However, some analysts feared the comments were more smoke and mirrors than anything else. They speculated that Jobs, a survivor of pancreatic cancer, might not return at all.
Remember, Jobs was treated for a rare type of pancreatic cancer in 2004. He appeared gaunt at an Apple event last June and in January said he would take a leave of absence because his health problems were "more complex" than originally thought.
However all that speculation about Apple’s future without Steve Jobs may have been much ado about nothing if he does return as scheduled.
And that could send the stock moving. Since Jobs returned to the head job in 1997, Apple has flourished rolling out the iPod and iPhone and some of the world’s most popular computer gadgets.
How should you be trading?
I think you have to ask yourself how much more room Apple has on the upside, says Guy Adami. To me the time to get in was the dip when Jobs left. Now the reverse is true. It’s probably time to get out.
I agree, echoes Joe Terranova. That’s not to say the stock doesn’t ultimately go higher but right now the stock looks ripe for a pullback.
I would not take money off the table, counters Broadpoint Amtech analyst Brian Marshall. I think if Steve Jobs comes it’s only better for the company.
We’ll be watching.
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