Even if Apple products were not better Hardware specs./technologically (they are this year with only 64 bit microprocessor, also means their products will not be tech. outdated as soon as others'), and even though Apple's Software does work better (less bugs, less viruses...etc. that cost employed users hundreds dollars per year lost work-time), other Fact is: Apple's brand-image is better, and this is the year of Premium Brand Stocks doing better. Top name brands in most industries with higher quality products are simply out-performing other stocks this year.
not necessary... Apple is having BlowOut sales in JAPAN, go read Bloomberg News. And they don't have long lines... they have Tech Savvy and Well Off Population, that reserves their new iPhone online ahead of time.
Bloomberg is now claiming that Apple has 75% of new Smartphone Sales in JAPAN. Now that Japan's largest carrier DoCoMo started also selling Apple iPHONEs. This is amazing, when given a choice, the most FINICKY and TECH SAVVY people in the world, the JAPANESE are buying Apple phones not just over any Android Clone-Phones, but over SONY and NEC and Sharp and Panasonic phones too.
It can if it Re-Issues the Shares it bought back from $490 down to $390 and back. Especially if it waits to re-issue those Apple Shares when it gets over $600 or even $700. Icahn feels the shares should continue to be bought back even over $700. I say Apple can at some point start to sell its retired shares, by a New Issue Secondary Flotation of Shares, say at $800 when it gets there.
This proves Apple's strategy of premium phone is working. Also works in higher wage Canada, England, Australia. China Apple will never be #1 given their citizens on average make only say $2 an hour, but there is a business upper middle class and government bureaucrat upper class in China that makes tons of money. The top 5 - 10% can buy iPHONES and its still a big big market in China, even if only the top 10%, instead of 30 - 40% buying iPHONES as is case in USA or Japan.
Samsung spends 4X as much on Advertising as Apple does on SmartPhones. This is partly why Samsung's profit-margin is a lot lower than Apple's, also cause Samsung sells mostly cheaper type phones. Nonetheless, Samsung's huge $5 billion marketing budget in smart and cell phones, buys them a lot of friends in the Press.
This is one reason Samsung has much lower profit margins per phone and tablet sold than Apple. Samsung is flooding the market with tons of Promotions, Ads, PR, which comes out of its profit margin per phone sold. APPLE PRODUCTS NEED LESS MARKETING EXPENSE TO SELL.. their QUALITY SELLS THEM.
Samsung spends over 4X as much on ADVERTISING and MEDIA PR as does Apple, to try and convince the world "Samsung products are as good or cool". The Press dare not write bad things about Samsung, since its Corp. Advertising Budget is over 4X as much as Apple's, and that's just for Smartphones and Tablets. Add in Appliances and Samsung's ad budget even more huge. Samsung spends also 4X as much as % of Smartphone Sales on Ads and Marketing --- which is one reason Samsung has lower profit margins in in such than Apple.
yeah, and you can lose that much at times too. Icahn's who he is, since the early 1960s he's made over 20% per year returns... That's all Buffett made too, long-term. If you can do that for even 30 years, let alone 50 years, you'll be Billionaire too. Just not the $20+ Billion of Icahn.
Article points out he's averaged 28% per year return on average the past decade, on stocks he's taken big positions in. That's how he went from only a few Billion 10 years ago, to now nipping at Buffett's heals. Icahn has made even more than Buffett in past decade. And AAPL's his best idea this year he's made clear, and he's ahead and made clear he's not selling soon.
The younger 20 and 30 somethings are not agreeing to be economically raped to support sick old and already AIDS Patients getting cheaper insurance than these old n sick should have.
Because it doesn't attack the root cause of super high health care costs in USA: Fact that big Corp., Govern. and Union employees are all getting tax-free gold plated health insurance. This is why USA spends 20% of GDP on health care vs. half that rest of world. Once health care costs brought down, then more regular Americans could afford it too.
You mean Build Industrial Parks, New Ports, New Highways, New Electric Power Plants, New Bridges. That's what FDR did in the Depressions to boost the Economy and provide for the future (all those new roads and bridges and and Electric Power generating was needed for WWII production..etc.). BUT OBAMA / HOLDER / BUSH Econ. Policies have been to borrow huge amounts of money (Deficits) to FUND PAY RAISES FOR GOVERN. POLITICIANS and Welfare Collectors.
The Government already pays for half Americans Healthcare: a. Govern. Employees, b. much of Dems.' voter base, people on welfare, alcoholics and drug addicts and illegal aliens hiding their cash incomes claiming they need Medicaid, c. old people on Medicare. But rather than reduce Govern. Employees' gold plated free health care, or reducing Medicaid freebies to the Dem's voter-base,... ObamCare pays for expanding health care to pay for PRE-EXISTING CONDITIONS, that is to cover SICK OLD PEOPLE, by requiring YOUNG PEOPLE TO PAY SKY-HIGH INSURANCE RATES FOR HEALTH CARE. Its the young being forced to subsidize the richer old. Not enough healthy young people are signing up for it, that's why ObamCare is failing.
Hillary and Bill Clinton started politics as THIEVES. Stephens Bros. Arkansas' biggest Stock Brokerage, did 100:1 Cattle Futures (back-dated) trades for Hillary, in exchange for Bill Clinton Gov. of Arkansas giving Stephens Bros. all the Arkansas Municipal Bond Underwriting Business.
True, but also there's alot of demand for Apple products in higher income countries. And in the long run, since Apple products retain more of their value on 'trade in', in reality having a better product that works better with more and better aps, didn't cost more money either. Even 3 year old iPHONE4 (3 models ago also) gets almost $200 on trade-in, vs. 3 year old Samsung gets $70 trade-in, market value.
Japan is a wealthy country, with hard working people, who appreciate a SmartPhone that both works better from computer software perspective, and is alot more reliable from the hardware perspective too. Does paying $100 or even $200 more for the smartphone really matter if you have a good company with good customer service standing behind it, and don't have to lose hours twice in 2 years as I did with TMobile trying to get proper warranty service on an Android phone that broke twice same part? Plus my GF's iPHONE5 just plain works better and faster. If time is money, an it is for engineers, lawyers, financial analysts, even for now way overpaid Govern. Managers, the extra cost of an iPHONE over its 3 year life is peanuts per day.