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Saturday, December 11, 2004

Why Apple is not worth 100USD a share
Recently analysts at Piper Jaffray raised their expections on the earnings of Apple shares to 100USD from the 61 that they traded at the time. Now I am a fan of Apple equipment and have had an iPod for two years and a Mac of one sort or another for 15 years, but the iPod bubble just doesn't seem to stack up on its own. Business Week has a very balanced and articulate article about the dangers and the pitfalls from drinking the Piper Jaffray kool-aid about the iPod dividend.

Could Apple Blow Its iPod Lead?
Rivals are stalking its consumer-electronics star, and history shows its strategy still has old weaknesses. But catching Jobs & Co. won't be easy Apple Computer's (AAPL ) trendy, minimalist stores are jam-packed this holiday season as iPods seem to be on everyone's wish list. But shoppers aren't the only ones buying. Wall Street analysts' price targets for Apple's stock are soaring as high as $77 to $100. As of Dec. 6, the stock was trading at around $64. This is the same Apple that opened the year at $21.28. And it's all because of one cool little music player.

While Apple is cruising along, other computer outfits are frantically trying to crack the consumer-electronics nut. Dell (
DELL ), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ ) and, yes, even Gateway (GTW ) are all pushing new products to take advantage of the much-hyped information technology and consumer-electronic convergence. The idea is that one day soon, Internet capability from the study at home will merge with all the movies, music, pictures, and entertainment elsewhere in the house, resulting in one big, shared digital database. And everyone wants to be right in the middle of it.

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