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  • Preferred Shares Alchemy And Why It Does Not Work [View article]
    @Momintn: "Inbreeding" is completely true. That's the reality. It's your perception of the effects of a company buying back shares that is false. It isn't what it seems. By not thinking ahead, as to how this will affect the stock price in the future, you are running into, the never immutable, "Law of Unintended Consequences."
    Feb 14, 2013. 04:12 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Shares Alchemy And Why It Does Not Work [View article]
    AAPL is registered is the USA. The shares can only be bought with after tax dollars. Using other overseas entities to own shares would be a violation of USA tax laws.

    Again buying their own shares amounts to investment "inbreeding" that puts downward price pressure on the share price. Better they buy shares of other companies.
    Feb 14, 2013. 04:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Shares Alchemy And Why It Does Not Work [View article]
    Since taxes for a corporation are just another business expense, that is figured into the price of all goods that they sell, the government should stop taxing corporations at all, to reduce the price of all goods sold in the market place.
    Feb 14, 2013. 04:29 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reduce EPS By Issuing Preferred Stock [View article]
    @vinchainsaw: Preferred shares are senior securities,have a fixed annual payment, therefore they are debt, something that you owe, and must pay per year.

    The only way debt focuses my mind is to think of ways of paying off the the debt, as in buying up all the preferred shares, so you don't have to pay the perpetual annual interest, mislabeled as a dividend.
    Feb 13, 2013. 05:06 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Shares Alchemy And Why It Does Not Work [View article]
    Apple can purchase its own stock shares back, only with after tax dollars. Not that buying back their own shares is a good idea at all.
    Feb 13, 2013. 01:32 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Preferred Shares Alchemy And Why It Does Not Work [View article]
    All too true. Nice summation of how Einhorn wants to shaft the long term AAPL shareholders, and leave Apple in a risky financial situation.
    Feb 13, 2013. 02:37 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Reduce EPS By Issuing Preferred Stock [View article]
    @vinchainsaw: Preferred Shares are senior securities, as are Bonds. Both require a fixed annual return that must be paid, before anything can be paid to the common shareholders. Preferred Shares are essentially a debt. In a worse case scenario, if Apple couldn't pay the preferred dividend, then at that time of weakness, they would have to go to banks and wall street, hat in hand, to borrow money, creating more debt, to pay those preferred share dividends. Steve Jobs went to great lengths to put Apple in a debt free situation, which is wonderful for the common shareholders. The common shareholders should have enough good sense not to fall for some song and dance routine from wall street fast buck stock manipulators, and not to kill the golden goose that Steve Jobs has generously and thoughtfully provided for them.
    Feb 12, 2013. 12:58 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Reduce EPS By Issuing Preferred Stock [View article]
    Preferred Shares and bonds, as senior securities, a parasites on the common shareholders wealth. Einhorn's idea of preferred shares is definitely bad for common shareholders.

    Buying back AAPL shares is investment "inbreeding," adding more downward pressure on the stock in down markets or during bear raids, as the company owned share decrease in price too, as the share price drops on the market. It also creates a double taxation scenario on dividends. Better to purchase shares of other large companies (as Apple is doing now) to stabilize market share price from downward market pressure on Apple stock.

    Splitting the stock only plays into the hands of trader who buy on margin and want to play options games for short term market plays, and the clueless, who can't understand that 10 shares at $50 is the same as 1 share at $500, the kind easily panicked into selling as happened in the last few months. Both types detrimental to long term AAPL investors.

    Apple should increase dividend payments as AAPL hits new highs, not now.

    Tim Cook and company should never take any advice from Wall Street manipulators. Long term AAPL investors should know the Wall Street manipulators do not have their best interests at heart.
    The scammers such as Einhorn just want to make a fast buck, then sell their shares and run. They don't care if they leave a broken company behind, and leave the long term AAPL investors holding the bag. Tim Cook should pull a Steve Jobs and tell Wall Street to go screw itself. Apple is the best run company on the planet.
    Feb 11, 2013. 11:13 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why The Living Room Is Too Small For Apple [View article]
    Let's not forget that Apple is an Ecosystem. Having all of your Apple hardware seamlessly integrated, is what will make Apple's iView TV system a success. That and the fact that Apple products actually work, will make Apple fans pay more for reliability.

    Content isn't really that big of an issue, as most hits shows now won't exist in 2-3 years. Apple can do its own content, and the system will be way more than TV shows.
    Feb 11, 2013. 02:31 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Apple: The $200 Billion Question [View article]
    Apple never advertised that they were cool. People, the market place, determined that for themselves. Samsung advertising their "coolness" is a case of Samsung management believing their own PR releases. When you're cool, other people just know it, you don't have to tell them.
    Feb 11, 2013. 12:01 PM | 8 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Things Apple Must Do To Regain Its Dominance [View article]
    @bjnflicks: "a lot of super loyal investors faced margin calls." Excuse me, but super loyal investors aren't buying on margin. Those were short term speculators, whose margin positions weaken AAPL share price, and helped bring it down.

    Super loyal investors are the long term investors, who paid full price up front and didn't put AAPL shares, nor other classes of investors at risk, as those who "bought" on margin did.
    Feb 10, 2013. 10:22 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Things Apple Must Do To Regain Its Dominance [View article]
    @abh3vt: No they can't. And they shouldn't purchase their own stock anyway. See my comment above. Apple's management is doing just fine, and doesn't need any simple minded solutions from Apple's so called "investors." If you want a company that is buying back shares, splitting their stock, or raising their dividends on demand, then sell your Apple shares and buy a company that suits your needs.
    Feb 10, 2013. 12:27 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Things Apple Must Do To Regain Its Dominance [View article]
    Even now, after the drop in price, Apple's stock price is still higher than when Steve Jobs was alive.

    Keeping the customers happy is what keeps the company in business, to the benefit of the shareholders.

    Anyone unhappy with the way Apple is being managed has the right to sell their shares, and buy some other stock that is more to your liking.

    Tim Cook is doing fine job of taking Apple into the future. Let him do his job, which is making Apple grow larger and richer. The future of AAPL will be awesome.
    Feb 9, 2013. 11:58 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • 3 Things Apple Must Do To Regain Its Dominance [View article]
    You #1 suggestion plays right into the hands of the corporate raiders and short sellers. Buying back shares, splitting the stock or raising the dividend at this time will be twisted by the anti-Apple media as acts of desperation to save the share price. Splitting the stock doesn't change anything, all it does is attract dumbbells who can't see that one share at $475 equals 10 shares at $47.50, that is the same type of dopes who panic sold in the last few months. Long term Apple holders don't need those type of "investors" buying in. Buying back shares is investment "inbreeding" and puts extra downward pressure on the stock price in a declining market, as the shares they hold decline too. Better they invest in Oracle or Microsoft. It's much harder for the shorts to take down several large stocks at once. Increasing the dividend is something Apple should do when the stock reaches a new high, then it will appear as an act of strength, rather than the act of desperation that it will be twisted as now. Issuing bonds and/or preferred stocks will only be parasitic of the common share value.

    As for #2 and #3, if you don't think AAPL has a China policy, then you haven't been paying attention. None of your suggestions for dealing with China Mobile are useful. It's China Mobile that wants Apple products and Tim Cook is playing them correctly. Apple should get rid of Al Gore, and never even consider hiring Bill Clinton. that's crazy. Google in no threat the Apple. Android sucks. Maps are just another app. How many more map apps does the world need? Why reinvent the wheel? The search tech is getting easier to do, and there are smaller companies making dents in Google now. Better to use funds to acquire those types of companies, rather than start from scratch.

    Overseas funds can not be used in the USA for dividends, interest payments or even collateral for loads here, unless they are from taxed dollars(here) or after tax dollars for dividends. Even the government was clever enough to see those possible tax avoidance moves. The offshore funds can and are being used in other ways. Apple's money is invested both here and abroad. It's not sitting around earning 0% as some Apple critic allege.

    In short, Tim Cook is doing a great job for the long term common share owners of Apple. It's not his fault the the US has insane tax policies, or that bear raiders attacked Apple. Apple's fundamentals are better than any company ever. It the long term Apple has nowhere to go but up.
    Feb 8, 2013. 02:37 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • A Lower-Risk, Lower-Reward Strategy For Gaining Exposure To Apple [View article]
    The best way to invest in Apple, is to invest in AAPL.
    Feb 8, 2013. 02:52 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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