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  • Apple Depends On Strong Demand For The iPhone 6 [View article]
    Forty-one APPL articles written in the last year by Mr. Blair that were slanted negative, almost all on marketshare, and not one has made a reader a nickel. Stock up 40%.

    The point is?
    May 6 05:21 PM | 45 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Continues To Bleed Market Share [View article]
    Looks like SA finally took MB off the AAPL article board. Wise move on their part.
    May 5 06:34 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Has The Apple Fallen? [View article]
    "My math shows 210k for every 10 point increase. After the 10 point move, I plan to sell calls 1 month out and hope to get at least 1point premium for 210 contracts."


    Also trading covered calls on AAPL but do so on a weekly rather than monthly basis. The premiums received over four weekly trade usually exceed that of a single monthly and it allows more freedom to capture share price increases or roll forward if the stock moves substantially.

    Option pricing is based on volatility with more volatile stocks garnering greater premium. Also, higher priced stocks have greater premium. Since AAPL has been releasing quarterly expected forecasts the volatility has declined. A share split should also reduce premiums. Going forward, both would suggest if you looked at the current option pricing one month out at a $7 premium, you could divide that share price by 7 and expect your $1 premium. The June 06 @ 605 are currently priced at $7 and $14 difference in target minus actual. That would be about $2 difference between the two after the split which seems tight based on your assumptions on share price increases.

    I held all my AAPL shares in IRAs and got called recently. Waiting on a pull back to sell some puts and get back in. IRAs encourage more trades since you forego tax consequences but they also eliminate margin trade possibilities. Probably keeps me out of trouble.
    May 2 05:48 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • iPads And Tablet Growth [View article]
    Or, you could use airplay to any HD screen, at least with Apple.
    Apr 29 03:09 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Q2 Review And Q3 Outlook [View article]
    Ka ching!
    Apr 27 09:08 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Why Do The Bears Get It Wrong? [View article]

    Best comment and analysis and far more insightful then the author's article. Since most Android/MSFT consumers buy on price, while assuming and expecting they are choosing the best of a bad lot, those that pay more for Apple receive a better experience in both hardware and software. That is what builds loyalty, not fear of change. Since almost everyone that purchases an iPhone or iPad began with MSFT, they recognize the benefits of Apple. The MSFT and Android bigots are really the fearful, or cheap, users the author is describing.

    Users without Apple experience just don't see and therefore deny the benefits as a possibility
    Apr 27 09:59 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The 5 Reasons Apple's Earnings Report Was Huge [View article]
    A battery in a 17 month old phone has a statistical probability of failure. They offer a one year warranty and Apple Care to extend the warranty but as an Apple product user of many years, I am probably not telling you anything new. Curious if your carrier also offered such a support extension as well at a monthly fee.

    If you really want to see weak support, switch to Samsung or read the many comments posted on websites like Amazon. Compared to the competitors support, Apple really is without peer in the industry.
    Apr 24 09:16 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Q2 Review And Q3 Outlook [View article]
    While I agree that some of his comments to readers were polite, some were snide and arrogant. I would hope in the future the "Good Michael" wins out and all his comments would maintain that level of professionalism.

    Michael often touted his success on MSFT and INTC as reason to trust his judgement on AAPL. Unfortunately his performance on AAPL and BBRY show that one should not confuse success on one investment as offering wisdom or proof of infallibility in another.

    I do appreciate MB's quick publishing of this article with hat in hand. Good evidence that the "Good Michael" might win the day after all.
    Apr 24 10:16 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse [View article]

    While currently follower, I'm questioning my wisdom after this Apple article. Apple's ecosystem for the iPhone is more than Apps. How about FaceTime, iTunes, AirPlay, AppleTV, iPad, iPod and their software? All work together seamlessly and elegantly. My guess is that no one in the family has ever actually used an Apple ecosystem or this glaring error would not have been made.

    After that omission the rest of the article has zero credibility IMHO. The tech insights are soft at best if not in a few cases erroneous. But, glad your wife likes the phone without an ecosystem.
    Apr 15 08:03 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Ideas For This High-Risk Market Environment [View article]
    Good article and comment. Too many posts on SA decry the use of DCF as "just arithmetic" and suggest the market always offers perfect pricing. Yet, most professional acquisitions would never proceed without one in hand.

    A retail investor often acquires shares similar to a home purchase, paying what the market dictates and "hoping" for an increase. A rental property is examined for revenues, expenses, cash flows, tax consequences and potential capital appreciation. DCF brings part of such discipline to stock investing while eliminating some risk or at least identifying it at acquisition. Better to differentiate the kitty from the cougar before your money is tied to its tail.

    My concern with dividend investing at this point is tied to interest rates, similar to concern about bonds. If rates rise, won't share prices decline to increase yields? If so, where is the safe harbor during such an event? How can an investor identify the probability of rate increases?
    Apr 12 09:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Competitors Are Like Piranhas Chewing Up Apple [View article]
    "Everything you can do in Apple ecosystem with Apple devices you can do in MS ecosystem with MS and 3rd party devices."

    Everything you can do in Apple ecosystem with Apple devices you can do in MS ecosystem with MS, 3rd party devices, 3rd party software, virus checker, registry cleaner, malware cleaner, weekly updates, a geek squad, reboots, MSFT chat boards, several hours and a stream of expletives deleted.

    There. Fixed it.
    Apr 9 08:32 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Competitors Are Like Piranhas Chewing Up Apple [View article]

    Why torture yourself? After my Samsung Blackjack keyboard broke in six months, I thought problems were solved by moving to the Blackberry Bold. Hardware reliability was great but the battery life was random and after the third crash and complete reload, at the time requiring most of a day, I checked out my wife's iPhone 4 and dived into the Apple pool. It's been several years now, multiple phone upgrades and we are both thrilled with the reliability and quality of Apple products and their ease of use. Comments like yours led me to invest in Apple shares and we remain very satisfied users as well as shareholders.
    Apr 9 08:57 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Competitors Are Like Piranhas Chewing Up Apple [View article]

    I'm old tech too and belatedly migrating completely to Apple products as a result of the positive experience with Apple on the iPhone and other products we have purchased. My original bias against Apple was rooted in a belief that all PC's were similar so one merely needed to pick the best of a bad lot and upgrade periodically. Expectations on support, reliability and ease of use had to meet a very low bar so why pay more?

    To answer the question of why Apple has been so successful in the cellphone market you must get in the pool. I use the phone constantly but typically not as a phone. It is a mobile PC that allows me access to vast amount of information and useful tools that each user can customize around their unique lifestyle requirements. Since smartphones have been out for a while I would consider myself not old tech without mine but either low tech or no tech. Couldn't live without one and convinced Apple has the ingredients to continue to thrive and grow in the vast consumer market.
    Apr 9 08:22 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: The Storm Before The Calm [View article]
    Thanks for the article and reply Bill. There was an SA article I'll have to search for that catalogued Apple's tendency to drop post earnings. It made me hedge my position on the last earnings report. Might do the same this quarter as well if we have a run up before earnings.
    Apr 9 07:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: The Storm Before The Calm [View article]

    Sounds reasonable. Has Apple ever used these calls to introduce product? Sound like intros might be later in the year like 2013? Seem like there is always a post earnings drop?
    Apr 8 07:39 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment