Apple. That bright and shiny tech darling continues to taste a little sour.
Shares of Apple (AAPL) fell below $400 for the first time since mid-April early Monday. The stock has struggled to stay above that mark all year and with some good reason.
But let's walk it back even further.
After coming under fire for its massive cash hoard, Apple finally came up with a plan to reward shareholders. Only it didn't include dipping into that treasure trove. Instead, Apple decided to go into debt to avoid a huge corporate tax bill.
That didn't sit too well with many investors, seeing as that's the last time Apple dipped below $400.
It didn't help that Jefferies analyst Peter Misek lowered his 12-month price target to $405 from $420 over the weekend. That may not sound that dramatic until you consider he had an $800 price target on the stock in December.
The declining share price gave StockTwits traders plenty to chat about.
So it's not all bad news for Apple then is it? Of course, don' t get me started on Facebook (FB). Remember the CNNMoney 'I wanna buy a share of Facebook' experiment? Let me refresh your memory... we all lost money.
Maybe it's just gearing for a big push higher. Of course, it probably needs a catalyst for that and I don't see one on the horizon at this point.
And maybe I spoke too soon. A couple of good earnings and sales wins may be just what the doctor ordered.
So basically, there's a whole bunch of undecided out there.
Truer words were never spoken. I'm still an Apple fan. I just think it's going to take awhile for everyone to adjust to a post-Steve Jobs world.
Activist investor David Einhorn publicly called for Apple (AAPL) to give some of its $137 billion cash hoard to back to shareholders in the form of preferred stock.
Einhorn said in a press release Thursday that he has held meetings with Apple executives explaining how they could unlock "several hundred billions of dollars" by distributing a perpetual preferred stock. Apple, he said, rejected the proposal in September 2012.
"Like many other shareholders, Greenlight is dissatisfied with Apple's MOREMaureen Farrell - Feb 7, 2013 4:00 PM ET
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Apple (AAPL) shareholders finally have something to give thanks for as we get closer to Turkey Day. The stock surged more than 7% on Monday.
So is the worst is finally over for Apple, following a rough MOREPaul R. La Monica - Nov 20, 2012 1:07 PM ET
Investors and consumers are playing the Apple (AAPL) waiting game this week.
Apple's stock is oh so close to $700. And despite iffy reviews of the iPhone 5, at least two million people are waiting for it.
That's given StockTwits traders plenty to chew on.
firstadopter: $AAPL iPhone 5 pre-orders 2 million in 24 hours., 2X iPhone 4S. "many" pushed out to October delivery http://t.co/9W14krm8
Some consumers are so eager to get their hands on the MOREMaureen Farrell - Sep 17, 2012 2:23 PM ET
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