AAPL shares soar to new all-time high

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Apple's stock is on the rise.
Apple's stock is on the rise.
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A ringing endorsement from mega-investor Warren Buffett has helped push Apple’s stock to a new record high today.

Apple shares were trading up 2.04% and closed at an all-time high of $139.78 per share, beating the company’s previous top mark of $137.11 set last week.

Liveblog: Apple’s surprising Q3 earnings report

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Q3 is usually Apple's weakest quarter.
Q3 is usually Apple's weakest quarter.
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All eyes are on Apple this afternoon as the company is set to report its Q3 2016 earnings and Wall Street isn’t expecting anything great.

Apple CEO Tim Cook warned in March that the company will post declining revenues compared to a year ago, but with iPhone sales on the decline as customers wait to upgrade to the iPhone 7, the numbers could be a bit lower than investors are hoping for.

Today’s earnings call for Q3 2016 is set to kick off at 2 p.m. Pacific, when analysts from the top firms around the world will have a chance to ask Tim Cook and CFO Luca Maestri whether iPhone sales have finally bottomed out, or if things are still going to get worse before they get better.

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What to expect from Apple’s Q3 2016 earnings

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Have iPhone sales finally bottomed out?
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Apple is set to reveal its quarterly earnings this afternoon for the third fiscal quarter of 2016 and if the analysts are right, it could be even worse than Apple’s last disastrous quarter.

Investors were advised by Apple during the last earnings call that revenue will likely be down from what it was in the same quarter last year. Apple is hoping it can get a boost from the iPhone SE and the App Store to stay within expectations, however troubles in China and low iPhone demand could hurt the company more than expected.

Here’s what to watch for when Tim Cook and Luca Maestri talk to investors later this afternoon:

Apple stock hit with biggest drop since 2013

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Apple shares are taking a dive.
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Apple’s Q2 2016 earnings have been disasterous for the company’s share price, as AAPL stock suffered its worst week in three years.

Wall Street has suddenly soured on Apple, including Carl Icahn, who revealed earlier this week that he dumped all of his shares. With investors offloading shares, the company watched its market capitalization shrink by $65 billion in a mere three days, which is about the equivalent of Cambondia’s net wealth. 

Mega-investor Carl Icahn gives up on AAPL

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Apple shares are taking a dive.
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Apple’s biggest cheerleader on Wall Street, Carl Icahn, is getting rid of all of his AAPL shares after the iPhone-maker reported its first year-over-year decline in revenues for the first time in 13 years.

The iconic investors has insisted for years that Apple shares are grossly undervalued and has made over $3.4 billion investing in Apple. Now Carl is throwing in the towel even though he still thinks the stock is ridiculously cheap.

Intelligent app monitors your lending portfolios across multiple marketplaces

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See your LendingClub, Prosper and Funding Circle portfolios at a glance.
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LendingRobot today launched a pretty important mobile app for peer lenders. It’s LendingRobot Dashboard, and it lets these lenders monitor all their portfolios across three separate services: LendingClub, Prosper and Funding Circle. It’s the only mobile app available that allows investors to connect from across multiple marketplaces and see their portfolios at a glance.

Panicking investors are missing a crucial Apple metric

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Cook says that Apple is no tax dodger.
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Apple soothsayers have been predicting doom and gloom for the iPhone-maker ever since Tim Cook dropped the company’s Q1 2016 earnings. iPhone sales are projected to decline. The iPad is still struggling. And even the Mac is taking a drop.

This is the end for Apple according to some Wall Street crazies, but they’re missing a key metric in Apple’s earnings report that shows the company still has a lot of growing to do thanks to it’s huge install base.

Apple could be forced to add more ‘executives of color’

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Apple is pledging to do more on the diversity front.
Apple is stepping up its pro-diversity game.
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Apple could be forced to add more non-white executives and directors, due to a proposal put forward by an investor who thinks the current makeup of Apple execs is “a little bit too vanilla.”

The possible pro-diversity push was reportedly prompted after the son of investor Antonio Avian Maldonado II, who owns just 645 Apple shares, asked why nearly everyone on Apple’s board of directors was white.