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Philip Elmer-DeWitt, writing for Fortune:

Last quarter, Apple finally made a major acquisition. And what did it buy?

It bought Apple.

By my calculation, the company spent $16 billion last quarter ($4 billion in cash, $12 billion through the so-called accelerated share repurchase program) to purchase 36 million of its own shares at an average price of just over $444.

For that amount, Apple could have bought three Nokias or three BlackBerrys…

Maybe Apple will pull a Dell and go private at some point?

  • Mario Britten


  • Falk M.

    I’m all for it. If a company can help itself without the stock market it should do that.

  • I’d be intrigued to see if they do go private as well. I think they can sustain w/o the stock market.

    • Ryan Stack

      too much capital is gained through Wall Street

  • Chindavon

    This just means they have another game changer or two coming out and extremely confident about it.

  • Adithya Sairam


  • Jaime Alan Mendez Castro

    The beatles apple rigth?

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    • MarcPhilippeB

      Ok, thanks for answering my question. I just noticed that they cover quite similar topics sometimes, which would concern me.
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