Apple investors don’t care that Tim Cook is gay

“Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he is gay,” Gene Munster and Doug Clinton, analysts at Piper Jaffray, write via CNBC. “It may seem strange to have Wall Street analysts weigh in on such a personal topic and we recognize that the announcement is bigger than shares of AAPL. But Cook’s decision to announce that he is gay had the potential to impact the stock and many wondered if it would. We were happy to see investors vote through a roughly unchanged stock price that Tim Cook is just as capable a CEO today as he was before the announcement.”

“Investor reaction to shares suggests they are making the bet that consumers around the world will not change how they view Apple or consume its products,” Munster and Clinton write. “Beyond Apple, as many have already commented, Cook’s announcement could open the door for more public company CEOs to live without fear of negative reaction from investors, business partners, or customers regarding personal details of their lives.”

“As analysts, we are frequently asked to evaluate management teams and their ability to lead their companies to growing revenue and profit. It’s rare and refreshing that we get the opportunity to evaluate a management team’s ability to drive positive change on a societal level,” Munster and Clinton write. “Given their history, it’s hard to imagine a more fitting person than Tim Cook or company than Apple to push Wall Street and the world toward a better place.”

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47 Comments

      1. The iHaters certainly knew about it. Unfortunately for the iHaters, the majority of us have no issues with Tim’s sexual orientation and do not even consider it to be news. And investors appear to care a great deal more about Tim’s logistics/operations genius and ability to lead the company in the post-Jobs era.

        It must have been difficult for a private person like Tim Cook to make a public announcement. I admire him for it and I see it as one more small step along the path to true harmony where these types of things do not matter at all.

        People often talk about topics like this in terms of “tolerance.” That has always sounded far too negative and condescending to me… I “tolerate” your preferences and beliefs?!

        Some people go further in the positive direction and talk about “acceptance.” Acceptance and inclusion is certainly a major step in the right direction.

        But I do not see that as the ideal. In my opinion, the true victory for humankind will be when the topic does not even arise because it is simply part of the way things are. It is not questioned, criticized, tolerated, or accepted. It just is.

        1. Well, your sanitized Disney view that being gay is as normal and 100% compatible with life on earth is a pie in the sky WISH. Nothing more.

          Gay lifestyle and sex acts will always be repulsive to some citing going against nature and God.

          Personally, I do not have a problem and all power to them.

          But people are different and entitled to their opinions and beliefs. So bottom line: No. Gay acceptance will never be UNIVERSALLY on par with cute babies and soft puppies.

          TOLERANCE Kingmel.

  1. I wish Tim had learned from Steve Jobs that you keep even your commonly known “personal” information and opinions at home. As the CEO of the world’s largest PUBLICLY TRADED company, your focus should be on the company and investor’s share value. If he wishes to leave Apple and move his personal projects and opinions forward in the public, he should have at it as the FORMER CEO of Apple NOT the ACTING CEO.

    1. I am pleased to see that even on a forum that normally tilts to the reactionary right, that both Jersey Trader and botvinnik’s takes on Cook’s announcement are being soundly voted down. Even if you are stockholders, you don’t get to tell Tim Cook how to run Apple – that is the job of the Board of Directors, and right now, there is exactly ZERO chance they are anything but absolutely delighted with Cook’s performance as CEO. If you don’t like the fact that he is gay, you can do what I do with Chic-fil-A (which I don’t like because the owners are openly homophobic religious zealots), and that is not buy the products.

      Good luck with that.

      1. In all fairness, neither JT or B stated that they don’t “like the fact that he is gay…”.

        But as stated above, it wasn’t much of “coming out” for most of us. And as Predrag states below, Tim’s job is CEO, but he is still a citizen with full rights to write about a cause dear to him.

      2. Ralph M., it may appear that this forum normally tilts to the right. However, my opinion is that the “volume” of the right-leaning forum participants just makes it seem that way. As a long term participant in this forum, I believe that the forum is more moderate, as a whole.

        1. The forum DOES TILT to the right in volume of postings. The right simply makes more sense and lives in the REAL WORLD. Not movies, books, TV or music idealism.

          The down voters on the other hand are decidedly from the LEFT. Why? Because that’s all they have not making sense day to day and unable to counter common sense in an articulate argument.

          Down votes coming in 3… 2… 1…

          Like I care. 🙂

      3. JT and B are being voted down for TELLING THE TRUTH.

        I find it comical so many voters are SOOOOOOO STUPID! And then I think of the current resident of the Oval Office.

        Nuff said.

    2. That would be highly unusual. Most CEOs of large companies are well known for their personal causes, and often times they are political or controversial.

      As CEOs, these people have a powerful public voice, and most are expected to use it to greater good.

      Steve Jobs was very much like Tim Cook; while he didn’t specifically announce that he was gay (because he wasn’t), he did publicly provide plenty of very, very strong opinions that often didn’t go well with one political party or another.

    1. If anything, it shows the shallowness of the analysts. According to standard theory, the knowledge that Cook is gay has been baked into the stock price for several quarters, at least. A mere public acknowledgement of what everyone already knew should not change the stock price.

  2. You say that right now but you havent seen the backlash for this yet. It is wreckless to think that TC can use Apple as a sounding board for LGBT rights. He said it to the state of ALA and is saying it now.

    What hypocrisy! If he came out and said im a Christian!, he would be on the wall in front of a firing squad.

    But anyways, You cant make personal life out of a business unless that is the only people you want to do business with.

    Birds of a feather flock together.

    Shareholders and end users will quit using Apple products. Say what you want, it will happen. It would happen to anyone who runs a business.

    1. So what you’re saying is that when someone goes to buy a new smartphone, they’re going to think “Gee, I’m not going to buy the best smartphone in the world because the CEO is gay! Instead, I’m deliberately going to buy an inferior product to send a message to him. For sure that’s going to stop him and all those other gay guys from being themselves. It might even cure them…”

    2. “Reality Check,” your check has clearly bounced. You stated:

      “If he came out and said im a Christian!, he would be on the wall in front of a firing squad.”

      That statement is so ridiculous that I am at a loss for words. It is highly distressing to witness how screwed up some human beings really are. The perceived anonymity of the internet really brings out people’s true natures, and some of them are unspeakably horrible.

      1. You mis interpret what I said. As usual, you are judgmental. Any business, aka chic fil a, that makes a position on anything, disposes someone else who doesn’t agree. As such you. It’s a business. Not a non for profit. And anonymity…….F off.

  3. I don’t care about him being gay, but I don’t think announcements such as this are in the company’s best interest. He should stick to running the company and leave his personal business home.

  4. The reaction to all of this seems strange to someone from Canada .It must have been 50 years ago that our the Prime Minister said that the state had no business in the bedrooms of the nation and we have had gay rights for 30 years , gays in the military and gay marriage for many years .Business still gets done-the sky hasn’t fallen in and family life is as strong as it ever was .
    Still if what TC did helps some confused and otherwise distressed young people find peace , good for him .

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