Apple Inc. just had its worst start to the year by one measure as investors react to mounting pressures on the company, putting its long-standing status as the world’s most valuable stock by market value in jeopardy.
Shares of the technology giant fell 0.4% Friday to close at about $181 after the New York Times reported that the Justice Department is closer to filing an antitrust case against the company. The decline notched the fifth consecutive negative day for Apple, its longest losing streak since October.
The potential antitrust case against Apple “would add to the plethora of problems it faces, from slowing iPhone sales to Watch patent issues,” Bloomberg Intelligence analyst Anurag Rana wrote in a note. “The suit could attack Apple’s business model of tightly integrating its devices and services.”
The Cupertino, California-based company has been the most valuable publicly-listed company since July 2022, but has seen about $177 billion in market value erased so far this year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg. While the stock has suffered bigger percentage declines in the first week of January, the losses are the biggest market value destruction at the start of any year on record.
South Africans need to be in the know if we want to create a prosperous future. News24 has kept the country informed for 25 years, and we’re about to enter a new chapter of fearless journalism. Join our free subscription trial to unlock this story and a world of news aimed to inform, empower, and inspire.