Carl Icahn to Apple: I Know Best, and I Just Bought $1 Billion More in $AAPL Stock

8:25 PM, Jan. 23rd, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

Child's Play

Carl Icahn stepped up his pressure on Apple to increase its stock buyback program with a rambling open letter to shareholders. In that letter, which weighs in at a hefty 2,982 words, two themes are clear: the first is that Apple should listen to him because he knows best, and the second is that he just plunked down another billion dollars to buy more $AAPL stock.

Icahn AAPL Investment Tops $3B as he Slams Board over Stock Buyback

1:33 PM, Jan. 22nd, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

What do you do when you don't have confidence in a company's ability to manage its cash? Buy up the company's stock while at the same time berating it. That's what Carl Icahn is doing with Apple as his brings his stock investment in the iPhone and iPad maker up over US$3 billion.

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Mr. Icahn really wants Apple to increase its stock buyback program. A lot. He already has a $3 billion investment in the company, is still buying more stock, and is now saying the board of directors is doing a disservice to shareholders. Apple's February 28 shareholders meeting could get pretty interesting.

AAPL Q1 2014 iPhone, iPad Sales to Top 78M Units

11:16 AM, Jan. 14th, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's 2014 first fiscal quarter combined iPhone and iPad sales figures will top 78 million units, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley. Those numbers will be driven by the iPhone 5S and iPad Air, both introduced later in 2013.

Apple to Host Annual Stockholder Meeting Feb 28

8:48 AM, Jan. 14th, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

Apple will host its annual stockholder meeting on Friday, February 28. The iPhone and iPad maker uses the annual meeting for stockholder votes on company issues, and to field questions from investors.

Wall Street’s Insane Treatment of Apple, Google, and Amazon Demonstrated in 9 Charts

11:01 AM, Jan. 6th, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

Apple Stock Price

Apple fans have been scratching their heads for over a year over the company's stock price. Although it regained ground in 2013, Wall Street has previously punished the company despite industry-leading numbers. Now, a Fortune reader has provided a set of handy charts that Apple supporters can point to when explaining their frustration.

Wells Fargo Downgrades AAPL Over Gross Margin Concerns

9:30 AM, Jan. 2nd, 2014 · · Apple Stock Watch

Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um may see a positive future for Apple, but that isn't stopping him from downgrading the company's stock from "Outperform" to "Market Perform" over concerns about its gross margins in 2014. His concern is that Apple's gross margin will see pressure thanks to the iPhone 6 and a power shift from handset makers back to cell service providers.

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Mr. Um noted that Apple's gross margins dip following iPhone redesigns, but climb on the midcycle updates. If that pattern holds, we'll see lower margins at the end of the year, but it won't signal the end for the company.

Apple’s Stock Performance Cost Tim Cook $4 Million, at His Insistence

7:30 PM, Dec. 30th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Tim Cook

Apple CEO Tim Cook's pay took a US$4 million hit in Apple's fiscal 2013, and it was his idea. Because Mr. Cook asked the board to tie more of his compensation to his company's stock performance, and because Apple's stock did poorly from August of 2012 until August of 2013, he lost some $4 million in potential compensation, or almost half of his compensation for 2013.

Analyst: Get Ready for AAPL Boost from China Mobile Deal

11:12 AM, Dec. 24th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

With China Mobile pre-orders for Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C starting on December 25, Wells Fargo analyst Maynard Um thinks it's time for investors to get ready for a financial boost to Apple's bottom line in both its December and March quarters. Bringing the iPhone to China Mobile also bodes well for Sprint because the U.S. carrier plans to start using the same radio frequencies next year.