FORTUNE -- You meet the nicest people on CNBC. Take, for example, Jeffrey Gundlach.
The last time we wrote about the controversial founder of DoubleLine Capital he was telling a group of investment bankers that he had lost faith in the Apple's (AAPL) ability to wow customers and was shorting the stock.
"I just wonder how many people will queue up around the block for an iPad 87," he said. (See Meet the men who carved $96B out of Apple's market value.)
That was in May 2012, when Apple was trading for just over $540 a share. The next day the stock began a run that took it to over $700.
Gundlach was at it again Thursday, telling CNBC listeners that Apple "is a dead-money stock for quite a while to come, once it settles in around $530."
For those with short memories, Gundlach was the so-called bond king of Wall Street profiled in Fortune after he was fired by his long-time employer, Trust Company of the West, and sued for allegedly stealing proprietary data to start a competing firm.
"The suit added a salacious twist of the knife, perfectly calibrated for maximum media interest ," Fortune reported. "Gundlach had allegedly stashed a trove of illicit material in his office: 70 pornographic magazines and videos, 12 'sexual devices,' and several bags of marijuana." -- From Firing the $70 billion man.
The juiciest evidence -- including reports of alleged sexual liaisons with former co-workers -- was ruled inadmissible in the high-profile trial and the two sides settled out of court.
Gundlach made headlines again in September 2012 when his Santa Monica home was burglarized. The thieves made off with a Piet Mondrian, a Jasper Johns and a 2010 red Porsche Carrera 4S. The paintings were recovered after Gunlach posted a record $1 million reward for the Mondrian. The Porsche is still missing.
But Andrew Ross Sorkin gets the last word: A dig at Apple's CEO.
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FORTUNE -- Can't something be done about Ed Zabitsky?
The first time we looked at ACI Research's chief (and only) tech analyst, back in January, he was telling his clients to sell Apple (AAPL) short.
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The host of CNBC's Mad Money makes it his first pick in the "ultimate growth portfolio"
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Now even the New York Times is misusing the "law of large numbers"
We can forgive the talking heads on CNBC for blathering on about mathematical "laws" of which they are totally ignorant. What do they know?
But when James B. Stewart, a Pulitzer-prize winning professor of business journalism at Columbia University writes about Apple (AAPL) "running up against the law of large numbers" in the New York Times, it's time for MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Feb 25, 2012 11:18 AM ET
An analyst with a $270 target and "sell short" rating may have a credibility problem
I applaud my CNNMoney colleague Hibah Yousuf for trying to pin down which hedge funds have been dumping their Apple (AAPL) shares lately, but I'm not sure I would have used ACI Research's Edward Zabitsky as a source for a piece entitled Not everyone loves Apple's stock.
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A blogger-analyst highlights the growing gap between its earnings and its stock price
"In just four-years," writes Andy Zaky in a passionately worded post published Sunday on his Bullish Cross blog, "Apple's earnings have grown 600% to $27.68, and its revenue skyrocketed 341% to $108.2 billion. That's the most explosive 4-year growth rate of any large-cap company on the entire S&P 500."
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