Apple’s stock has actually been on a tear lately.

On the year Apple is up over 70%, just recently becoming the very first U.S. company with a market cap of over 2 trillion … yes, that’s trillion with a T

On July 30th, Apple (AAPL) announced a 4:1 stock split making its stock rate more economical for more financiers.

The split is arranged to occur on August 31st. But they’re not the only one. Tesla (TSLA) just a couple of days in the future August 11th, announced a stock split also for August 31st.

TSLA is arguably the most talked-about stock this year. Their stock split will be a 5:1 split. So to kick things off, let’s very first simply answer the question:

What Is A Stock Split?

Let’s take a look at Apple (AAPL) as an example. At the time of this short article, Apple closed at $503.43/ share. So for simple mathematics let’s say you presently were holding 100 shares of Apple. The so-called “Split Date” is since the close of the market on August 28th. At this time, whatever the current rate of AAPL stock is it will be divided by 4. In doing this, your initial 100 shares will now be 400 at the brand-new rate.

Make sense?

Why Would A Business (Like Apple or Tesla) Wish To Split Their Stock?

Well, it’s honestly quite basic: They want their share to be more approachable/accessible to more people. With both companies having insane runs higher this year, TSLA is currently trading at $2014.20 as of today’s close and as I previously mentioned, AAPL closed at $503.43.

So as you can see for the typical trader or financier, they may have to hand down investing or trading in either business stocks, which is what they hope to changes with their upcoming splits.

Next, lets go over …

Has Apple’s Stock Split Prior to?
Yes, since Apple’s IPO all the way back on December 12, 1980, Apple has actually divided 4 separate times.

1. June 16th, 1987
2. June 21, 2000
3. February 28, 2005
4. June 9, 2014

What Does This Mean If You’re Currently Holding AAPL & TSLA Stock?

If you’re currently holding either company’s stock at the close of the markets on the 28th, you can take the variety of shares you presently have in AAPL and increase it by 4, and with the case of TSLA, you would multiply by 5.

When the marketplaces open back up on the 31st you ought to see the new number shown in your account, along with the new price/share.

Crucial Things To Remember:

1) Confirm your orders since your broker might cancel any open orders

2) Inspect your alternative strike rates because they will alter with the stock split.

Does A Stock Split Usually Send A Stock Higher or Lower?

Well typically, as we’ve seen with both Apple and Tesla, the announcement of the split normally results in a bullish activity with the stocks. When both companies revealed it sent out both of their stocks on a great run greater.

This can be attributed somewhat to the direct exposure stocks get when they reveal a split. If we hop over to Google Trends, which reveals what people are searching for, you can see when both company’s made their statements you saw a spike in search traffic on Google … sort of cool, huh?

And as I currently touched on, at the brand-new lower cost it tends to attract a lot of new traders and investors who may have not formerly been able to trade or buy the stock.

So Should I Buy AAPL Prior To or After The Split?

Well, in other words … that’s totally approximately you

I’m not a monetary consultant, nor do I EVER make trades or financial investments exclusively off of an event or news … that’s just not what I would think about a repeatable strategy.

I will definitely be viewing both AAPL and TSLA as their stocks are set to divide this upcoming Monday the 31st, but as you might have seen printed on my coffee cup:

I Trade What I See, Not What I Believe

And right about now, I BELIEVE Apple’s stock might go either direction … so I’ll simply enjoy the program.

I hope this has given you some insights on what a stock split is and you have actually taken pleasure in reading it. Let me know if you’re presently holding Apple or plan to trade/invest in it before or after the split.

I constantly like hearing from you!

Good trading!

Markus