Apple's Difficulties Continue as Shares Tumble -- Finspreads

Apple's Difficulties Continue as Shares Tumble -- Finspreads 
LONDON -- (Marketwire) -- 01/25/13 --  Finspreads: Apple has recorded
its biggest one-day drop in stock for four years, with investors
beginning to question whether its dominance in the smartphone market
is set to come to an end.  
The Californian company saw its shares drop by 12.35 per cent to
$450.50 at the end of trading on the Nasdaq yesterday (January 24th),
wiping around $50 billion (GBP  32 billion) off its overall value.  
Apple remains the world's most valuable company, but shares have
fallen by a third since September, with increasing concerns about the
company's ability to compete with the challenges posed by Samsung and
other Android-based devices.  
The drop comes despite the company recording flat profits and a
record quarterly revenue of $55 billion.  
Analysts have attributed the company's difficulties to disappointing
sales figures for its new iPhone 5.  
Apple's disappointing performance has had a continued knock-on effect
for its Asian suppliers, many of whom saw their shares slip.  
LG, who supply Apple with displays, fell 3.1 per cent, and Hon Hai,
who assemble iPhones and iPads saw its shares retreat by 3.2 per
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