Apple's Fall Could be Very Good News for Indian Investors

Jan 8, 2019

Richa Agarwal, Research analyst

Centuries ago, an apple fell in the garden.

It hit the head of a young Newton. In a stroke of brilliant insight, the law of gravitation was discovered.

The fall of that apple took the world by storm.

'Apple' has fallen again. This event has also shaken the world, this time not in a good way.

America's 'first trillion-dollar corporation' has lost US$460 billion (~Rs 32 trillion) in market value in the last three months. Down to around its six year lows, Apple is no longer a trillion dollar company.

As the news reports cannot stop highlighting, this erosion in market cap is higher than Facebook's overall valuation. The wealth destruction in Apple is higher than the GDP of entire countries like South Africa, or Iran or any number of other countries.

The sales of iPhones are declining.

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Apple's CEO Tim Cook has blamed the slowdown on China and the China US trade war (Apple is two-way dependent on China - the latter being both a manufacturing hub and a big consumer for its products). For the first time in over a decade, the sales forecast has been cut.

Apple's Fall Could Be a Precursor of Good Times for Indian Smallcaps

By the way, the repercussions of this are not just related to Apple and its stakeholders. This could just be the trailer of a picture that is about to get worse as far as global trade is concerned.

Here is something to think about:

  • ...That Apple was one of the biggest companies (and supposedly safe) hasn't come to its rescue.

    ...That the world's best investor - Warren Buffett believes in and has bet on the company (Apple has been the biggest bet in Buffett's portfolio), hasn't really offered any stability to Apple's shareholders.

The recent crash in Apple's stock price proves the point I made a few weeks ago- a familiar name or large market cap are no guarantors of safety.

On the contrary, such 'perception' factors often puff up market price in the short term, thus making the fall sharper.

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And coming to why I'm excited about the US's fall out with China...

Amid Trump's trade war, Apple is warming up to the idea of having India as its manufacturing partner.

As per reports, on Apple's request, Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu is likely to meet senior executives of Apple at the World Economic Forum in Davos later this month in this regard.

While it's too early to say this, if the discussions are fruitful, they could open up a world of opportunities for some small cap companies in India... and hence for investors like you. I'll keep tracking developments on this front, and will keep you updated.

Happy Investing.


Richa Agarwal
Richa Agarwal (Research Analyst)
Editor, Hidden Treasure

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Jan 8, 2019

China is the biggest market for the iPhone and If there is slow down in china and if Chinese are not buying the product why would Apple set up the manufacturing in India. Indian will surely not buy the iPhone due to its cost.Who else will Apple sell its product. Apple is already having manufacturing facility in US for the US people..

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