Apple Stock Dips, Company Loses $5.5 Billion Morning After Steve Jobs CEO Resignation

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UPDATED: But at the end of the day, the tech giant was down less than 1 percent, cutting about $2.3 billion off the company's market value.

NEW YORK - Shares of tech giant Apple finished Thursday trading only slightly lower, following late Wednesday's news that Steve Jobs resigned as CEO.

As of 9:45am ET, Apple's stock was trading at $369.79, down 1.7 percent, less than a third the 6 percent drop in Wednesday after-hours, which had signaled a loss of about $18 billion in market value. The early morning trading cut down Apple's market capitalization by about $5.5 billion from Wednesday night when multiplying the stock price decline with the number of outstanding Apple shares.

But at the end of the day, the stock finished down only 0.7 percent at $373.72, reducing Apple's market cap by about $2.3 billion.

Analysts had said Wednesday evening that not much should change at Apple with Jobs' decision to focus on the chairman role.

Daniel Ernst, analyst at Hudson Square Research, told The Hollywood Reporter that he still recommends investors buy Apple's stock amid the decline. "The Apple story is not about a given day or even a whole quarter," he said. "Apple is a long term story of product innovation, share gains and operating execution. If the stock is down, its an opportunity to buy." Wedbush Securities analyst Scott Sutherland echoed that view.

Apple remained the U.S. company with the second-highest market value after in recent days being overtaken again by oil giant Exxon Mobile.

Jobs' resignation has put the spotlight on new CEO Tim Cook who is described as calm, cool, but also secretive and occasionally brutal.


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