Best of the Week
Most Popular
1. Investing in a Bubble Mania Stock Market Trending Towards Financial Crisis 2.0 CRASH! - 9th Sep 21
2.Tech Stocks Bubble Valuations 2000 vs 2021 - 25th Sep 21
3.Stock Market FOMO Going into Crash Season - 8th Oct 21
4.Stock Market FOMO Hits September Brick Wall - Evergrande China's Lehman's Moment - 22nd Sep 21
5.Crypto Bubble BURSTS! BTC, ETH, XRP CRASH! NiceHash Seizes Funds on Account Halting ALL Withdrawals! - 19th May 21
6.How to Protect Your Self From a Stock Market CRASH / Bear Market? - 14th Oct 21
7.AI Stocks Portfolio Buying and Selling Levels Going Into Market Correction - 11th Oct 21
8.Why Silver Price Could Crash by 20%! - 5th Oct 21
9.Powell: Inflation Might Not Be Transitory, After All - 3rd Oct 21
10.Global Stock Markets Topped 60 Days Before the US Stocks Peaked - 23rd Sep 21
Last 7 days
VR and Gaming Becomes the Metaverse - 7th Dec 21
How to Read Your Smart Meter - Economy 7, Day and Night Rate Readings SMETS2 EDF - 7th Dec 21
For Profit or for Loss: 4 Tips for Selling ASX Shares - 7th Dec 21
INTEL Bargain Teck Stocks Trading at 15.5% Discount Sale - 7th Dec 21
US Bonds Yield Curve is not currently an inflationist’s friend - 7th Dec 21
Omicron COVID Variant-Possible Strong Stock Market INDU & TRAN Rally - 7th Dec 21
The New Tech That Could Take Tesla To $2 Trillion - 7th Dec 21
S&P 500 – Is a 5% Correction Enough? - 6th Dec 21
Global Stock Markets It’s Do-Or-Die Time - 6th Dec 21
Hawks Triumph, Doves Lose, Gold Bulls Cry! - 6th Dec 21
How Stock Investors Can Cash in on President Biden’s new Climate Plan - 6th Dec 21
The Lithium Tech That Could Send The EV Boom Into Overdrive - 6th Dec 21
How Stagflation Effects Stocks - 5th Dec 21
Bitcoin FLASH CRASH! Cryptos Blood Bath as Exchanges Run Stops, An Early Christmas Present for Some? - 5th Dec 21
TESCO Pre Omicron Panic Christmas Decorations Festive Shop 2021 - 5th Dec 21
Dow Stock Market Trend Forecast Into Mid 2022 - 4th Dec 21
INVESTING LESSON - Give your Portfolio Some Breathing Space - 4th Dec 21
Don’t Get Yourself Into a Bull Trap With Gold - 4th Dec 21
GOLD HAS LOTS OF POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE - 4th Dec 21
4 Tips To Help You Take Better Care Of Your Personal Finances- 4th Dec 21
What Is A Golden Cross Pattern In Trading? - 4th Dec 21
Bitcoin Price TRIGGER for Accumulating Into Alt Coins for 2022 Price Explosion - Part 2 - 3rd Dec 21
Stock Market Major Turning Point Taking Place - 3rd Dec 21
The Masters of the Universe and Gold - 3rd Dec 21
This simple Stock Market mindset shift could help you make millions - 3rd Dec 21
Will the Glasgow Summit (COP26) Affect Energy Prices? - 3rd Dec 21
Peloton 35% CRASH a Lesson of What Happens When One Over Pays for a Loss Making Growth Stock - 1st Dec 21
Stock Market Sentiment Speaks: I Fear For Retirees For The Next 20 Years - 1st Dec 21 t
Will the Anointed Finanical Experts Get It Wrong Again? - 1st Dec 21
Main Differences Between the UK and Canadian Gaming Markets - 1st Dec 21

Market Oracle FREE Newsletter

How to Protect your Wealth by Investing in AI Tech Stocks

Buy Apple Stock or Gold?

Commodities / Gold and Silver 2012 Jan 26, 2012 - 02:44 AM GMT

By: Eric_McWhinnie

Commodities

Gold is a very controversial object. Many investors view the precious metal as a storage of wealth and a hedge against uncertainty. However, critics claim gold is a bubble and has no intrinsic value, especially since you can not eat it. The tech giant Apple Inc. also receives a fair amount of controversy, and unlike its name would suggest, you can not eat it either.


Last year, Apple made headlines when its cash and marketable securities position of $73.8 billion surpassed the operating cash balance at the U.S. Treasury. The news magnified calls for Apple to deploy some of its idling cash hoard. At the time, analyst Katy Huberty from Morgan Stanley explained that Apple’s current and future cash flows “greatly exceed” its cash needs. After Apple’s most recent earnings report, the calls for deploying cash are increasing in volume.

Late Tuesday, Apple reported its financial results for its fiscal 2012 first quarter, which ended December 31, 2011. In addition to a blow-out earnings number, Apple’s cash position has grown to new earth-shattering records. Apple generated a cash flow of $17.5 billion in the quarter, and finished 2011 with a whopping $97.6 billion in cash and equivalents. According to Zero Hedge, “Looked at otherwise, if Apple were a country, and its cash was equivalent to GDP, it would rank as the world’s 58th largest economy, above such countries as Slovakia, Iraq, Luxembourg and Syria.” In terms of market capitalization, Apple has now surpassed Exxon Mobil as the world’s most valuable company. In fact, Apple’s current cash position of nearly $100 billion is greater than the market cap of 474 of the S&P 500 companies.

The question then becomes, what should Apple do with its massive cash hoard? Conventional recommendations range from paying a dividend or buying back stock, to acquiring suppliers. While these are certainly worthy recommendations, it is hardly the unconventional thinking that has propelled Apple to the top of the podium. In addition to these recommendations, Apple should also consider purchasing gold. A relatively small gold position in Apple’s portfolio could help the company further offset currency and monetary policy risks to its $97.6 billion stockpile. In November, Apple started accepting Chinese yuan for App Store downloads, but could benefit even more by diversifying into gold. A report by Oxford Economics last year recommends holding at least 5 percent of assets in gold. The report concludes that gold is a good hedge against inflation, as well as deflation.

Companies investing in precious metals such as gold is not completely unthinkable. In 2009, life insurer Northwestern Mutual announced it purchased $400 million in gold. It was the first time in the company’s 152-year history. Chief Executive Officer Edward Zore explained, “Gold just seems to make sense; it’s a store of value. The downside risk is limited, but the upside is large.” Since his comments in June 2009, gold prices have increased from $950 per ounce to nearly $1,700.

Aside from gold’s monetary value to investors, gold also has a minor industrial value. According to the most recent data from the World Gold Council, technology gold demand in the third quarter of 2011 was 120.2 tonnes. The WGC explains, “According to the Semiconductor Industry Association, worldwide sales of semi-conductors (the major consumer of gold in tech) were $25.8 billion for the month of September, an increase of 2.7 percent from sales of $25 billion the prior month. Over the year to end-August, sales grew 2.2 percent year-on-year, partly as a result of rising demand in netbook and tablet segments. Industry analysts iSuppli estimates that worldwide tablet shipments will exceed 60 million units in 2011, with Apple accounting for 73.6 percent of those.” Keep in mind, this estimate was before Apple’s record breaking sale of 15.43 million iPads in the December quarter.

While some may think it would be out-of-the-question for Apple to purchase gold, the precious metal would provide a hedge for the company and its shareholders. At the very least, Apple could use the gold in its technology products. If Apple deploys just 5 percent of its $97.6 billion cash hoard to purchase gold, it would only have to part with $5 billion. This amount of cash flow was earned in just one month in the previous quarter. Although Apple has not announced new plans for its cash supply, it may be nearing a decision. The company’s Chief Financial Officer Peter Oppenheimer said, “We’re actively discussing uses of our cash balance, and have no specifics to share. In the meantime, we continue to be disciplined with cash, and are not letting it burn a hole in our pockets.”

For more analysis on our support levels and ranges for gold and silver, consider a free 14-day trial to our acclaimed Gold & Silver Investment Newsletter.

By Eric_McWhinnie

http://wallstcheatsheet.com

Wall St. Cheat Sheet : Only days after the S&P 500 crashed to the depths of hell at 666, the Hoffman brothers launched Wall St. Cheat Sheet: one of the fastest growing financial media sites on the web. Like a samurai, our mission is to cut through the bull and bear shit with extraordinary insights, a fresh voice, and razor-sharp wit. We provide the highest quality education and information for active investors, financial professionals, and entrepreneurs.

© 2012 Copyright Eric McWhinnie - All Rights Reserved
Disclaimer: The above is a matter of opinion provided for general information purposes only and is not intended as investment advice. Information and analysis above are derived from sources and utilising methods believed to be reliable, but we cannot accept responsibility for any losses you may incur as a result of this analysis. Individuals should consult with their personal financial advisors.


© 2005-2019 http://www.MarketOracle.co.uk - The Market Oracle is a FREE Daily Financial Markets Analysis & Forecasting online publication.


Comments

Buy Silver
26 Jan 12, 16:46
You can eat gold
Actually, gold you can eat :) The custom of eating gold began with the ancient Egyptians, who thought it would bring improvements in their health. They were right! Experts agree that the consumption of gold brings many benefits to our body, slows the aging of the skin and eliminates toxins, helps fight inflammation and arthritis and osteoarthritis, lowers levels of stress, improves concentration, memory, mood and sense of well-being. In New Zealand, buy silver and gold with MyGold.

Post Comment

Only logged in users are allowed to post comments. Register/ Log in