Carl Icahn Gives Up. You Win, Apple Inc.

Apple just got some powerful support in its pushback against Carl Icahn and his aggressive stock buyback proposals.

Feb 10, 2014 at 10:00PM

Well-known billionaire and activist investor Carl Icahn has been loudly calling for Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) to release some of its cash hoard to the benefit of shareholders by instituting very aggressive stock buyback programs. However, Institutional Shareholder Services has come out in support of Apple's position to reject Icahn's massive proposed buyback program, saying instead that while Apple has been a bit "sluggish" with buybacks, they have really ramped up recently. Apple CEO Tim Cook announced last week that the company has bought back $14 billion worth of shares over the past two weeks.

In this video from Monday's edition of Tech Teardown, Motley Fool tech and telecom bureau chief Evan Niu talks with host Erin Kennedy about the ISS's stance on the issue, and Apple's current share buyback plan. Evan looks back to last year when David Einhorn went on a similar crusade to push Apple into enacting a dramatic share repurchase plan, and he also says that while these very aggressive plans might not be appropriate, the company is now on track to buy back $32 billion worth of shares this year, which Evan sees as a better use of its cash than the unnecessary amount of stockpiling it had been doing before this point.

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4 in 5 Americans Are Ignoring Buffett's Warning

Don't be one of them.

Jun 12, 2015 at 5:01PM

Admitting fear is difficult.

So you can imagine how shocked I was to find out Warren Buffett recently told a select number of investors about the cutting-edge technology that's keeping him awake at night.

This past May, The Motley Fool sent 8 of its best stock analysts to Omaha, Nebraska to attend the Berkshire Hathaway annual shareholder meeting. CEO Warren Buffett and Vice Chairman Charlie Munger fielded questions for nearly 6 hours.
The catch was: Attendees weren't allowed to record any of it. No audio. No video. 

Our team of analysts wrote down every single word Buffett and Munger uttered. Over 16,000 words. But only two words stood out to me as I read the detailed transcript of the event: "Real threat."

That's how Buffett responded when asked about this emerging market that is already expected to be worth more than $2 trillion in the U.S. alone. Google has already put some of its best engineers behind the technology powering this trend. 

The amazing thing is, while Buffett may be nervous, the rest of us can invest in this new industry BEFORE the old money realizes what hit them.

KPMG advises we're "on the cusp of revolutionary change" coming much "sooner than you think."

Even one legendary MIT professor had to recant his position that the technology was "beyond the capability of computer science." (He recently confessed to The Wall Street Journal that he's now a believer and amazed "how quickly this technology caught on.")

Yet according to one J.D. Power and Associates survey, only 1 in 5 Americans are even interested in this technology, much less ready to invest in it. Needless to say, you haven't missed your window of opportunity. 

Think about how many amazing technologies you've watched soar to new heights while you kick yourself thinking, "I knew about that technology before everyone was talking about it, but I just sat on my hands." 

Don't let that happen again. This time, it should be your family telling you, "I can't believe you knew about and invested in that technology so early on."

That's why I hope you take just a few minutes to access the exclusive research our team of analysts has put together on this industry and the one stock positioned to capitalize on this major shift.

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David Hanson owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway and American Express. The Motley Fool recommends and owns shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Google, and Coca-Cola.We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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