Individual Business Analysis Part Ii- Apple Inc

Shaquita V. Stewart
Week 5-
Prof. Kim Hinton

During the course of week 4, the beginning of a business analysis was presented from the viewpoint of a mutual fund manager who was debating whether to invest in Apple Incorporated.   A Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats (SWOT) analysis was performed revealing four different aspects that were relevant to the decision of whether or not to invest in Apple:   (1) Design and Innovation, (2) Fluctuation within the Economy, (3) Price Competitiveness, and a (4) Loyal Customer Base.   Last week's analysis further identified Apple's internal stakeholders [i.e. Apple Employees and Software Developers] and external stakeholders [i.e. preferred and common Lenders, Manufactures, Consumers, Suppliers, and the Music Industry], their wants, needs and whether or not Apple was succeeding in fulfilling those needs.

This week the analysis of Apple Inc. goes further to explore the company's financial state, to include, Apple's income statement, balance sheet and statement of cash flows.   Upon reflection of what Apple's financial information reveals, the company will then be compared to two of its competitors, Dell Incorporated and Microsoft Corporation.   Prior to summarizing Apple Inc.'s financial health and how it compares to its competition, concerns, and the reasons behind those concerns, will be addressed.   There will be a focus on how the information obtained can be utilized in moving forward in the decision making process.   Moreover, a summary of Apple's technological advantages, as compared to Dell Inc. and Microsoft Corp., will be discussed.   In addition to how globalization has affected Apple's business strategies, a benchmarking analysis will also be conducted to include, Apple Inc.'s best practices, operational processes/procedures and products and/or services.  

Beginning with Apple Inc. financial statements, upon review of the income statement it can be concluded that Apple Inc. has been able...