide and a beating in market share that too by your own partner. But he could have done better.
While it appears that Cook did get a few things right, on close examination it appears that these moves were knee-jerk reactions made after lack of foresight, lack of preparedness, vigilance and competitive insight:
1) Maps fiasco: In response Cook did fire Forstall, I will give him credit for shaking up the structure. But wait, let's take a look at what went wrong here. First of all, who signed off on removing Google Maps from the OS? That was a dumb move and caused Apple a humiliating backtracking. There was zero competitive advantage.
2) Larger Screen phone: It is rumored that Apple will release a larger phone. I love my iiPhone5. My brother-in-law has one of those 5+inch Samsung notes and he looks like he is holding a brick o his face when he talks. I hate, hate, hate the idea of a large phone. But the market is never singularly segmented. If you were the CEO and saw Samsung taking away chunks of your market, would you not have swallowed your pride and introduced a larger screen phone?
3) iPad Mini: Same problem here, only after others like Samsung, Amazon, Google introduced smaller tablets.
4) Dividends, Buyback: Again knee-jerk market reaction, and way, way too late!
5) Lower priced phones: Cook waited until even blogs were pointing out that emerging markets wanted a lower priced phone. Knee jerk again!
Sentiment: Strong Buy
I still have shares and money's locked up. No choice but to hold until things are finalized. Either something or nothing...to be determined.....
I believe within the next two weeks you will here why the Apple has gone sour. Just my opinion so wait and see. I sure hope Nokia enforces it's Intellectual Property on those bright cyans and yellows as the Apple thieves are in full force. I own more Microsoft shares than you would believe and I am not selling all of it. The board there is similar you have the heredik there too and there is one guy that posts similar to mine and there is a guy that hijacked his id by a slight character change and posts repeatedly.
The think you will like about Microsoft is you WILL get a good dividend and it adds up and up and up. People who buy low amounts of shares may eventually get more with the 2 for 1 splits they are famous for. However, that has not happened since the economy and tech bubble decline. It used to happen more often than most stocks.
Wait and see how the vibe is with Apple and it's latest and greatest and see if it is the shet. If not, than you know Mr. Softy is open for business.
I never recommend stocks to anyone and I would say no one should even consider buying the stock based on what I say. It is just my personal reason for owning it and thought people might like to continue the message board over there if this fizzles.
The Microsoft & Nokia will be thought of as the same company for the next few years
The near term catalyst with Microsoft is they have numerous new gadgets coming in the pipeline. And by the way I am typing this on a Windows 8.1 computer that I use to write Windows 8 phone apps and it is better than any pc I have ever owned. Never a crash, Instant boot, lightning speed, lightning browser and NO PROBLEMS at all. It does not feel as clunky for whatever reason and it is easier to find things. Also the 8.1 version allows you to use the Sky Drive as a regular hard drive in any application just like your c: drive. That feature is worth upgrading to alone. You can also automatically upload photos to that Sky Drive from a Nokia Lumia Phone. XBOX 1
one could ask ... " what was he thinking ? " ... but it is pathological ... combine that with being unqualified and incompetent and you get the clusterph#ck of Syria
now the coward is trying to dump his sh#t on congress
I say cover your short....you called bobbey an idiot and your the one holding the bag shortie. When it opens @ $16 next week you can ask yourself why you listened to Ackman in the first place.
HINT also, just like BLACKS use the TAXI CAB DRIVER excuse, "That's the way they are so we let them continue"
Using innocent women are children as shields is what they are so ....
Voter registration cards. Hologramed to prevent fraud. Thumb print to prevent fraud. Picture on ID must match voter registration book. Nobody complaining about pubs trying to limit black, Spanish, foreign, gay, libiot, transvestite, prisoner, or 47 percenter voting.
Its in the "Bag" and investors will be justly rewarded next week or sometime in September. Apple come next week could gain a billion news customers all eager to check out new iPhone lite.
I don't think Mr. Lalonde is working for GG....why? I don't have a good reason......I just don't think he is. I don't believe he improved his public speaking, in order to just pitch it over to the Brooks and Dunn's guys.LOL. He just made a public acquisition, which showed me that he has dug in his cleats, so to speak. I do think there is a bigger picture. Mr. Rowlandson even stepped in the public market, as if to say, that he was going to throw a few chips in the RBY plate. I believe RBY is dashing here and there, jabbing some to the left, some to right, and the neighbor can't seem to get a good swing at us.LOL. This is really irritating, but what is a "kid" to do but sit back and watch the show. The 'neighbor" thinks they own red lake, imo, and it's time to tell them......"move it on over"..we are going to be the next BIG DOG.......woooooooohooooooooo.......we could stand some help from Mr. Midas though!
Move it on Over - Hank Williams
Sentiment: Strong Buy