Go ahead and pick your superlative. Apple's performance fits the description. And yet, for all its amazing growth over the past month, Google
But is that really so bad? Even if Baidu is losing some ground, Deutsche and others still see the company controlling 75% to 80% of China's search market. Qihoo isn't exactly thriving, either: its share of the market teeters between 5% and 10%. Investors have been net sellers, pushing the stock down more than 5% over the past five trading days.
What's the big idea?
For those unfamiliar with this weekly series, I'm going head-to-head with Mr. Market in a three-year showdown to see who's better at producing returns for investors. Here's where I stand as of this writing:
|S&P 500 SPDR||$126.50**||$145.87||15.31%|
Source: Yahoo! Finance. *Tracking began at market close on Jan. 6, 2012. **Adjusted for dividends and other returns of capital.
My portfolio's lead widened by another 1.5 percentage points, thanks partly to modest declines across the stock market. The Russell 2000 led the indexes lower, sliding 1.06% for the week, as the S&P 500 fell 0.38%, CNBC reports. Both the Dow and Nasdaq recorded marginal losses, ending off 0.10% and 0.13%, respectively, over the last five trading days.
Blame the Fed for the market's failure to rally further. Investors who've seen weeks of gains took profits with no stimulus or other catalysts in place to drive the market higher.
Spain highlighted an otherwise quiet trading week. German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble told CNBC that the country's banking system wouldn't need a sovereign bailout on top of earlier help. As a group, EU regulators are weighing their options for a new Spanish rescue program that could be unveiled as soon as next week, London's Financial Times reported.
Finally, shares of Research In Motion
How to profit from the iPhone 5
RIM's loss could very well be Apple's gain, presuming customers are willing to be patient with a pair of hiccups in iOS 6. Will the new device be a winner? As a shareholder, I'm hoping so.
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