It's not criminal b/c it's no illegal but is this the idea of stability: just b/c AAPL is slowing, it still has a much more stable balance sheet, and even pays a shareholder. Meanwhile , the flight to divedendless loss leaders as result? That's no a sign of stability. Think is shows that this market is dominated by hedge funds. They don't care what they buy things at. They care about price action.
Correct. Investment has been totally displaced by trading. Traders do not care about the value of assets, they simply need to move the price. The market has killed the concept of investment... It is rewarding malinvestment and thus killing the real economy.