Apple CEO's handling of trade war has helped buoy shares, investors say

Apple | October 30, 2019

Apple CEO's handling of trade war has helped buoy shares, investors say
When Apple Inc (AAPL.O) reports results on Wednesday, Wall Street expects flat fiscal fourth-quarter sales and lower full-year revenue compared with the prior year, mostly because of declining iPhone sales. Yet Apple’s stock price has hit all-time highs in recent weeks, and its price-to-forward-earnings valuation is higher than it has been since 2010. Investors and analysts told Reuters that much of the explanation lies in Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook’s skillful management of relationships in Washington, Beijing and Wall Street.

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American voters are heading to the polls in November to determine for the 58th time their country’s president for the next 4 years. While presidential elections are known to provide good theatre, the 2016 Presidential Election has been filled with some interesting twists and turns and is undoubtedly one for the ages. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, whose loose-cannon speaking style has created a firestorm even among his own party, is viewed as a social media scandal machine.

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American voters are heading to the polls in November to determine for the 58th time their country’s president for the next 4 years. While presidential elections are known to provide good theatre, the 2016 Presidential Election has been filled with some interesting twists and turns and is undoubtedly one for the ages. The Republican nominee, Donald Trump, whose loose-cannon speaking style has created a firestorm even among his own party, is viewed as a social media scandal machine.