Samsung shares take a hit and drop 7% after verdict

Samsung shares take a hit and drop 7% after verdict
Around the globe, overseas stock markets are opening and for Samsung, it is the first chance investors have had to react to the verdict of the Apple v. Samsung patent trial which was announced late Friday. As you might expect, with the prospect of having to pay Apple as much as $3 billion if the judge triples the award, and the chance that some Samsung devices could be banned in the States, shares of the Korean tech titan are being trashed on Monday morning.

In its home town market in South Korea, shares of Samsung dropped as much as 7.7%, the largest single day decline in four years. That wiped an astounding $12 billion off the value of the company. Equity analysts see Samsung's earnings taking a 4% hit because of patent related issues. One anonymous Hedge Fund manager in Hong Kong said that Samsung will be OK after taking this 4 to 5% hit to the bottom line. He notes that Samsung has 65,000 patents compared to 9,000 for Apple and that the latter still counts on Samsung to build the processors for the Apple iPhone and the Apple iPad..

Brokerage firm Morgan Stanley says that the verdict is an opportunity for Samsung to be a "true alternative" to Apple with its "innovative thinking". Samsung and its fans are now concerned that Apple will target the hot selling Samsung Galaxy S III which has been a true challenger to the Apple iPhone with more than 10 million units already sold. That model was not involved in the court battle.

Apple shares will officially open on NASDAQ at 9:30 am EDT. In after hours trading after the verdict was announced, the stock rose nearly $12 or 1.77% to $674. Android developer Google will also see its shares open for trading at 9:30. After hours Friday, the stock dropped $5.63 or .83% to $673.
source: GlobeandMail, YahooFinance

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