What is Apple?
Apple Inc., founded in 1976 by Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak and Ronald Wayne, designs and manufactures mobile communication and media devices, personal computers and portable digital music players. The company’s segments include the Americas (both North and South America), Europe (dealing with European, African, India and Middle Eastern Countries), Greater China (China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), Japan and Rest of Asia Pacific (including Australia). Famously Apple’s products include the iPhone, iPad, iMac, iPod, Apple Watch, Apple TV, and the iOS software.
Apple trading hours
Apple is traded on the NASDAQ stock exchange between the hours of 09:30 and 16:00 (EST).
How to trade Apple CFDs?
An individual has two options when trading in the stock market. Firstly, they can buy shares in companies on the exchanges where they are listed. For instance, you can buy Apple stock on the NASDAQ stock exchange, so you actually own a share in the company. This can be considered a long-term investment, as the individual is usually waiting for the price to rise over time.
Alternatively, they can trade a contract for difference (CFD) on a particular stock, and speculate on the price difference of the underlying asset, without actually owning the asset. A CFD is a financial contract, typically between a broker and an investor, where one party agrees to pay the other the difference in the value of a security, between the opening and closing of the trade. You can either hold a long position (speculating that the price will rise) or a short position (speculating that the price will fall). This is considered a short-term investment or trade, as CFDs tend to be used within shorter timeframes.
Trade Apple Inc - AAPL CFD
The key difference between trading a long position with a CFD and buying a security is the leverage that is employed. CFDs are traded on margin, which means that a trader can open larger positions with their capital.
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Trading the difference: When trading an Apple CFD, you don’t buy the underlying asset itself, meaning you are not tied to it. You only speculate on the rise or fall of the Apple stock price. CFD trading is nothing different from traditional trading in terms of strategies. A CFD investor can go short or long, set stop and limit losses and apply trading scenarios that align with their objectives.
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History of Apple
Apple Computers Company was founded in April 1976 by university dropouts Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, and Ronald Wayne. They had a shared vision of making computers more user friendly, and started out building the Apple I (the company’s first product) in Jobs’ garage and sold them without a monitor, keyboard, or casing – which they added a year later.
Apple Computer Inc. was incorporated on January 3 1977, after Wayne sold his share of the company back to the others for $800. The Apple II, the second model of Apple computer introduced in January 1977, revolutionised the industry with the introduction of the first-ever colour graphics. Apple, with the help of investors, grew and went public on December 12, 1980, at $22 per share, raising more capital than any Initial Public Offering (IPO) since Ford Motor Company.
In 1984, Apple launched its first personal computer to be sold without a programming language, and hence the successful Macintosh range was born. In 1985, Steve Jobs left Apple after directors sided with former CEO John Sculley in a power struggle, after Sculley was told to ‘contain’ Jobs. Wozniak also left Apple that year, noting it had been going in the wrong direction for years.
After many years of decline, in 1997 Jobs was brought back into Apple as an interim CEO after Amelio was ousted. Jobs eventually became CEO and served until his retirement in 2011. Over the next decade Apple excelled once again with the invention of the Mac OS X operating system, iPod, iPhone and iPad. Tim Cook took over from Jobs and Apple has since released products such as the Apple Watch.
Apple (AAPL) has been one of the world’s most valuable companies since 2010. From 2012, it has occupied the top slot on an annual basis, with some occasional jockeying for position with another market-leading mammoth, Exxon Mobil (XOM).
On August 2, 2018, Apple made history by becoming the first $1 trillion company in the world measured by market capitalisation. While it seesawed in the second half of the year, losing more than $450 billion in the last quarter of 2018, Apple has since fully recovered and surged even higher, hitting an overwhelming market capitalisation of $1.138 trillion on October 28, 2019.
Although Jobs founded Apple, he didn’t run the company in the beginning. It was only after returning to Apple – after leaving over power clashes with CEO John Sculley – that Jobs became CEO. It was initially supposed to be for an interim period, however Jobs ended up serving as CEO until his retirement.
As one of the global leaders in technology industry, Apple faces general competition from tech giants like Amazon, Facebook and Google. Apple also faces direct competition from Microsoft, with its competing operating system, Windows. Apple also faces competition from Google in the smartphone market, given that Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android compete as smartphone operating systems.
As with any equity, quarterly earnings announcements, as well as the financial performance of the wider stock market are two crucial factors to watch when deciding how Apple stock might perform. Something more specific to Apple is how sales affect the stock price. Apple’s stock price is affected by iPhone sales primarily – as this is the largest revenue generator for the company, but also iPad and Mac sales (which combined make up almost 20% of revenue). As well as this, the invention of new products is a major driver of Apple’s stock price. For example, when Apple announced the Apple Watch, the stock price rallied the following day.