Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) offers a dividend yield of 2.4%, has fallen in price more than 8% so far this year and later this month will pay a dividend to shareholders of record today. The company that makes the popular iPhone and iPad products goes ex-dividend Thursday, giving investors interested in the stock to consider buying shares today. The company’s share price actually is up roughly 1 percent to trade at $514.40 at 1:20 p.m. EST. The uptick shows investors do not seem to be worried about today’s court decision in Germany that Apple faces a claim of $2.1 billion in damages from a German patent owner that alleges its cellular phone technology was infringed by the American tech giant. IPCom GmbH accuses Apple of using a patent for technology that gives emergency calls priority on mobile networks, even though IPCom obtained the patent in 2007 from Robert Bosch GmbH, a German automotive-parts company. The claim only pertains to Apple’s alleged infringement involving devices sold in Germany.
It was a difficult and volatile week in the U.S. markets last week, as the Dow Jones fell 3.03% and the S&P 500 pulled back 2.08%. The MCSI Emerging Markets Index actually held up better than U.S. markets by ending the week down only 1.23%.
Big gainers in your Alpha Investor Letter portfolio included the Blackstone Group (BX), which rose 2.60%, and Google Inc. (GOOG), which gained 1.35%, both on strong earnings.
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