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Charting Apple's growing stockpile of cash

With about US$151 billion in the bank, Apple has more money than it knows what to do with. All the more impressive is that two-thirds of Apple's cash hoard was generated during the past four years alone. The above chart maps out Apple's cash on hand on a year-by-year basis. From October 2011 to ...

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Report: Apple reaches #2 online retail spot after Amazon

This morning, Philip Elmer-Dewitt of writes that Apple has attained the number two spot in online retail. According to sales data, Apple has now passed Staples and Walmart. This achievement is partly due to an accounting change that now includes hardware sales along with iTunes and App...

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Apple last quarter spent more money on stock buybacks than Google generated in revenue

Since March of 2012, Apple has nearly tripled its capital return program. What started out as a US$45 billion effort to return value to shareholders has now skyrocketed to a $130 billion program. In conjunction with Apple's increased capital return program, the company recently made available...

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Apple announces 7-1 stock split, dividend increase, and expanded captial return program

Apple today released its earnings results from its second fiscal quarter of 2014, posting revenue of $45.6 billion and EPS of 11.62 in the process. Overall, iPhone sales came in stronger than expected while iPad sales came in weaker than expected. Alongside its earnings report, Apple today also ann...

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Bills Forecast is a new forecasting tool for your personal and business finances

Similar to a weather forecast that gives you a snapshot of the future weather, Bills Forecast from Minus 4 Degrees provides you with an overview of your financials for the next 12 months. Bills Forecast is a budgeting app that lets you log your bills and see how your expenses fluctuate each month...

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A look at Apple's R&D expenditures from 1995-2013

For a company that makes as much money as Apple, you might be surprised to learn that it spends far less on Research and Development (R&D) than many of its competitors, including bigwigs like Google, Microsoft and Samsung. That's not to say Apple isn't keen on R&D. On the contrary, Apple op...

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Apple's $14 billion stock buyback helps save money on dividend payments

Tim Cook yesterday revealed that Apple in the last two weeks alone snatched up US$14 billion worth of its own shares. That's an astounding figure that really puts Carl Icahn's investment in Apple to shame. To help put the $14 billion buyback into context, this tweet from Sammy the Walrus IV certainl...

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Apple buys back $14 billion worth of own shares in 2 weeks and other news for Feb. 6, 2014

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple, in the last two weeks alone, repurchased US$14 billion worth of its own shares. Recall that when Apple announced its earnings two weeks ago, the company posted an all-time quarterly record for revenue, along with record iPhone and iPad sales. But in...

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Apple's corporate peers in the $10B quarter club all have something in common

After Apple posted its earnings from the quarter gone by last week, the company's stock price went into an absolute freefall, dropping by US$50 in the span of just three days. Today, Apple shares are trading in the low $500 range, representing about a 12 percent drop from a three-month high of $570 ...

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Afternoon News Roundup - the January 6 ice-cold edition

With many parts of the US experiencing record-breaking ice-cold temperatures today (the high in Chicago today is minus 15 degrees Fahrenheit for those keeping score at home), here are some afternoon Apple news items to help keep you warm, or at the very least, distract you from the biting cold. C...

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Apple files Preliminary Proxy Statement with SEC, urges shareholders to oppose Carl Icahn's share buyback proposal

Apple on Friday posted its Preliminary Proxy Statement with the SEC. The statement provides notice that Apple's annual shareholders meeting is scheduled to take place in 2014 on Friday, February 28. The meeting will see shareholders consider five proposals, one of which is activist investor Carl Ic...

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AAPL in the black for 2013, shares expected to climb

AAPL shareholders were cheering last Friday because of all the foot traffic going through Apple Store doors. But that wasn't their only reason to celebrate. The day also marked the first time AAPL stock was in the black this year, closing at a high of US$556.07. The stock price started the year ou...

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A quick look back at Apple's dividend history

While Apple during the Steve Jobs era wasn't too keen on doling out dividends, Tim Cook has taken steps to return boatloads of money back to shareholders. This past April, Apple more than doubled its capital return program when it increased its quarterly dividend of US$2.65 by 15 percent and authori...

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Mint for iOS gets all-new look; adds trends, transaction editing

Intuit has just dropped a totally redesigned app in the App Store. The UI has been reimagined from top to bottom, starting with the app's icon, which now clearly shows how much Intuit wants to make sure you know they own Mint. Truthfully, the icon is a step back. The small leaf jars with th...

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Yahoo Finance for iOS gets major overhaul

Yahoo has finally gotten around to updating its long-neglected Yahoo Finance app. The delay has puzzled many, especially since Finance is one of the most well-respected and well-known properties in Yahoo's portfolio. But whatever the reason for the wait, it appears it's been worth it. Remember al...

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