David Einhorn Swings at Apple, Hits Dell: Tech Weekly
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- David Einhorn scored a small victory in his shareholder battle against tech Goliath Apple (AAPL) this week, winning a court order to keep the company from eliminating its preferred stock, a vehicle the hedge funder says could be the key for returning billions in cash to investors.
Late Friday, a court blocked Apple's shareholder vote as a result of a lawsuit brought forward by Einhorn.
This may allow the famed short-seller turned activist to push a case for increasing the company's dividend as his fund, Greenlight Capital, adds to a more than half-billion-dollar Apple bet.
Einhorn and Apple were at the heart of a big week for a handful of tech titans that also included the earnings of struggling PC-makers Hewlett-Packard (HPQ) and Dell (DELL) and an all-important quarterly report from electric-car maker Tesla (HPQ) , as the company's founder Elon Musk tries to charge up excitement about its Model S sports car.
Although Einhorn's legal victory against Apple culminated a week of back and forth between the tech giant and its most vocal investor, the company also made headlines for new product speculation.
Rumors in February that Apple was developing its own smart watch drew a strong response from TheStreet's readers this week.
Of the 1,455 people who voted in a recent poll, 75% said they would buy an iWatch if Apple released such a product. Just 13% of respondents said "No," with another 13% saying they weren't sure.
A smart watch could be big business for Apple, which recently has faced concerns about its continuing innovation. Morgan Stanley analyst Katy Huberty believes the watch could be worth as much as $10 billion to $15 billion in annual revenue for Apple, assuming a $200 price point.