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Despite its recent financial stumble, Apple has topped Fortune's annual ranking of the World's Most Admired Companies for the 12th consecutive year.

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Apple finished ahead of Amazon, the runner-up for a third consecutive year, while Warren Buffett's holding company Berkshire Hathaway, The Walt Disney Company, and coffee chain Starbucks rounded off the top five. Apple rivals Microsoft, Google, and Samsung ranked 6th, 7th, and 50th respectively.

Apple topped the list in every category, such as innovation, quality of management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, financial soundness, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.

The rankings were determined by "some 3,750 executives, analysts, directors, and experts" who selected the 10 companies they admired most:
As we have in the past, Fortune collaborated with our partner Korn Ferry on this survey of corporate reputations. [...]

To select our 50 All-Stars, Korn Ferry asked 3,750 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to the industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year's surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry.
Fortune also asked its respondents to weigh in on the reputations of the executives who lead these top companies, with 79 respondents calling Apple CEO Tim Cook "underrated" and 183 calling him "overrated."

Article Link: Apple Named 'World's Most Admired Company' for 12th Year in a Row
 

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In other news, MacRumors curmudgeons voted Apple the Most Heinous Company. In typically humorless forum posts, Apple critics disregard all evidence to the contrary and unilaterally declare Apple as the worst company to ever exist.

“Where is my US$99 iPhone?” seems to be the rallying cry. “Apple keeps overcharging. We know they use slave labor and never pay taxes. They also use inferior intel parts. No way there’s more than 3¢ worth of parts there,” others say. Rampant denial and equivocation is expected when news is received that anyone could reasonably disagree.

Expect to see more comments of “Fire Tim Cook” as critics rally together in force not seen since the last Guy Fawkes day.
 
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Googlyhead

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You forgot to add '/s' to your post, I think....
To be fair; I think they would rank quite high on the 'financially sound' scale.

As for the others; perhaps the competition really is that bad?

such as innovation, quality of management, social responsibility, use of corporate assets, financial soundness, quality of products and services, and global competitiveness.
 
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My puppy is drowning in a small pool of water and only Jony Ive and Tim were around to serve me as a customer in need. Tim as CEO wouldn’t recognize the issue with or interject with Jony Ive painting my puppy white and looking for ways to lighten him up first before attending to more pressing, obvious, valuable functional needs, but he’d find ways to make money off that nonetheless.

How to develop a rating that appropriately reflected that... :/
 
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I'm more irritated with Apple than I have ever been before. Form over function and more BS and spin than usual.

Amen. As Apple Computer Company was founded in 1976, it first drew me in around 2004, at the perfect age of 29...it was past its awkward growing stages and now fresh, healthy, spirited, couldn’t do much wrong, and was primed for continued success. Hit many home runs then thru around 2010, really feeling its prime up thru age 35. Then just a few years later past its mid 30s it started messing around with a good thing. Sudden onslaught of unnecessary plastic surgery, focusing on looks more than what’s underneath, but able to still earn so much money that it didn’t recognize the poor new foundation it was building in addition to the accumulating resentfulness of its once admirous following. Now at age 43 it’s at a bit of a crossroads. Hopefully like many 45+ year olds it’ll recognize its current follies and regain the understated confidence it once had, refocusing back onto what’s most important and what made it so great 15 years ago - a foundation rooted in the product not the image the product projects.
 
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"Fortune also asked its respondents to weigh in on the reputations of the executives who lead these top companies, with 79 respondents calling Apple CEO Tim Cook "underrated" and 183 calling him "overrated."

2.3:1 vote Cook "overrated".
[Cook "winning!"/s]
Wow, talk about statistical manipulation...

There were 4243 respondents. Only 4% of them thought Cook was "overrated".

That bizarre ratio you quoted illustrates the point that Fortune itself makes in the article: he's 3rd on the list of most overrated CEOs and also voted 5th most underrated.

Or, as you would say, 3:5...
 
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Apple stock tells a different story for the last 6 months
Obviously Wall Street sell side analysts weren’t surveyed.
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I'm more irritated with Apple than I have ever been before. Form over function and more BS and spin than usual.
Luckily you’re not forced to buy Apple products so you can buy/use a product that doesn’t irritate you.
 
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What other company can charge $749 for sub-1080p screens and still have them sell? I mean, you gotta admire that
People do admire the color accurate displays, great battery life, best in mobile silicon, incredible camera, best security, and best software support in the industry.

They also admire that Apple doesn't have to sell product on specs alone. As we've seen, a garbage 1080P screen is not as good as Apple's Xr screen.
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Apple stock tells a different story for the last 6 months
Stocks go up and down, on average 50% in any given year from top tick to bottom tick.

Stock price without context is meaningless. The whole market was down, particularly the Nasdaq over the same period and is still in the process of recovering.

Apple is about to report EPS and stocks sometimes give you opportunities to buy.
 
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