Apple may be considering stock split: Bernstein

Apple may be considering stock split: Bernstein
Bernstein Research on Tuesday wrote that Apple Inc may be considering a stock split, a move that could lead to the pricy company's inclusion in the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

The firm gave no reason for why Apple might take such a move, which would double the number of Apple shares while halving the price. Calls to Bernstein were not returned.

In a note to clients, senior analyst A.M. Sacconaghi wrote that a split would enable Apple to be considered for inclusion in the 30-company index, which he described as under-representing technology companies.

There are five tech companies in the Dow: International Business Machines , Hewlett-Packard , Microsoft Corp , Intel Corp and Cisco Systems .

The Dow is price-based, and includes only two companies that trade for more than $100 per share: IBM and Chevron Corp . Apple is trading up 2 percent at $607.


Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012

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