Being the market’s biggest stock makes Apple less juicy

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Apple became the U.S. stock market’s first $1 trillion company this week, and while that’s cause for celebration for shareholders, they may not want to indulge too heavily.

That’s because only the most popular companies reach the top of the market-capitalization ranks — and popularity is often fleeting, commentator Mark Hulbert observes this week about Apple. Read his report on what frequently happens to stocks after they reach the pinnacle of the market, then check out features on active managers, stock buybacks, China stocks, and a bullish case for gold.

— Jonathan Burton

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