Friday, February 29, 2008

Apple ... should they buy back stock or give a stock dividend?

Shareholders certainly have shared in Apple's success over the years. The stock topped out at $199.83 on Dec. 28, an almost 19-fold increase over five years. Yet the growth in the company's cash hoard is starting to make people wonder, What exactly will Apple do with all that money?

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Apple's stock however has been down over the past month - as low as $117.50 per share. Today's price (@ 12PM EST Feb 29 2008) is $127.23. This represents almost a $50 billion difference from the December 28th high. Rather than a dividend, I'm hoping that Apple will be more aggressive with placing Apple stores in more areas AND instead of leasing space will start to buy actual real estate.

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