Apple becomes world’s most profitable company

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Apple earned more profits than any other company in the world.
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Apple made more money in the last year than any other company in the world, according to the new Fortune 500 rankings. With annual profits of $57.5 billion, no other enterprise came particularly close, with the nearest rival earning about $8 billion less.

This goes a long way toward explaining why Apple remains the most valuable publicly-traded company in the world.

Warren Buffett’s premature Apple selloff cost his firm $20 billion

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Warren Buffet is Apple's biggest investor.
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Warren Buffett is one of the greatest financial masterminds of our time. But he’s not infallible. Sometimes even Warren makes mistakes — and one of those recent mistakes was called Apple.

Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway firm has long invested in Apple, with Buffett once saying that, “I don’t think of Apple as a stock. I think of it as our third business. It’s probably the best business I know in the world. And that is a bigger commitment than we have in any business except insurance and the railroad.”

Apple has done extremely well for Buffett. The company’s stake in Apple has tripled in value in the past three years. On Wednesday, as Apple closed at a new all-time high, it was worth $128 billion. It accounts for more than 40% of Berkshire’s US portfolio, while Berkshire is Apple’s second larger shareholder (after index fund giant Vanguard.) However, Buffett has also been pruning his Apple stake. And it’s cost him.

Apple stock jumps nearly 2% to snap its losing streak [Updated]

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Apple is the world’s most valuable public company, days from unveiling new software and hardware at WWDC, in the middle of its hottest iPhone cycle in years, and having just debuted its biggest iMac redesign in years. So all is good, then?

Well, apparently not. In fact, a report Friday notes that Apple stock is currently on track for its longest weekly losing streak in more than two-and-a-half years. Because the stock market works in mysterious ways.

Update: AAPL closed at $125.89 Friday, up $2.35 (or 1.9%). So much for the losing streak.

Snap up some cheap AAPL stock while it’s tanking

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AAPL shares took a nosedive on Tuesday
Apple’s stock price went down quite a bit.Perhaps now’s the time to buy
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Apple shares spent much of Tuesday down 4% in value. The AAPL selloff was part part of a general drop in tech stocks amidst fears of a rise in interest rates.

At one point during the day, the value of each AAPL stock had dropped about $5.30. That’s a decrease of roughly $88 billion in Apple’s $2.1 trillion market capitalization.

Update: Apple shares finished the day down 3.54%.

Apple still the biggest tech giant, but it’s Big Tech’s worst performer of 2021 so far

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Apple’s market cap has climbed more than $13 billion this year alone, equal to the company’s entire net worth in mid-2004. But that’s still enough to make it an underperformer next to its tech titan peers.

In a Wednesday report, the Wall Street Journal notes that Apple has risen 1.3% in 2021 so far. That’s compared to an average of 16% for Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, and Google parent company Alphabet. It’s also way less than the 81% Apple soared in 2020.

Today in Apple history: Apple market cap breezes by Walmart

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Apple could be a $2 trillion company by end of 2021
At this point, a $200 billion market cap seems almost quaint for Apple.
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March 12: Today in Apple history: Apple overtakes Walmart in value March 12, 2010: Apple passes Walmart and investment firm Berkshire Hathaway in value to take third place in market capitalization among publicly listed U.S. companies.

Apple’s valuation roars past $200 billion as a result of intense excitement over the first-generation iPad. Things look good for the company as it guns for powerhouses ExxonMobil and Microsoft.

How to attend Apple’s 2021 virtual shareholders meeting

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The Apple 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders will be held February 23.
The Apple 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders is this week. Here’s how you can take part.
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Apple’s annual shareholders meeting won’t take place on the Apple Park campus this year as it ordinarily would. With the COVID-19 pandemic dragging on, it’ll be a virtual-only event in 2021. This is likely to increase participation in the February 23 meeting. And if you own AAPL shares, you can attend.

Here’s what you need to do.

Warren Buffett’s firm unloads 57 million Apple shares

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Warren Buffett is one of Apple's biggest cheerleaders.
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Berkshire Hathaway — the investment firm belonging to Warren Buffett, one of Apple’s biggest cheerleaders in recent years — reduced its stake in the Cupertino tech giant last quarter.

According to a regulatory filing made this week, in Q4 2020, Berkshire Hathaway cut 6% of its Apple shares. By contrast it kept its Amazon shares steady, while growing its stake in T-Mobile by a massive 117%.

How much Steve Jobs’ Disney and Apple shares would be worth today

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How much would Steve Jobs be worth today?
Things would have been even better had Steve Jobs held onto his original Apple shares.
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One of the things that always surprised me was how, compared to some of his Silicon Valley peers, Steve Jobs’ net worth during his life paled in comparison to some of his contemporaries.

When Jobs died in late 2011, his net worth was reported as being $10.2 billion. That’s an enormous amount of money, but it was a drop in the ocean next to Bill Gates’ $56 billion that year, and less than Google’s Sergey Brin and Larry Page’s $19.8 billion apiece, Michael Dell’s $14.6 billion, and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg’s $13.5 billion.

Had Jobs had the same share arrangement today, however, it would be a very different story.