Apple Inc. (AAPL): Talking Cash and Stock

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April 28, 2013 8:39pm NYSE:XLK

cashDaniel Sparks: Apple Inc.  (NASDAQ:AAPL) is cash rich. In fact, cash accounts for 40% of the company’s share price. Though Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) comes close, with cash accounting for about 30% of its share

price, Apple looks dirt cheap compared to Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) , Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) , and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) when measured by cash per share.

Apple attempted to solve this problem with a boost to its dividend and share repurchase program. But is the world’s largest share repurchase program large enough for Apple? If Apple continues to generate cash at today’s levels, after its $100 billion program to return cash to shareholders through dividends and repurchases expires, the company could still have the same $144.7 billion it has today. Does this mean Apple should pay out even more cash? In the video below, Fool contributor Daniel Sparks shares his take on the matter.

There’s no doubt that Apple is at the center of technology’s largest revolution ever, and that longtime shareholders have been handsomely rewarded with over 1,000% gains. However, there is a debate raging as to whether Apple remains a buy. The Motley Fool’s senior technology analyst and managing bureau chief, Eric Bleeker, is prepared to fill you in on both reasons to buy and reasons to sell Apple, and what opportunities are left for the company (and your portfolio) going forward. To get instant access to his latest thinking on Apple, simply click here now.

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Top 10 Holdings (62.38% of Total Assets) as of 4/22/13
Company Symbol % Assets
Apple Inc. AAPL 14.02
International Business Machines IBM 7.54
Microsoft Corporation MSFT 7.28
Google Inc. GOOG 7.15
AT&T Inc. T 6.80
Verizon Communications Inc. Com VZ 4.77
Oracle Corporation ORCL 4.05
QUALCOMM Incorporated QCOM 3.90
Cisco Systems, Inc. CSCO 3.76
Intel Corporation INTC 3.11

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