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    How much money does Apple have?

    In one sense, answering the question "How much money does Apple have?" is easy.

    During its Q2 earnings conference call Monday, Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) reported that it now has $193.5 billion in cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet.

    That's a big number. But what could you do with it?

    Here are a few crazy ideas...

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Apple Suppliers List for 2015 (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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The Apple suppliers list can help investors see which partners are in favor or out of favor with the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant.

The first Apple suppliers list was published in 2012, partly in response to controversies over working conditions in plants overseas that build Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) products.

But investors are typically less concerned with Apple's corporate responsibility efforts than they are with finding alternative ways to play the phenomenal success of Apple stock.

This list includes 200 companies...

Always Buy Apple Nasdaq AAPL Stock on the Dips

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Several analysts have recently downgraded Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) from "Buy" to "Hold." Shah, on the other hand, told Fox Business watchers today that now is not the time to downplay Apple's stock. Between smartphone sales and the just launched Apple Watch, Shah explains exactly why now is the time to buy the iDevice King and stick with it.

Always Buy Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock on the Dips

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock is down 2.6% today (Wednesday) on the same day that the Nasdaq fell 118 points.

That's providing a good opportunity to buy Apple stock on the dip.

Here's why Apple stock has nowhere to go but up...

An Easy Way to Make a Quick 300% on Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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It seems there is always a great deal of attention being paid to Apple.

Today I'm going to show you how Apple can give us a 50% gain - and that will pale in comparison to my backdoor play, which could net around 300%.

I believe that putting Apple in the Dow Jones Industrial Average will help to stabilize its correlation to the market's benchmarks even more.

You see, Apple is acting more and more like a bellwether stock, raising its dividend on an annual basis all the while buying back shares. Apple's equity often moves its own way, regardless of global or regional circumstances. 

For example, in the last 200 trading days, AAPL shares moved with the S&P 500 just 12% of the time. Apple almost looks like a defensive play when you think about it that way, and that's exactly what hedge fund managers see. 

But along with the move to the Dow comes perhaps the biggest factor in Apple's expected rise: its product introductions...

Why Apple TV Streaming Service Is the "Tipping Point" for AAPL Stock

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Last week, CEO Tim Cook promised the new Apple TV streaming service will "reinvent the way you watch television."

But with a company as large as Apple, the service poses a huge question - can it move Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock?

Find out how what Apple TV will mean to AAPL stock over the next few years...

Dow's Embrace of Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Reveals New Paths to Profits

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The announcement last week that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) would replace AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in the venerable Dow Jones Industrial Average's 30 top companies reflects an important trend that you can play to your advantage. Today, I'll tell you how.

Previously, the biggest shake-up of the Dow came in September 2013 when Goldman Sachs, Nike, and Visa knocked out Alcoa, Bank of America, and Hewlett-Packard.

If you see a pattern, you are correct. The Dow is moving in the direction of tracking the new, consumer- and intellectual property-driven economy. Replacing AT&T with Apple is a logical step in that direction.

It's all a part of a critical trend I see coming that will change the way we think about investing.

For those who want to look to the future (Apple) and slough off the past (AT&T), this is a key time to act. Here's how.

Can AAPL Get to $1 Trillion Market Cap on Apple Watch Sales?

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The arrival of the Apple Watch poses one huge question - will it make Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) the first $1 trillion company?

Sales of the Apple Watch could make or break AAPL's growth targets.

Find out if the Apple Watch will take the company to historic highs...

Apple Watch Could Be the iPad of 2015

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Monday's presentation by Apple boss Tim Cook revealed that the Apple Watch is a less useful, less compelling, and less user friendly version of the iPhone. But people also sniggered at the iPad back in 2010, when it wasn't clear why users would want a device that was less useful than a laptop and had less connectivity than a mobile phone.

Avid fans flocked to the iPad nonetheless, and they'll probably drive demand for the watch - meaning Apple's unusual dual stature as the biggest cap company on the planet and a doyenne of hipsters will remain intact.

When Will Apple Be Worth a Trillion Dollars?

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Investors are asking, "When will Apple be worth a trillion dollars?" Not "if."

That's because Apple stock has already shot up 20% this year. It would need another 30% to hit that magic number.

Dear Money Managers: Not Buying AAPL Stock Is "Financial Suicide"

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock has been grabbing a lot of headlines.

Just look at its market cap. And its cash holdings. It's a juggernaut in every sense and definitely a buy.

Here's why not investing in Apple stock is "financial suicide..."

Should I Buy Apple Stock?

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With Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) now the most valuable company of all time, many investors have one question: Should I buy Apple stock?

AAPL stock closed at $122.02 yesterday, putting its market cap at a record $710.7 billion. Today Apple stock rode even higher, trading at about $124.50 through most of the session. That pushed Apple's market cap over $725 billion.

For Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani, the answer is easy. For his take on whether investors should buy Apple stock, watch this video.

Why My Apple Stock Price Prediction Is Still Coming True (AAPL)

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My Apple stock price prediction is that shares will hit $1,000 ($142.85, post-split) by Labor Day 2016.

Having just reported the biggest quarterly earnings ever for a public company - $18 billion in net value - Apple is certainly poised to reach this share price milestone.

Here are the three big catalysts that will make my Apple stock price prediction come true...

Monster Q1 AAPL Earnings Beat Stuns Wall Street

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The Q1 AAPL earnings beat Wall Street expectations by a huge margin, thanks to monster iPhone sales over the holidays.
Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) reported its December quarter earnings after the market close today (Tuesday).
Apple reported earnings per share (EPS) of $3.06, blowing past the consensus forecast for $2.59. Revenue was $74.6 billion, also much higher than the $$67.5 billion analysts had expected. Both are all-time record highs for the Cupertino, Calif.-based tech giant.

Here's an in-depth look at the Q1 Apple earnings and what they mean...

Apple Pay (AAPL) Potential Is Huge – Especially for This Chip Maker…

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When looking for tech investing winners - like Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) - the best gains come by jumping on unstoppable trends. The "mobile wave" trend is one of them.

You see, Apple is projected to sell a quarter of a billion iPhone 6s in 2015. The force behind that is Apple Pay, the company's mobile payments system that lets users pay for things by waving their phone over them.

In 2014, shoppers made $50 billion in mobile purchases. That number will soar 328% to $214 billion in 2015.

But I'm not looking for AAPL to be the biggest winner here...

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