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The Icahn Effect: Is Apple the Next Netflix?

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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Trader Ben Brinneman, featured on MarketWatch, Bloomberg and Reuters, resides in Charlotte, N.C., and is the owner of C Squared Trading. Brinneman started his career trading bonds for U.S. Bancorp and was an analyst for a wealth management firm. Brinneman and his team at C Squared Trading have taught hundreds in a one-on-one mentorship setting via Skype or live in Charlotte.

You can follow some of their free trades and tips on Twitter at @csquaredtrading.

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