Apple's (AAPL -0.2%) newly declared interest in using its cash for “strategic opportunities”...

Apple's (AAPL -0.2%) newly declared interest in using its cash for “strategic opportunities” begins a parlor game of what its $50B cash hoard might buy. Kaufman analyst Shawn Wu tosses out Electronic Arts (ERTS -1.3%), Netflix (NFLX +0.6%) and - most intriguing of all - Facebook. But Apple might be better served by prudent acquisitions that boost its mobile products.

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  • TK5656
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    As an Apple shareholder I wouldn't mind a special dividend!
    20 Oct 2010, 11:07 AM Reply Like
  • Lincoln Jiang
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    At a cursory glance, I think it seems silly for Apple to make any brazen kind of acquisition in the near future, especially with only marginally related companies like those 3 above.


    I think that they'll continue to make small acquisitions to either improve their existing product line (by offering an enhanced feature, etc.) or to expand into a new market. Apple seems to be very disciplined about spending its cash, and it would be highly unlikely that they will make any big (>$2B, let's arbitrarily say) acquisition in the next year or two.
    20 Oct 2010, 06:47 PM Reply Like
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