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New iPhones are not enough to keep Apple’s stock going, it needs a new category

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It is hard to find a bigger Apple stock cheerleader than me. I’ve been writing Apple stock love poems for years. For a long time, it was easy to love the shares because they were unloved by others and it was cheap. Until recently, when Apple stock was still trading in the low $100s and at single-digit multiples,…

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Thoughts on iPhone 6s

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Writing is a very weird experience for me. Sometimes it feels almost like an act of divine intervention. Not because of the divinity of it, but because of the intervention part. It’s almost as if I were a vessel for a guy (at least I hope it’s a guy) inside my head trying to communicate with my readers.

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The Apple Brand

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I want to make a quick comment about the Apple brand. Apple’s research and development expense was up 27% last quarter. Annualized, it is running at $5.7 billion. Let me put that in the right context. In 2007, when Apple came out with its first iPhone, the company’s R&D expense was at $782 million. Other…

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Why Investors Hate Apple — and Are Dead Wrong

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 In this article I don’t discuss Apple’s valuation, balance sheet, or financials.  I covered these topics in great detail in these articles a few months ago (Part 1: Psychology and Part 2: Value of Ecosystem).  Nothing has really changed since, except that Apple announced an enormous share buyback.  This article focuses on Apple’s products, innovation,…

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How Much Would You Pay for the Apple Ecosystem?

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Earlier this week I wrote about the psychological challenges that Apple shareholders face. I also discussed the evolution of Apple’s “i” gadgets — the iPod, iPhone and iPad — and how they have created an ecosystem unlike those of other technology companies. Apple’s ecosystem is an important and durable competitive advantage; it creates a tangible switching…

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Good Company vs. Good Stock

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This is an excerpt from a comment I read on Daily Speculation. It is such a common misperception that I had to write a response: “Great stocks [Google, Apple] are to be owned. Companies who dominate their space are to be kept and allowed to grow. Those who have built fantastic franchise names should be…

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