I am inclined to answer "no" and declare instead that the fate of Apple's stock remains in the company's own hands, in Apple's power to revive and energize the creative will that formerly enabled it to change the world. That creative will needs to be encouraged, gathered, guided, released and channeled from the top -- which makes it all the more interesting that two months ago CEO Tim Cook declared that his compensation should be closely tied to the performance of Apple's stock.
All things considered, I believe that Icahn's big investment in AAPL mostly serves as a very visible acknowledgment that Apple is moving onwards and upwards.
-- Written by Ben Brinneman in Charlotte, N.C.
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