A good day for Apple — or a bad one? Judging from the early reaction in the stock market, investors seem to have already gotten used to the idea that Steve Jobs underwent a liver transplant two months ago, as reported by the Wall Street Journal on Saturday. Shares of the company opened a touch higher.
One reason might be that — for most investors — certainty is also preferable to uncertainty. Know the risks and you can deal with it. And until this weekend, there was very little information on the nature of Jobs’ health problems, which began in 2004. (Apple, by the way, is not commenting on the WSJ report, other than to say that the company’s leader will return by the end of the month, as planned).
Another reason for the stock strength may be more basic: business looks pretty good. Apple said this morning that it had sold more than 1 million units of its newest iPhone in the first three days of its launch, a big number in the context of the current economy. The device, which offers faster speeds, longer battery life and the ability to take videos, hit stores on Friday.
So it appears it could be a good day for Apple. Or another good day, we ought to say. The stock is, after all, up 63 percent so far this year.
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