Cramer: By suing Apple, wrong-headed Einhorn has gone too far

“David Einhorn, who is a widely followed hedge fund manager, filed a law suit against Apple on Thursday. With as much as $137 billion in cash on the balance sheet Einhorn feels Apple should return some of that cash to shareholders,” Lee Brodie reports for CNBC. “Specifically, Einhorn wants Apple to distribute high-yielding preferred stock and charges that the company is trying to adopt new rules to prevent that from happening.”

“‘Now, I have to admit I have, at times I too have groused about Apple not putting this capital to work in a useful fashion,’ said Jim Cramer. ‘However, I have never thought, in a million years, that somehow Apple had become a bad actor because of its conservative ways of handling its money. I have simply thought that it should be more creative in figuring out how to put it to use.’ In other words, Cramer thinks Einhorn has gone too far,” Brodie reports. “‘Einhorn can certainly question what Apple’s doing with its cash, (but a lawsuit) is very wrong-headed and an unfair move,’ he said.”

Brodie reports, “Cramer believes Apple has every right to hold that cash. ‘This is a high quality problem, to say the least, a by-product of enormous success that can be solved simply by Apple raising its own dividend,’ said Cramer. ‘I have no doubt that if the company were to institute a bigger buyback and/or double its dividend shares would go higher, perhaps appreciably higher.’ However Cramer thinks the real solution is for Apple to develop new and innovative products; if the company does that – he believes everything else will fall into place.”

Read more, and watch the video, in the full article here.

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28 Comments

  1. Cramer is an entertainer. That’s what he gets paid to do. If you believe you will get sound financial advice from him, good for you. But, you will be on a roller coaster ride of buying and selling and the only one who will make money will be your broker.

    He’s an entertainer with no incentive to make you money. Period!

  2. “…Apple not putting this capital to work in a useful fashion…”

    I guess that means he thinks it’s more important to dole out money to shareholders who haven’t done anything meaningful to earn it rather than invest in/buy new technologies.

    1. Yes but that’s what investors receive back for their investment yah know? That’s the way it works. I mean if the money could only be paid to those “worthy enough” who created this stuff you would make Jony Ives and a few others multi-billionaires overnight and kill the stock market.

      1. Investors receive money back on their investments by selling shares, its really just that simple. Just because they missed the balloon ride up at $600-$700 thats not Apple’s problem.

        Apple needs to focus on what has gotten them this far, great products, the profits will follow by the truck loads.

        swEinhorn is just one of the thousands of lazy short selling do nothings pissed because its not going lower, and he has no way of liberating Apple’s cash into his own pockets.

  3. So much misinformation. All the suit is asking is that Apple not change the corporate charter in a way that could hinder ways of dealing with the cash. Article 2 on the upcoming ballot was created because a shareholder took issue with a provision in the existing rules. Now another suggest they may have failed to consider the implications of the change.

    Apple has responded already that the fix as they see it won’t create the new problem. I’m sure some smart people are looking carefully to clarify this. The suit isn’t to make them do anything it was stop them from potentially making a mistake.

    1. Thanks for a note of sanity. The change by Apple is a bit odd, since, in effect, the board seems to be asking the shareholders to take away a sometimes useful power from it.

  4. Yesterday Cramer ‘s advice was for Apple to buy Netflix. Wow, Apple just does not want to listen to him. What a surprise! Whatever their motives, you can be sure that neither Cramer nor Einhorn care about the retail investor. They want Apple’s money.

    IMO, Jim Cramer is as bad as they get. He admitted manipulating stock when he was a hedge fund manager. If you can stomach it, look up his old interviews on Youtube, where he brags about his manipulation prowess. He pumps and dumps stock for gain and AAPL is no exception. And now Einhorn has gone too far? What a joke.

  5. It is a sad state of affairs when a bloody HEDGE FUND MANAGER tells AAPL what to do, and people TAKE HIM SERIOUSLY. This a**hold isn’t the solution, he’s the PROBLEM!

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