Don’t sell your Apple stock now — here’s why

“Carl Icahn must feel a tad sheepish these days. The super investor announced on April 28, 2016 that he was dumping his entire stake in Apple because of concerns that the company’s sales were in a long-term slump,” John Persinos writes for TheStreet. “Since then, Apple shares have jumped more than 30%.. The tech giant on Tuesday reported robust fiscal first-quarter operating results that beat analysts’ expectations and rocketed shares higher. Apple stock Wednesday jumped 6.1%, its largest one-day gain in six months.”

You might be tempted to sell, but “Apple still is home to scores of innovative engineers and marketers. The company’s pipeline is jammed full of new products awaiting launch, including the iPhone 8. Another unexpected tailwind: the policies of Donald Trump,” Persinos writes. “Trump plans to offset the pain of trade restrictions by granting corporations significant tax cuts and by allowing cash hoards repatriated from overseas to get taxed domestically at a reduced rate. That would be a boon for Silicon Valley technology giants that are hoarding a lot of cash overseas, prompting them to launch a wave of acquisitions. This activity would in turn stimuldate innovation and profits.

“Apple is sitting on $246 billion in cash, almost all of it parked overseas to avoid higher tax rates in the U.S.,” Persinos writes. “Trump’s tax repatriation plan would invigorate Apple like a shot of steroids.”

Read more in the full article here.

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  1. Let’s face it, Apple is already one of the most difficult to manage operations around. I can’t see how it could possibly branch out in more ways because there’s more cash laying around to spend.

    I’m quite sure money hasn’t been a problem for Apple for at least the past 5 years, finding great talent and harnessing it on the other hand is where the real work is, and that can’t be accelerated by simply throwing more money at it.

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  2. But steroids are bad in the end, can kill you without prior notice. I know, Persinos is only using a figure of expression of what it would be like after the repatriation but, we want to have Apple more like ‘the strong guy that’s not on steroids’.

    1. It is well known that taking steroids will eventually shrink your Trump and make you impotent.
      (Trump thinks that word is actually pronounced – “important”)

  3. We sold 25% of our AAPL holdings at a near historic peak this week and are very comfortable with that. Apple will likely be a good blue-chip stock in the coming decade, but it just doesn’t look like a growth stock anymore. As long as Tim is at the helm, I just don’t see much innovation or exciting technology coming down the pipeline.

    Either way, we bough AAPL in the 90’s when no one else believed in them. Time to lock in some profit and we’ll see where the ship gets steered in the meantime.

  4. Don’t get suckered into putting too much money in a stock at record highs. About 40% of a stock’s price movement is from the overall market, a correction in the S&P 500 or Wilshire 5,000 would hurt Apple shareholders.

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