Stock in News: Apple Inc (NASDAQ AAPL) Stock Has Lost Over $23B Since iPhone 6 Launch



Apple Inc (NASDAQ AAPL) shares are tanking in the wake of rising allegations about the buggy operating system update and the iPhone 6 Plus’ bending in pockets. Apple has lost a whopping $23 billion since the iPhone 6 was released on Sept. 19. Apple stock is reflecting the effect of mishaps related to the faulty operating system and apparently delicate hardware.

The stock closed down $3.88, or 3.8%, at $97.87 on Thursday, below the resistance of $100. Investors and traders are closely observing the $100 level because back in 2012, when shares fell below $100 (on a split-adjusted basis) they went into a reverse loop, declining 50%.

A day’s decline in Apple Inc (NASDAQ AAPL) stock is more than the entire market value of more than half of the individual companies in the S&P 500 Index, including big names such as Macy’s, Inc (NYSE M) and Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc (NYSE CMG).

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Additionally, Apple is the most valuable stock on S&P, which suggests that a 3% drop in share value will pressurize the entire market, similar to what was seen on Thursday. Every $1 decline in Apple stock will scrap approximately .68 in the S&P 500. This suggests that a drop of $3 takes the market down by 2 points, excluding the ripple effect on other tech companies related to the iPhone. The S&P 500 fell 25.59 points Thursday to 1972.71.

Although Apple Inc (NASDAQ AAPL) stock is still up by 23% this year compared to the S&P’s 7% gain, investors are not used to it tanking just days after the launch of a new device. The iPhone is the most important and ambitious product from Apple, contributing at least half of its stock price, according to Trefis.com.

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There have been issues with Apple Inc (NASDAQ AAPL) products before as well, when the iPhone used to lose connectivity due to its antenna design, but co-founder Steve Jobs was able to rectify the problem. But with a lot of eyes on Apple’s performance, it might be difficult to cover up these new issues, which are potent enough to deride and marginally grind down Apple’s image.

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