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Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) Earnings Beat Takes Everyone By Surprise

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Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) pleasantly surprised Wall Street by comfortably beating expectations when it reported earnings for its March quarter after the market close today (Wednesday).

The tech giant also threw existing holders of Apple stock several goodies, including an expansion of the stock buyback program and an 8% increase in the dividend.

But while the stellar earnings report will push Apple stock higher in the short term,

it will take more than that to sustain a push back to $600 and beyond...

Why It's Not Too Late to Buy Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) Stock

While many investors were bailing on Apple Inc. last summer, Money Morning Capital Wave Strategist Shah Gilani was recommending it.

Gilani, a retired hedge-fund manager who runs the Capital Wave Forecast and Short Side Fortunes advisory services here at Money Map Press, often makes counter-intuitive picks; the same day he made his call on Apple, he recommended Microsoft Corp.

In this Q&A with <strong><em>Money Morning</em></strong> Executive Editor William Patalon III, <u>Gilani explains what he likes so much about Apple... </u>

Apple and Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) Might Have a Secret Plan

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It now appears that rumors Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) had an acquisitive eye on Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) were just that - rumors.

But the two companies have been talking, and almost surely about the planned Tesla Gigafactory, an enormous rechargeable battery production plant projected to open in 2017 and cost at least $5 billion.

It makes total sense. Thanks to its sales of millions of mobile devices like iPads, iPhones, and laptops, Apple uses twice as much battery capacity as Tesla.

Surrender on Apple Stock Buyback a Rare Loss for Carl Icahn

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This doesn't happen very often.

Carl Icahn has been foiled in one of his activist investing ploys, and by none other than Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL).

Icahn's bid for an Apple stock buyback worth $50 billion ran aground today (Monday) when an influential proxy voting service, Institutional Shareholder Services Inc. (ISS), sided with Apple.

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What the China Mobile Deal Means for Apple Stock (Nasdaq: AAPL)

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After months of tantalizing rumors that Apple and China Mobile Ltd.  (NYSE ADR: CHL) were on the brink of an agreement to allow China's largest carrier to sell the iPhone, the companies finally confirmed the deal yesterday (Sunday).

It's a big new market for Apple's primary profit machine, so it should give Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) stock a huge boost - right?

Well...sort of. But don't put in that order for a new yacht just yet...

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The 10 Biggest Companies in the U.S. Today

Tall buildings The numbers are in, and the amount of money fueling 2013's biggest companies is staggering...

The 10 biggest companies in the U.S. today earned a combined annual revenue of more than $2.2 trillion in fiscal 2012. That's $1.35 trillion more than the country's credit card debt, and $1.17 trillion more than total student debt.

These moneymakers have been ranked based on total revenue by Fortune. All of them are incorporated in, operated in, and filing taxes in the U.S.

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