Smartphone Stock Spotlight: Apple Pared

Apple shares were suffering a day after CEO Steve Jobs announced he was stepping aside for medical reasons.
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Smartphone makers on Thursday were given a slight reprieve from the previous day's

beating

, with most stocks in the green at midday.

Palm

(PALM)

, was making up some of Wednesday's 15.1% loss, trading up 4% to $5.50.

BlackBerry maker

Research In Motion

(RIMM)

was up 2.7% to $46.30.

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Photo gallery: Smart Phones

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iPhone maker

Apple

(AAPL) - Get Report

was down 5.3% to $80.85 a day after CEO

Steve Jobs' announcement

that he will take medical leave until June.

Nokia

(NOK) - Get Report

was up 1.6% to $13.70, and

Motorola

(MOT)

was up 0.1% to $1.70.

This article was written by a staff member of TheStreet.com.