“Shares of Apple Inc. rose more than 1.5% in preopen trading and traded less than a $1 away from $600 a day before the company rolls out the latest iteration of its iPad tablet,” Greg Morcroft reports for MarketWatch.

“The shares rose 1.6%, to $599.35 and were the second most heavily traded stock in the preopen session, trailing only Bank of America,” Morcroft reports.

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