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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

AppleGrandCentral.com - Apple LOSES Iphone5 in BAR AGAIN, Police SEARCH MAN'S Home - REALLY APPLE?

AppleGrandCentral.com - Apple LOSES Iphone5 in BAR AGAIN, Police SEARCH MAN'S Home - REALLY APPLE?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

AppleGrandCentral.com - Apple Could Be at MORE RISK Than Anticipated if Recession Lies Ahead

Apple Could Be at MORE RISK Than Anticipated if Recession Lies Ahead

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If we do enter into a strong economic recession or even a period of lack luster spending, then Apple will likely face growth hurdles; which would lead to declines in the stock. A repeat of the 2008 and 2009 market declines would mean a likely 50-60% decline in share price or $228 per share, or Apple shares at roughly $152.
The one good thing is that Apple's January 2013 puts are not that much more expensive compared to the SPY puts. January 2013 $380 puts cost $61.75 or 16.25% of the stock price while January 2013 $119 puts SPY cost $15.79 or 13.26% of the stock price. Comparable puts in Amazon cost 18.54%.
Since Apple puts do not cost that much more in premium than SPY puts it is much less complicated to simply buy Apple puts versus trying to hedge and correlate. The one added benefit of buying Apple puts versus SPY puts is that you get protection if Apple starts to fall out of favor.
Some things that could cause Apple to fall out of favor are: Steve Jobs abruptly leaving the company, a highly touted product fails upon launch, growth slows down in existing products with no new highly touted products to boost results or a combination of all three."

Saturday, August 6, 2011

AppleGrandCentral.com - Apple Will Have Huge Presence On World's Largest Cell Network (ChinaMobile)

AppleGrandCentral.com - Apple Will Have Huge Presence On World's Largest Cell Network (ChinaMobile)

"Apple COO Tim Cook was reportedly seen visiting the wireless operator's headquarters last month, fueling rumors that the two companies are nearing a deal.

Apple's growth in China has been an important piece of the company's business in recent months, amounting to $9 billion alone this year. That trend is expected to continue upward, with China's smartphone market estimated to be worth $70 billion total."

AppleGrandCentral.com - Needham: Apple Stock Target: $540!

AppleGrandCentral.com - Needham: Apple Stock Target: $540!

"Investment firm Needham & Company on Friday upped its price target for Apple stock to $540, with projected sales of 54 million iPads and 108 million iPhones in 2012.

Analyst Charlie Wolf provides semi-annual updates on his AAPL 12-month price target. Friday, he increased that projection from $450, originally set in February, to $540, but for different reasons than price target raises in the past.

In Wolf's latest projection, the iPhone only contributed modestly to his increased price target. Instead, he has increased his models for Mac and iTunes revenue.

Wolf breaks down Apple's projected value per share with a dollar amount assigned to each of the company's major product categories. In the latest numbers, iTunes saw the largest percentage increase in value, up 82.3 percent, to represent what he called "explosive growth in iOS applications sales."

In addition, he expects the iPad to capture a larger share of the tablet market going forward than was previously anticipated. In Wolf's model, the iPad accounts for 12.2 percent, or $65.62, of the $540 price target."

AppleGrandCentral.com - Samsung Galaxy Tab, HP TouchPad Push iPad-Conquering Strategies

AppleGrandCentral.com - Samsung Galaxy Tab, HP TouchPad Push iPad-Conquering Strategies

"Apple will seize some 61 percent of the tablet market this year, according to a newDigiTimes report.
That prediction comes just as Apple’s rivals seem to be scrambling for any sort of competitive leverage against the iPad juggernaut. DigiTimes also expects Apple to ship some 25.5 million iPads in the second half of 2011, which would represent a 76 percent rise from the first six months of the year.
One of those rivals, Hewlett-Packard, is busy slashing the price of its recently released TouchPad. First, it took $50 off the sticker price, and for this weekend only, the tablets are selling with an additional $100 rebate. Earlier in August, HP pushed an over-the-air software update to the TouchPad designed to tweak many of the issues cited by reviewers upon its initial release. But actual sales of the tablet, which runs the company’s proprietary webOS, remain in question."

AppleGrandCentral.com - Inside iCloud: Apple's new Documents & Data cloud service

Inside iCloud: Apple's new Documents & Data cloud service

"In place of the simple cloud storage and web hosting services in today's MobileMe, including iDisk, iWeb and Gallery, Apple is preparing an innovative new cloud-based Documents & Data service. Here's how it works. 

The road to iCloud: the host without the most

Beginning over ten years ago with iTools, Apple's online services for Mac users have morphed through a variety of incarnations, perpetually being a mixed bag of success and failure. After a false start as a variety of general purpose web apps ranging from iCards for postcards and iReview for discussing other websites, the most successful aspects of Apple's online efforts have turned out to be email and messaging services."

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Apple Grand Central Will Be Cheapest Store in NYC

Apple Grand Central Will Be Cheapest Store in NYC

"If every part of America worked liked Silicon Valley, we would have a booming economy" #StartupAmerica

"If every part of America worked liked Silicon Valley, we would have a booming economy" #StartupAmerica

AppleGrandCentral.com - In China, Apple Is "Like The Communist Party"

AppleGrandCentral.com - In China, Apple Is "Like The Communist Party"

Apple's secrecy means people get hurt. Foreign Policy tells the heart-rending story of a worker at an Apple supplier, Wintek, who has neurological damage because of a chemical used on iPhone screens. He says he can't work, and has to pay his medical expenses out of pocket even though Apple says it is making sure affected workers recover. The broader problem is that Apple's opaqueness about its supply chain makes it sure that problems happen. For example, it's near impossible for NGOs to check that it's doing what it says it's doing in terms of working standards. And it's not an extravagant claim: Chinese suppliers cut corners all the time and many Western companies agree it's in their own interests to have third parties check up on them. Siemens, for example, provides a database of its suppliers to NGOs so they can check up on them. The story quotes a supply chain consultant as saying Apple is the only company with billions in cash that "[continues to work] with suppliers who have a clear record of failure to comply with Apple's own codes of conduct."