As Goes Apple, So Goes America?

Joe Weisenthal, whose Money Game blog at Business Insider is a recommended follow by the way, passes along this of earnings in the technology sector both with and without Apple factored into the equation:

Taking Apple out of the equation, the Tech Sector has actually been in decline for a year now. Of course, as Weisenthal points out, this isn’t an entirely valid comparison because at least some of the money that had would have gone to Apple products would have gone to other companies. Of course, without Apple, Technology itself would be different because it was the development of the iPhone that led to Android, and the development of the iPad that led to the tablet computers put out now by a variety of companies. Taking the example to a broader scale, Crossing Wall Street blogger Eddy Elfenbein noted on Friday that removing Apple from the S&P 500 reduces the overall year over year earnings growth for that stock index drops from 7.8% to 2.7%. And, as Suzy Khimm notes the S&P’s projected earnings growth of 6.8% in the 1st Quarter of 2012 drops to 2.8% without Apple.

This is a pretty amazing demonstration of just how successful Apple has become and it makes one wonder what happens to the market if the Apple magic starts to fade.

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Comments

  1. Brummagem Joe says:

    Of course, as Weisenthal points out, this isn’t an entirely valid comparison because at least some of the money that had would have gone to Apple products would have gone to other companies.

    It also might have gone to expenditures totally separate from tech products. Caribbean cruises, Manolo Blahniks, autos, kitchen upgrades. These cherry picked what ifs are totally fatuous.

  2. Gold Star for Robot Boy says:

    I’m doing my part for Apple and America: iPhone 4s, black – purchased. Should arrive tomorrow.

  3. anjin-san says:

    If only the liberal/socialist bay area would make the kind of contributions to America’s economy that the average red state makes…

  4. PJ says:

    @anjin-san:

    If only the liberal/socialist bay area would make the kind of contributions to America’s economy that the average red state makes…

    What’s liberal about today’s Apple?

  5. anjin-san says:

    @ PJ

    Where did I say Apple is liberal?

    What I did say, though not directly, is that what is probably the most liberal major metro area in the country is an economic dynamo, which is a bit of a contrast to the right’s characterization of it as a nest of communists/traitors. I think it was Bill O’Rielly that said it was fine with him if terrorists destroyed San Francisco.

    I find it a bit ironic that a lot of people who live in red state backwaters think they are the uber-capitalists, and that the people out here who actually drive innovation and economic growth are socialists waiting for a handout.

  6. Ben Wolf says:

    There’s no transparency with the chart: how did they define “tech sector”? How is that “Index” on the left-hand side calibrated? Nor is there any analysis of where tech sector profits are coming from. The chart is an interesting diversion, but no more.