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Author: Alan LittleDate: 2020-09-01

Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA) shares up after stock split

Apple (AAPL) and Tesla (TSLA) both made share gains on Monday after the two companies’ recently announced stock splits came into effect.

Apple revealed its plans for a four-for-one stock split in its Q3 earnings report in late July, a move that is designed to increase appeal to a wider base of investors.

Tesla followed suit with a five-to-one split in early August.

Both became effective after the first bell on Monday, and the two tech giants eased higher in early trading.

At 1:50pm ET on the Nasdaq, Apple shares were up 4.79% to $130.73.

Tesla went a bit higher, rising 10.04% to $486.86 on the Nasdaq.

The latest gains follow a historical trend that shows that splits generally lead to stocks outperforming the market in the days after the distribution.

Apple Stock Chart

This is because investors look favourably on splits as a bullish signal for long-term growth.

Since the stock splits were announced, Apple has climbed 32%, while Tesla has soared by more than 70%.

However, billionaire investor Leon Cooperman warned that the latest runs on AAPL and TSLA stock could be concerning as the splits do not add value in themselves.

He noted: “Look at Tesla and Apple: Everybody understands that splits don’t create value. My dad once told me if you gave me five singles for a $5 bill, I’m no better off.”

There was a large volume of Apple shares being traded on Monday morning.

During the first 90 minutes of the session, 82.7m AAPL shares had changed hands – a surprising number considering that its 30-day volume average is 178.588m.

Tesla traded 37.4m shares during the same period against its 73.369m 30-day volume average.

Tesla Stock Chart

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