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  • Apple: $500 A Share Now Solidly Behind It, $550 Target Up Ahead [View article]
    I bought some more shares at 508.40, 10 cents more than you, ahead of earnings, which I suspect will be in line with or beat estimates. I also bought in $440 range, shares I will be holding for the growing dividend, as I suspect Apple may not fall back to low 400's for many years. Anything is possible but one must always make the best educated decision they can when investing.

    People can also buy premarket or aftermarket right after a company releases earnings, if they are better than expected with strong future guidance, verses prior to earnings which adds risk if uncertain as to what earnings will be.
    Oct 20, 2013. 03:45 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: $500 A Share Now Solidly Behind It, $550 Target Up Ahead [View article]
    Yes Apple has been quietly, pro-actively and competently despite Wall street in the background, positioning themselves to be a highly relevant, successful, leading US tech company for decades to come. Increases in Apple R&D spending along with Tim Cook regularly expressing beginning significantly earlier this year in public arenas including at both recent quarterly calls, in magazine articles i.e. in a recent interview of him in Business Insider, at a Goldman Sachs conference Feb 2013 that Apple is fostering innovation across the company in all employees (everyone's ideas/input is valuable/important in Cook's view), with growth as a focus with growth catalysts including innovations to current products/services and in entirely new products/services. Clearly indicate Cook is focusing on Apple's long-term relevance and success, via active innovation/R&D, attracting talent/skilled/motivated employees, maintaining profitable profit margins, increased environmental sustainability (part of brand as well) and maintaining a relevant, popular brand. Cook's ethical/competent image is also good for the Apple brand.

    The China mobile deal is one key part of the obvious long-term success plan Cook, Oppenheimer ect.. have for Apple. Building a foundation of embedded, continuous creativity and innovation throughout the company as Apple is doing is positive for Apple's overall long-term fundamental growth and relevance, and of course earnings per share and more revenue for a growing dividend for income investors.

    We have seen these innovations in the new iOS operating system, the design of the macpro tower, and will be based on increased Apple R&D, Cook's comments and Apples new research centres entirely new products and services to accompany the iphone,ipad ect..

    Considering as most growth investors know that technology continuously evolves although some fundamentals remain the same, it is very investor positive to hear Cook actively communicating Apple is committed to embedded innovation and it's long-term success.
    Oct 18, 2013. 01:33 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Has Many Aces Up Its Sleeve [View article]
    Very true regarding the increasing focus on longevity and optimal health by people globally. Consider the stellar last quarter earnings by health oriented food companies like Hains, and certainly obesity, diabetes type two and other lifestyle largely caused medical conditions are increasing with some people. However millions of other folks are with dedication and genuine committment to their health are increasingly buying product/services which add to their well being and health in many regards. These kinds of people like to research health and are largely tech. savvy great potential customers for Apple health products/services. The health and fitness sector is in it's early stage of growth, Apple would be smart to position itself in this sector, ahead of the curve.
    Oct 16, 2013. 01:04 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • I'd Buy Apple From This Billionaire That's Selling [View article]
    Thank-you for the insightful comment re: beating the market.
    Oct 16, 2013. 12:33 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Valuation And Forecasts [View article]
    Very true, tech evolves and changes very rapidly.
    Oct 16, 2013. 12:31 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: Valuation And Forecasts [View article]
    Very true, technology changes and evolves so fast, a key positive for Apple in this regard is Cook's increasingly proactive focus on continually fostering innovation throughout the company and encouraging all staff to think entrepreneurially. As innovation in new products/services and of entirely new products/services is key for all tech. companies long-term relevance and continual growth.

    Many studies i.e. by Deloitte and Touche indicate companies which encourage an entrepreneurial spirit, creative thinking, ect.. in all employees and sincerely encourage them to share their ideas at work and build on them, develop more new successful products/services than companies that focus on a top down (just a few ideas people in management) innovation approach. The wisdom of the crowd and respect for all people's ideas ensures more reliable and stable new growth ideas/products.
    Oct 16, 2013. 12:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Retail: Meet The New Boss, Better Than The Old Boss [View article]
    Tim Cook is doing very well as CEO i.e. consider the popularity of the Apple brand (number one in world), increased R&D spending at Apple, ability to retain motivated/talented staff, strategic focus on new product categories ...his tenure is just beginning. As an Apple customer and investor I personally am increasingly confident in Tim Cook's competence as Apple's CEO, dedication to Apple's long-term success via embedded innovation, skills, environmental sustainability, abilities and ethical character.

    Ahrendt however seems a sound fit as head of retail, she genuinely cares about people key as she has 1000's of Apple retail staff who will be working for her, and she has an excellent track record in her job as CEO of Burberry.
    Oct 16, 2013. 12:17 AM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple Retail: Meet The New Boss, Better Than The Old Boss [View article]
    As well as the retail investors including myself, regarding the importance of innovation embedded in Apple's culture from retail to engineers everyone has an imagination who knows whose idea might be the next Apple game changing product. Tim Cook wished for someone who could inspire and motivate people to think entrepreneurial, that person would have to genuinely care about people an important characteristic to him in other people, but as well very importantly people are much more motivated to live to their potential in their jobs, and think creatively when working for a caring, competent, sincere person as Ms. Ahrendts is known to be. Cook has said innovation at Apple is everybodies job, everyone has ideas.

    Also this choice is a reflection of Tim Cook's own personality, as he values people who are empathic and are sincerely prosocial and care about other people just as he does. These caring, friendly qualities of Tim Cook's likely due in part to his Southern roots is also excellent for the Apple brand.
    Oct 16, 2013. 12:06 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Preview: Micron Technology [View article]
    Says Oct. 10th on MU's investor website.
    Sep 24, 2013. 09:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Preview: Micron Technology [View article]
    Great comment thank-you, but re: 4th Q earnings Oct 10th is on MU's website.
    Sep 24, 2013. 09:54 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Preview: Micron Technology [View article]
    MU's investor site states Oct. 10th, while Nasdaq earnings calendar writes Sept. 26th and the streets. Oct. 10th would most likely then be the 4th Q. call, based on what MU says. Can anyone confirm, thank-you. Yahoo finance states Sept. 30, I haven't seen so much ambiguity regarding an earnings call date and time.
    Sep 24, 2013. 09:53 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Earnings Preview: Micron Technology [View article]
    This is confusing as on the Nasdaq earnings calendar they are scheduled to report on Sept. 26th. The street also writes Sept. 26th, however on MU's investor Oct. 10 is provided as the earnings date. Which one is it? Does anyone know, I am assuming it is most likely in line with what MU says on their own investor site, but Nasdaq's earnings calendar is generally always accurate. Thank-you.
    Sep 24, 2013. 09:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Two Harbors: Insiders Are Buying The Pullback In This Newly Upgraded 11% Yielder [View article]
    You were right! Likely will be December 2013, small and gradual.
    Sep 21, 2013. 03:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Will Micron Ever Be Shareholder Friendly? [View article]
    Also as reached a new high due to fed continued taper this morning premarket, hence alot of profit taking and rebuying once it bottomed out at 17. As well there is some uncertainty regarding an overinflated equities market, investors are taking a time out and planning their next investments. If you had a loss today MU should rally up prior to earnings so can catch up there, although some uncertainty as to whether they will beat analysts expectations, they very well could based on demand for DRAM ect..
    Sep 19, 2013. 03:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Buy Priceline, Premium Perspective On Apple, And Weekly Outlook [View article]
    Thank-you. The point re: a mid priced iphone 5c (c for lovely colours) will bring in far more revenue than a lower priced 5c, has flown over some analysts radar. Apple clearly very smartly decided to focus on profit and quality verses market share. Analysts stating a lower priced iphone 5c would bring in more profit are not making any sense, the margins would be so much less, then the mid price Apple is focusing on.

    Yet the media at large has without thinking the argument through have just reiterated what these analysts have said, when the opposite would occur revenue will be higher with a mid-priced verses a very inexpensive iphone 5c. The much lower priced market is super saturated. I find Philip Elmer Dewitt from Fortune provides his objective opinion and facts/stats to support or dispute analyst's opinions. It is also up to investors to read everything with some critical thinking, but we all deserve well written, as close to fact based articles about equities.
    Sep 16, 2013. 06:40 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment