Apple’s stock has touched a new high, reflecting investors’ renewed faith in CEO Tim Cook’s ability to outwit the competition and expand the technological hit factory.
Wednesday’s milestone represents a dramatic turnaround in sentiment since Apple’s shares reached its previous split-adjusted peak of $US100.72 ($A108.97) in September 2012.
After peaking at $US100.77 on Wednesday morning, shares slipped three cents to $US100.50, giving Apple a market value of $US602 billion – far more than any other publicly held company.
Apple’s stock had fallen to a split-adjusted $US55.01 in April 2013 to wipe out about $US300 billion in shareholder wealth amid worries that the California company had run out of ideas without the late Steve Jobs as its mastermind.
The anxiety escalated as sales of iPhones and iPads slowed amid the growing popularity of less expensive smartphones and tablet computers made by Samsung Electronics and other rivals relying on Google’s free Android software.
Now, there are signs that Samsung’s devices are losing momentum while Apple prepares to release the next version of its iPhone and investors wait for Cook to deliver on his promise to introduce a product that will open up new opportunities.
The breakthrough is widely expected to be a smartwatch that will include sensors to help people monitor their health.
Hewing to its secretive ways, Apple hasn’t provided details about its upcoming products.
Cook, though, has been raising hopes that Apple is poised to create a new product category for the first time since the iPad’s release four years ago.
“We’ve got some great things that we’re working on that I’m very, very proud of and very, very excited about,” he told analysts in April.