Shares of $AAPL Top $100, Flirt with Record Closing High

Shares of Apple Inc. topped US$100 in intra-day trading on Tuesday, trading as high as $100.525 per share in heavy volume. $AAPL's all-time closing high is $100.30 on a split-adjusted basis, set on September 19th, 2012. The stock briefly traded over $100 per share two days later, but this is the first time it has crossed that mark since.

As of this writing, $AAPL was trading at $100.43, up $1.27 (+1.28 percent), on heavy volume.

Apple's stock has been on the rise since the company announced a 7-for-1 stock split on April 23rd. In recent weeks, the stock has been propelled upwards by rumors of a large-screen iPhone 6, rumors of the iWatch, and excitement and speculation about the company's HealthKit and HomeKit developer frameworks.

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Tuesday's trading got an additional boost from broader economic news, as housing starts in July were up. The U.S. Commerce Department reported that housing construction rose 15.7 percent in July, sending the markets into a broad rally.

*In the interest of full disclosure, the author holds a tiny, almost insignificant share in AAPL stock that was not an influence in the creation of this article.