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Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL Vs Samsung (KRX:005930), iPad, Galaxy, iPhone, SmartPhone

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Apple Inc. NASDAQ:AAPL Vs Samsung (KRX:005930)

We have not heard the end of this epic technology battle, the Apple win in the USA was countered by a win in Korea by Samsung. The Seoul ruling was a rare victory for Samsung in its arguments that Apple has infringed on its wireless technology patents, which previously have been shot down by courts in Europe where judges have ruled that they are part of industry standards that must be licensed under fair terms to competitors.

The Seoul Central District Court ruling called for a partial ban on sales of products including iPads and smartphones from both companies, though the verdict did not affect the latest-generation phones - Apple's iPhone 4S or Samsung's Galaxy S3.

This battle is far more complicated than many people think as Apple and Samsung are not only competitors in the fast-growing global market for smartphones and tablet computers, but also have a close business relationship.

Samsung, the world's biggest manufacturer of memory chips and liquid crystal displays, supplies some of the key components that go into Apple products, including mobile chips that work as a brain of the iPhone and the iPad.

The South Korean firm overtook Apple in less than three years in smartphone markets. In the second quarter of this year, Samsung sold 50.2 million units of smartphones, nearly twice as much as Apple's 26 million units, according to IDC.

Samsung looks like a bargain in this market.

Institutional Holders


% Shares Owned: 25.16%
# of Holders: 129
Total Shares Held: 5,744,565
3 Mo. Net Change: -377,130
# New Positions: 8
# Closed Positions: 4
# Increased Positions: 37
# Reduced Positions: 34
# Net Buyers: 3


Valuation Ratios


  Company Industry Sector
P/E Ratio (NYSE:TTM) 10.37 0.35 79.17
P/E High - Last 5 Yrs. 12.37 62.67 41.55
P/E Low - Last 5 Yrs. 8.98 9.72 9.39
Beta 0.62 1.10 0.95
Price to Sales (TTM) 1.05 0.22 1.10
Price to Book (MRQ) 1.43 0.81 1.32
Price to Tangible Book (MRQ) 1.82 1.00 1.57
Price to Cash Flow (TTM) 6.28 10.71 11.55
Price to Free Cash Flow (TTM) 105.35 0.76 75.84

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