Chart of the Day: Microsoft vs. Apple

August 20, 2012

Over the last ten years, almost everything has gone Apple’s way. In that time, they have introduced the iPod, iPhone, and iPad. Wow!

Unfortunately, I own Microsoft (and I don’t own Apple)…

5 responses to Chart of the Day: Microsoft vs. Apple

  1. So why don’t you redeploy your assets and sell it?

  2. What would the chart look like with dividends reinvested?

  3. Even with MSFT paying out it’s low dividends, AAPL has them beat big time!!! Had you made two investments as your 2001 New Year’s Resolution…

    On Jan 2, 2001 – MSFT was just under $50 per share. So, $1000 would give you 20 shares. It split in 2003 at 2:1 giving you 40 shares. Dividends have been very low and you’d only gained about 3-4 shares in the past 12 years. Today’s value would be about $1364.

    On Jan 2, 2001 – AAPL was just under $17.50 per share. So, $1000 would give you 57 shares. It split in 2005 at 2:1 giving you 114 shares. No dividends have been given in the past 12 years. Today’s value would be about $75,810.

    Ah, if only we knew then what we know now…

  4. What people tend to forget is that AAPL was on the verge of bankruptcy and about to dissapear. So in 2001 AAPL was a very risky investment. Also AAPL’s stock price did nothing until late 2004 when if finanly took off.

    In addition if you bought and held both stocks since their inception today MSFT would be worth far more than AAPL.

    It’s always easy looking at the past and selecting a time frame when one company outperformed the other and think “wish I would have.” The real question is will AAPL continue to outperform MSFT and more Importantly will it out perform a the total U.S. stock market?

    The rational answer is nobody knows.

  5. I’d love to see the chart from these two titans in the 80’s… 😉