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Apple Stock Hits All-Time High on iPhone 5 Sellout Rumors

Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL  ) stock hit an all-time high on Friday, climbing 1.8% to more than $695 in morning trading. The rise was largely due to speculation that the iPhone 5 -- showcased in a much-anticipated company event on Wednesday -- has sold out already.

The company announced that the newest iPhone won’t ship for two weeks, or until Sept. 28, from its online store, which is what fueled talk that the phone could already be sold out. It went on sale online today.

Analysts are expecting as many as 58 million new iPhones to sell by the end of this year, which would generate a cool $36 billion in revenue for Apple. At least one analyst has already hiked his sales estimate for the quarter ending in September -- from 23 million units to 26 million -- on news of the announcement, Bloomberg reports.

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  • Report this Comment On September 14, 2012, at 2:36 PM, TMFDarwood11 wrote:

    The question for AAPL is what will the Chinese market do. It's supposed to overtake the U.S. market for smartphones later this year.

    If AAPL can't keep Samsung and other so called "infringers" from selling those products in China, then I do have to ask "How long can AAPL maintain its dominance?"

    If the Chinese consumer wants only AAPL products, then no problem. But what if they decide that the brand is not the main consideration for a purchase?

    These are rhetorical questions, because no one really knows what the Chinese consumer will do. We'll know in a few months. In the mean time, place your bets, gentlemen!

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