Apple COO Tim Cook Sells $41M in Stock

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Apple Chief Operating Officer (COO) Tim Cook sold 300,000 shares of Apple stock on Monday at $135.86, according to MarketWatch on Thursday. The total is nearly US$41M. In addition, Mr. Peter Openheimer, Appleis Chief Financial Officer (CFO), sold US$19M worth of stock.

The documents were filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on Wednesday. Mr. Cookis shares were converted from restricted stock which were vested and due to expire.

Mr. Oppenheimeris sale of US$19M was reported to be part of a prearranged stock trading plan.

In the past, Appleis officers of the corporation have been shrewd as opposed to careless about their stock sales, yet have always stayed within SEC rules. On the other hand, itis hard to say anything definitive about what these sales say, if anything, about Appleis near term future. Apple seems less affected by the economic slowdown, so far, and is expected to report a record number of Macs sold this quarter. The only tea leaves to read here may be just the soggy ones leftover in the kitchen sink.

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