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Apple Inc. (AAPL) News: Return Of The King, Mega-Payout & More

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Editor’s Note: Related tickers: Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG), Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX)

Apple Inc. (AAPL) Hedge Fund King Once Again: The Media Was Wrong (InsiderMonkey)
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is the hedge fund king once again. For the first quarter of 2013, 148 top-tier hedge funds held shares of the Cupertino-based tech giant in their equity portfolios, the same number that were long at the end of 2012. While the hedge fund industry is over 8,000 funds large in its entirety, we at Insider Monkey track the best of the best: 500 funds in total. This aggregate vote of confidence comes one day after many members of the media–and investors alike–reacted prematurely to individual hedge fund managers’ 13F filings, which indicate large investors’ stock picks on a quarterly basis. Shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) fell by 3.4% yesterday, as reports trickled in that the likes of David Tepper‘s Appaloosa Management, Julian Robertson’s Tiger Management, and George Soros‘ Soros Fund Management, among others, had either sold off their entire positions, or made significant cuts.

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Apple to distribute another $2.867 billion to shareholders via dividend (AppleInsider)
Shareholders “of record” on Monday May 13 will be paid today, although any shares changing hands must settle first, making the last day to have bought a share to qualify for the current dividend May 8. Flush with billions in cash it simply can’t spend fast enough, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) first announced plans for a dividend program a year ago last March, alongside a $10 billion share buyback program. It was the first time the company had paid a dividend in 17 years. Each quarter, the company initially stated it will pay its shareholders a $2.65 per share dividend. In its last earnings conference call, the company’s chief executive Tim Cook announced that, after paying out more than $10 billion over the past year in dividends, the company would launch “an aggressive plan that more than doubles the size of the [existing] capital return program” beginning this quarter.

$626M Verdict In Apple Patent Row Should Stand, Justices Told (Law360)
The lobbying group for inventors on Thursday joined the fight to reinstate a $625.5 million patent infringement verdict against Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), asking the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn an appellate ruling that would “needlessly increas[e] the burden of proving direct infringement of process patents.” The United Inventors Association of America said the Supreme Court should grant Mirror Worlds LLC’s petition for review, which argues the Federal Circuit erred when it ruled that the software company hadn’t presented any evidence at trial that either Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) or its…

Apple’s Tim Cook fetches $610,000 in coffee meeting auction (Business-Standard)
A coffee date with Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook fetched $610,000 for charity, according to press reports. An online auction generated 86 bids for the meeting at Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s Cupertino, California, headquarters with Cook, who is raising money for the Robert F Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, CNN reported yesterday., which organised the bidding, had estimated the event would raise $50,000. Glenda Felden, a spokeswoman for Charitybuzz, said the group would put out a statement with details about the winning bid after it had coordinated with all of the parties involved. Taking a cue from billionaire investor Warren Buffett, business leaders such as Cook and Starbucks Corporation (NASDAQ:SBUX) CEO Howard Schultz are auctioning their time for charity. Buffett last year raised $3.46 million for the Glide Foundation.

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