As Apple's morphed itself from a small personal-computer company into the world's largest publicly traded company and the preeminent company in consumer technology, the question of whether it deserves a place in the Dow Jones Industrial Average has grown louder and louder. Recently, yet another tech analyst stirred the pot in calling for Apple's inclusion in the venerable index. In response, our technology editor weighs in on whether he thinks this makes sense and what Apple would have to do to make this vision a reality.

Whether or not it secures a place in the Dow, Apple is the most influential company in technology and has delivered market-smashing returns for those lucky enough to have invested in the company. However, with the impending release of the iPhone 5 and Apple TV on the horizon, the stakes have never been higher for the company. If you're looking for a recommendation on how to play Apple along with continuing updates and guidance on the company whenever news breaks, we've created a brand new report that details when to buy and sell Apple. To get started, just click here now.

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