Apple's store in New York City's Grand Central Station. Photo credit: Apple.

There are a number of specific details that investors in Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) should know about its stock. The slideshow below covers a handful of them, walking readers through a broad but brief analysis of the iPhone-maker from a shareholder's perspective.

The slideshow shows, among other things, that Apple rewards investors in multiple ways:

  • It pays out more than a fifth of its earnings via dividends.
  • It has bought back an incredible $34.8 billion worth of its own stock over the past 12 months, translating into a 4.8% decrease in Apple's outstanding share count.
  • And though this probably goes without saying, its shares have absolutely destroyed the S&P 500 since the beginning of 2005. Apple's total return beat the large-cap index by more than 2,500 percentage points over the 10-year stretch.

To learn more about Apple, scroll through the slideshow below, which covers a number of the most important metrics related to the iPhone-maker's stock.

Slideshow data was sourced from on Dec. 3, 2015. Image credits: iStock/Thinkstock, Apple.

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