Apple (AAPL) is the most valuable and influential stock in global stock markets based on a combination of market capitalization and its trading volume.
Although Apple's stock price decoupled from the broader market several months ago due to idiosyncratic factors specific to Apple, I believe that any further downside for the stock will serve as an indicator of more widespread worries about sales growth and profit margins for the stock market as a whole.
The importance of Apple does not merely arise from the huge weighting (about 5%) that Apple's EPS represents in the overall EPS for the
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