A customer, Koudai Taguchi,19, poses for photographers with Apple's iPad Mini after he bought at a store in Tokyo Friday morning, Nov. 2, 2012. The new, smaller version of the iPad tablet went on sale on Friday. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Apple shares have dropped more than 20 percent
from their peak in recent weeks, causing many to wonder if Apple's recent executive shake-up, new products or the economy have ended Wall Street's confidence in the tech company.
Apple shares dropped another 2 percent on Thursday morning and the fall was actually faster than the rest of the market, according to the New York Times. In essence, investors are worried about consumer demand and taxes after the re-election of President Barack Obama.
Obama has proposed increasing capital gains tax rates for people earning more $250,000 to 20 percent from 15 percent, and his re-election may have caused some shareholders to unload their stock to stay ahead of the possible tax increase. Apple shares have risen steadily since 2005 when they were only $35 each. (They're now $542.48 at this writing.)
“It has just been wave after wave of bad news,” Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray, said.
Wall Street is notoriously high-strung, and if there's any hint a company isn't going swimmingly its shares fall quickly. Some could argue that with Apple's long love affair with Wall Street had to end sometime, but we think it's likely a minor setback. They will probably get back together again.