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The Biggest, Cheapest, and Fastest-Growing Company in America

Say what you will about Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL  ) , but no other company comes close to being the biggest, cheapest, and fastest-growing company on the S&P 500 (SNPINDEX: ^GSPC  ) . Check out this chart:

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So what does this mean for investors? In my opinion, it means that Apple is a bargain right now. Does it face challenges? Of course, but name one company that doesn't. The most recent example is Samsung's partnership with Best Buy (NYSE: BBY  ) -- though you can click here to see why the pairing may ultimately work out in Apple's favor.

At the same time, the technology giant is sitting on a veritable mountain of cash -- $137 billion, to be precise. And it's preparing to give even more back to shareholders. "Apple's management team and Board of Directors have been in active discussions about returning additional cash to shareholders," read a press release at the beginning of February.

Finally, there's innovation. Sure, Apple hasn't released a truly innovative product since Steve Jobs' passing. Yet it's a mistake to assume the company is now incapable of wowing current and future customers. As my colleague Rick Munarriz wrote last month, "Who knows if Apple isn't going to beat Google to wearable iSpecs, revolutionize the cable industry with a la carte programming, or put out a product that may not seem necessary at first (think iPad) but proves indispensable in short order?"

Investors don't get rich by following the crowd. Had you done so, you would have bought Apple at $700, when hedge fund managers like David Einhorn were proclaiming it'd be the next $1 trillion company. Instead, you get rich by buying great companies at bargain-basement prices. And there are few that fit this description better than Apple.

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 more than 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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  • Report this Comment On April 07, 2013, at 10:18 PM, yaovk wrote:

    From the 60's on, the copy cat Japanese succeeded and dominated the electronic world at the expenses of the US. Finally the genius of Apple (Steve Job) turns the US supreme again in the world of electronic. Our problem is that there are too many dumb Americans who again want to destroy our own stellar industries by patronizing copy cats like Samsung and others.

  • Report this Comment On April 07, 2013, at 11:11 PM, Bujutsu wrote:

    iSpecs?! I think a better name would be iWear.

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