Apple Stock Jumps on $1B Samsung Verdict

by Peter Svensson
Monday Aug 27, 2012
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NEW YORK (AP) - Apple’s $1 billion court win against Samsung is translating into a much bigger jump in its market value.

Apple shares were up $15.48, or 2.3 percent, at $678.70 in premarket trading Monday.

That boosts Apple Inc.’s market capitalization by $15 billion. If the stock stays at that level in regular trading, it will also be a new all-time high for the company.

Late Friday, a nine-person federal jury in Silicon Valley found that some of Samsung’s products illegally copied features and designs from Apple’s iPhone and iPad.

Investors appear to be betting that the verdict will make it harder for Apple rivals to ride on the iPhone’s coat-tails. In particular, it’s likely to slow the growth of Android, Google Inc.’s operating system for smartphones. It’s used by Samsung, HTC, LG and Motorola, now a division of Google.

Samsung Electronics Co. shares fell 7.5 percent in Korean trading.

Apple could ask the judge to stop sales of infringing Samsung products in the U.S. Samsung, the world’s largest maker of smartphones, could still keep selling its products unchanged in the rest of the world. But the U.S. is the world’s largest market for smartphones, and Samsung is likely to want to remain there.

"We believe this verdict could lead to Samsung delaying near-term product launches as it attempts to design around Apple’s patents," said Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley.

Shares of HTC fell 1.9 percent on the Taiwanese stock market. Google shares fell $12.63, or 1.9 percent, to $666 in pre-market U.S. trading.

Meanwhile, shares of embattled Finnish phone maker Nokia Corp. jumped 29 cents, or 9.4 percent, to $3.37 in pre-market U.S. trading. That was the highest level for the company since May.

Nokia has gone against the grain and based its new smartphone line not on Android but on Microsoft Corp.’s Windows Phone. That operating system is substantially different from Apple’s, and hasn’t landed in its legal sights. However, sales of phones using the software have been slow, imperiling Nokia’s turnaround efforts.

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