it doesn't matter when you sell the hardware whether the buyer uses all the fuctionality, there are no style points here, only who sold what and how many.
right re trends, and the trend is now their share of smart phone market has started to slip. Look at their earnings, they derive a significant portion of their net prpfits from phone sales. I have been warning on aapl since last fall when price was well over 600 and price has dropped ALOT since then. I certainly wouldn't short the stock here and they are by no means gonna become NOk or BBRY, but I think their ultimate shape going forward is yet to be determined. For those seeking growth, look elsewhere, this has become a div and value play. Or trade it, whatever, I just think it's gonna be along time before this sees 500 and stays above it.
Or people who have waited to sell, and there are lots of them, get the aapl put handed to them. aapl acts as the new buyer for those sellers. May actually create greater supply once participants see the new buyer and scramble to sell their shares.
from Marketwatch today. Just makes me wonder where they are gonna get future growth from.
Apple Inc.'s /quotes/zigman/68270/quotes/nls/aapl AAPL +0.72% iPhone saw its share of the global smartphone market decline to 18% in the first quarter from 23% a year earlier, with its shipment growing at the lowest rate ever in its history, research firm Strategy Analytics said in its latest report.
In the same quarter, South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. captured its highest-ever market share of 33% in the global smartphone market, compared to 29% a year earlier, the report said.
The data from Strategy Analytics comes as Apple's growth strategy comes under close scrutiny from investors and analysts. While Samsung sells many smartphones in various price ranges from low-end to high-end, Apple has so far focused on the premium segment of the market with its iPhone.
People familiar with the iPhone's production told The Wall Street Journal earlier this month that Apple are working with its manufacturing partners in Asia on a less expensive iPhone that could be launched as early as the second half of this year.
"Samsung shipped almost two times more smartphones and grew nine times faster than Apple during the (first) quarter," said Strategy Analytics Executive Director Neil Mawston in the report. "Apple's premium-only strategy for the iPhone is approaching a natural ceiling and it will need to expand deeper into large markets like China or launch a lower-priced iPhone model for mass-market users," he said.
Samsung's world-wide smartphone shipment rose 56% to a record 69.4 million units in the quarter, while Apple's shipment grew 7% to 37.4 million units, its lowest-ever year-on-year growth rate, the report said.
Demand for inexpensive smartphones is growing rapidly in China, which has already overtaken the U.S. as the world's largest smartphone market. In China, competition is fierce in the mid-to-low end segment, with Samsung taking on Chinese handset makers such as Huawei Technologies Co. and Lenovo Group Ltd. (0992.HK).
South Korea's LG Electronics Inc. (066570.SE) became the world's third-largest smartphone vendor in the quarter for the first time ever, as its market share rose to 4.9% from 3.2%. Huawei came fourth with a 4.8% share, up from 3.3% a year earlier.
Hey mr squeeze, I feel bad, we don't talk anymore, ya know, about all the inane things you have posted that I tried vainly to dissaude you of. Anyhoo, who cares re buyback and divs? No one who matters. aapl has squandered, in classic fashion, the cash they have, should have been buying co's and technology to get to the next level. Now, a day late and a dollar short, they come up with this as their big splash. This speaks to a clear lack of ideas and poor financial management. Oh yeah, by the way you know the old saying about calling bottoms: guys who do that get carried out. oh, by the way, as of this writing aapl trading pre mkt 397.
you can't point to a fibonacci retracement until a clear bottom is in, which it clearly ain't. Pls refrain from speaking on topics you don't actually understand.
interesting take on what may be aapl's future The call of the day: For Apple AAPL -0.56% investors freaking out and looking for a bottom, the sorta-good news, according to the Cracked Market blog, is that it should find one around $350 and bounce back. The bad news, it’ll be a temporary respite. The blogger used Microsoft as a comparison, however unfairly it may be. While Microsoft lacks the pizzazz of Apple, it’s never faced any real competition and still has a 70% hold on the PC market, he wrote.
The mostly rhetorical question he poses: “AAPL’s long since given up the crown to Android, it recently fell behind Samsung, and is on the verge of being outsold by the Galaxy S4. If MSFT’s stock price was flat for the last decade with stable profit margins and 80% market share, how is AAPL going to thrive in a fiercely competitive and commoditized hardware segment?”
I have heard a lot of calls for support levels in this stock, all of which have failed as of late. Looking at a 3 yr weekly chart I see the next support at approx 358-359-ish. That corresponds to the low hit in Nov 2011. There is also the 200 wk MA at 368, although in moves down like this those often are penetrated, although certainly worth keeping an eye on. None of this is a prediction that it is going to those levels, although with this downside momentum cracking previous supports, these seems like plausible next targets.
Hey squeeze, where's the love? You never write back anymore. All that cash is part of what has sunk them. I noted that here previously. All that cash is a drag on the balance sheet and speaks to a lack of a plan for what to do next=lack of confidence by the large money folks who actually move things as opposed to people who post on Yahoo. You simply don't understand what is happening and why so best just close the old pie hole.
that's the support for the call? the call buyers need some love? laughable. Even if it does finish up it prob won't have anything to do w your thoughts. You, my fine feckless poster, are an Anusian.
this is sad. you are serious. What a lack of understanding about how the markets and business work.
Hey Droptracker, how goes it? You still "averaging down"? Sliding down the rope of hope? Please, anyone who has read, reads or will read his rubbish, be warned, he is not to be relied upon. The stock is off over 40% and yet he is still spouting delusional nonsense. Amateur.
Hey, it's your old correspondent, remember?, from November? Ya know, like 170 pts ago? You still buying? That must get tiring. And painful. Put on your big boy pants and fill us in.
what indicators are you using to assess an oversold condition? What indicators are divergent? none that I follow, I just reviewed them, In fact what this is currently showing is confirming the trend, which is down.
hey squeezetracker, how's it goin? We exchanged thoughts back in early November, about your "buy aapl on the way down" strategy. When it was at, like 550. tried tio get in touch a month ago but, strangely, you didn't respond. Still averaging down?