Agreed. The real target of APPLE giving IBM rights to sell its mobile devices to big corp. market is to thwart Microsoft-Nokia, and to block Samsung from further advances. The target can't be little Blackberry which only has about 1% of US Market in smartphones. If Blackberry's 1% is the market Apple-IBM is after, then Apple-IBM have no growth left.
Agreed, IBM-Apple is after MSFT and maybe even Samsung, despite Android #$%$ sells mainly to low income markets
Not me, I sold Calls expire this July 19th, for $96.43 exercise price (whatever that was pre-split, maybe $675 )
Right, AAPL's losing its gains as we write. And the real point, is how is RIMS' or BBRY's remaining 1 - 2% of Market Share in USA going to do any good for IBM-APPLE even if they get 1/4 of that? So they get 0.25 - .5%? Come on folks that's not what they are after ... they are AFTER MSFT-NOK and GOOGL-Samsung.
right, furthermore MSFT-NOK and GOOGL-Samsung are more AAPL-IBM's target than BBRY. Ignore the news today on this re. BBRY or buy BBRY shares as I just picked up 5,000 at $9.95
Hello knumb-nuts at some Candian Newspaper and Copied by DOW JONES NEWS SVC. into USA. Blackberry only has 1% of the Smartphone Market anymore. Who cares about getting that? The AAPL-IBM deal is against MSFT-NOKIA and GOOGL and SAMSUNG all of whom have a lot more market share in both Smartphones and Tablet Computers.
Remember how annoyed Tamermus poster was with Tim Cook when AAPL stock was down? She even started repeating what some #$%$-Neo was posting tons of when Apple stock was down blaming it on Tim Cook being a #$%$". He wasn't. But where are they now that AAPL stock has recovered? If it was the fault of Tim Cook being a #$%$ (which he wasn't) when AAPL stock was down, then why are not the same idiots and #$%$-Neos now praising him for being #$%$" since stock is up? Back then, I pointed out the world should be thankful for Steve Jobs, who like OBama, straddled several religions (Steve Jobs father was Syrian Muslim, his mother Christian American, and he converted to Bhuddism). Funny now that AAPL stock is recovered, the hate-spewers seem to have moved on to another stock-board.
IBM was your Grandfather's Tech Co. Come to think of it, I had an IBM PC bought in 2000. It was better than most, problem though it still ran on Microsoft Windows 98 junk 2nd edition. IBM made it bit better, but still. IBM's problem is they gave away the PC Market to Microsoft, by licensing Microsoft operating system for first IBM PCs.
IBM has only been getting its earnings up, by borrowing money cheap selling bonds (at recent years low rates) and buying its shares back. So Apple's hooking up with a low-growth company, or even NO-GROWTH CO. Still, I respect IBM a lot more than ANDROID JUNK. IBM never made Junk, full of bugs and prone to security problems. 90% of Mobile Device Viruses and Security Flaws are in the many versions of Android.
IBM's employees are mainly in USA, too expensive, with their Government Employee type pensions and benefits. Its not like APPLE which has bulk of its Employees (90% effectively) in CHINA working 60 - 70 hours a week, in sweat-shops making $1 to $2 an hour, with NO Pensions coming. That's the real secret to Apple's big profitability, bulk of its effective employees make 1/4 to 1/10th what McDonalds burger flippers make.
Remember me posting a lot from Sept. 2012 - early or mid-2013, when Apple was plunging? I finally got tired of reading about SHEEP-HUMPER's victories and just ignored Apple Stock... until lately. My position is Back to about where it was in August. 2012. I had FAITH and HELD AAPL, despite all the Neg. Spin emanating from CNBC. I had Faith. Guess What: APPLE NOW HAS HIGHER MARKET SHARE WHERE IT COUNTS , IN HIGH INCOME JAPAN. APPLE's EARNINGS GOING UP (vs. GOOGL is missing estimates and no earnings growth since 2012). Surprised GOOGL has no earns. growth, well ANDROID serves the low-income part of the market internationally where in poor countries people make $5 - 10 not per hour, but per Day. They are of no value even as Eyeballs to Advertisers, as they have no spendable income, other than survivor food and making rent, and bus-fare. That's GOOGL's market. Apple on other hand is beating Android out among the higher income top strata of China, and the larger high income over 50% of Japan's market. Apple is growing and profitable.
AAPL stock is now safer place to be than Amazon which is dependent on US Consumers who's incomes are falling unless they have government or finance or govt. related jobs. Is now safer place to be than GOOGL which keeps missing forecasts, and will be getting Eyeballs Ad Revenues for the bottom / poorer 80% of the world. The bottom half of those eyeballs are worth about $0 to Advertisers, as what's the point advertising to the bottom half of the world that makes $2 or at most $10 a day.
Apple Stock likely to BREAK-OUT over former $700 all-time high, this Sept./Oct. on strength of increased sales and iPHONE6. Adj. for split, that's over $100 a share. Have bit of Patience, see past this coming summer eventual correction at some point in stocks. Once AAPL finally BREAKS OUT PAST $700 (past $100 split adjusted) it will soon go up another 5% min. to $105 or 10% more to $110 by year-end, stomach guess.
Overall in stocks I'm even higher, I also added, since PEAK Apple values start of Sept. 2012. Fact that I'm back near where Apple formerly Peaked (remember $700 a share, a bit more intraday, would be bit over $100 a share adjust for split), is quite good, because I bought most of it a lot lower, some even under $250 a share (under $35 adj. for 7:1 split). My point is I had faith in the company and its paid off. The stock's back near its former peaks. If we compute my gains from Average AAPL price in 2012, gains would be up more. I'm going to wait until at least AFTER iPHONE6 Intro. this Fall and also some other likely major new product, for AAPL stock to go up at least another 10%. I'm not hopeful for big price rise in Apple this summer, as the overall Stock Market (my gut feel) is over-extended now. But Apple (gut feel) has more to run when it soon reports more sales increases July 22, and then Sept. / Oct. has new product intros.
Maybe Cramer and others remember tons of my posts in 2012 and even till Fall of 2013, I kept writing that CNBC was being overly manipulative and negative about AAPL. I read tons of Sheep-Skinner's bombastic remarks calling Apple Longs all kinds of names, to try and scare them out of their stock. But I'd ignored and not posted on this stock board in about 9 months. I JUST HELD MY APPLE LONG BIG POSITION. Guess what, I'm back to where I was in early Sept. 2012, before Apple began its long slide... in fact I'm even higher. Point is I had faith in Apple as a company, and knew that CNBC's constant focus on increasing market share of profitless poor 3rd World markets Android phones often given away that make $0, was not Apple's Market. Not only does the phone maker not make money on $100 and $200 smartphones, but why would any advertiser want to pay GOOGLE for ads to such worthless low-income eyeballs? We're not talking Low Income as in Attny Genl. Holder and Obama's welfare voter-base, as Welfare Women in USA are given $50,000 and more from the Gub'ment (how they pronounce it). Low Income in India or Guatamala or parts of China may be $10 a day income and under. these people are not worth squat to any advertiser. CONGRATS TO TAMERMOUS and BIG-LEFT-HOOK FOR HOLDING APPLE STOCK. HOLD IT MORE, IT WILL BE 15% HIGHER BY YEAR-END
good point you're making. But the difference in a Smartphone that works better (easier to learn and use) that is less prone to Viruses than Android (90% of all mobile viruses attack Android) and the phone is also less prone to break (Apple phones are far more reliable than average Android phone), adds up to a lot more gain and advantage to an Apple user, than does designer brand stuff vs. regular clothes or Mercedes vs. Buick, and for only $200 to $400 more. Think about it, for $200 to $400 more, or $100 more a year, anyone who'd not low income, saves a lot of time by having a better working, more reliable Apple Smartphone, also less prone to viruses than Android. Its well worth it to all but the world's poor.