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Apple Stock Soars. Again.

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It’s Monday, and that means with two days of rest from soothsaying and divination, it’s about time that the world got back to the serious business of making off-the-cuff financial predictions once again. According to Brian White, a financial analyst for Ticonderoga Securities and part-time fortune teller, Apple stock could reach as high as 0 per share this year, propped up by a wicked-hot product line that’s set to be an even greater success as the world draws closer to the upcoming holiday season.  So confident is White in Apple’s ability to dazzle the purchasing public, that he’s declared the company will most likely overtake Exxon as the most valuable company in the world according to market value within the next 12 months.

In a memorandum sent out to investors, Ticonderoga Securities spent 85 pages explaining that Apple’s current line up is a perfect storm of products that will pretty much allow the Cupertino-based company to begin printing their own money in the upcoming year. White speculates that Apple will sell 7.1 million iPads their 2010 fiscal year, with sales increasing by 181 percent in 2011 to 19.9 million units. By the 2012 fiscal year, he sees Apple selling 25.8 million iPads.

“We believe the most coveted gift this holiday season will be the iPad. Clearly,” wrote White, “Apple is delivering experiences to consumers that were never thought possible, and in the process, reinventing our world. Additionally, the opportunity in the education, healthcare and enterprise markets remain meaningful, in our view.”

White went on to say that the sky is blue, water is wet and oxygen would carry on being essential to human life.


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JD Power Awards Apple Top Marks Once Again

It’s that time of year again: Consumer watchdogs JD Power posted the results of their recent Wireless Smartphone Satisfaction Study. It should come as no surprise that the iPhone was once again king of the hill in the hearts of those who participated in the study, allowing iPhone owners to stand proud in the knowledge that they possess a handful of awesome. Despite Apple’s dominance in the area of consumer satisfaction, two of Cupertino’s chief competitors–HTC and Motorola–have both gained some ground this year, with their smartphone handsets scoring 791 and 781 respectively against Apple’s dominating score of 800 on JD Power’s rating index.

While it’s great to see that the iPhone is once again king, the study, which deals with topics such as perceived build quality, ease of operation and handset functionality, shows that Android-based devices are without a doubt gaining the respect of the purchasing public. Phone manufacturers flogging wares that don’t offer up an Android OS experience had bleaker fortunes than Motorola and HTC. RIM’s Blackberry line of devices scored a lackluster 737 points on JD Powers’ index. Palm’s WebOS-based devices earned a woeful 726 points, and Nokia, while still selling an insane amount of handsets on a daily basis, tanked out with the lowest consumer satisfaction rating with a lowly 711 points.


Bravo Apple: Despite the tribulations of Antennagate and intermittent handset shortages, you’ve once again set the standard for consumer satisfaction that your competitors can only dream of!