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Join Date: Nov 2005
Apple soon the richest company in the world?
After the recent revelations of Gartner that indicate that Apple is the third largest seller of computers in the USA, it is the turn of an analyst firm Piper Jaffray, Gene Munster, to move his prediction about of the Cupertino company: "Apple could be 40 billion dollars in his accounts in 2 years," he said. The manufacturer in vogue become the richest company in the world.
As we have seen with the analysis predicting Gartner, Apple has registered in the U.S. market a significant increase in sales of 38% from the second quarter of 2008 and that of the previous year, far from the 4.2 % Recorded by the market. According to the study by Piper Jaffray, the Californian company should quickly than Microsoft, which currently holds 23.7 billion.
Thanks to the significant sales of iPod, iPhone, but mainly computers, which the manufacturer conducts large margins, Apple currently has 20.8 billion dollars. But while Microsoft engages in acquisitions of several tens of billions of dollars, for example by trying to acquire Yahoo, Apple reaping $ 1 billion per quarter. To those who accuse Apple of doing nothing at all that money, its chief financial officer Peter Oppenheimer replied: "We prefer to maintain a strong balance sheet to preserve our flexibility."
According to the Echos, which relate the words of Tim Bajarin, director of analysis firm Creative Strategies, "Apple is not making acquisitions to several billion dollars". But we would expect the company to make smaller acquisitions in the field of music for example, which would have positive effects on sales of digital music players and mobile phones to Apple, while ensuring the supremacy of the iTunes Store. It could also Apple is working to improve certain technologies, such as better batteries for the new iPhone, taking equity stakes in some startups.