That would mean that one stock held at close of play last night, would be split into six shares worth (at yesterday’s price) US$105 each.
The Dow only has two companies that trade over US$100, so if Apple was to get to that level it would need to do a 6 to 1 split or higher.
The last time Apple split its stock was February 28, 2005 when it was trading at around US$80. Prior to that it split its stock on June 21, 2000 and June 15, 1987.
A stock split would encourage smaller investors to purchase stock, however it’s unlikely to have any real impact other than in the short term. Following any announcement that there will be a stock split, Apple is likely to see an increase in interest in its stock prior to the split, notes The Motley Fool.
If Apple’s purpose in splitting its stock is to join the Dow that begs the question: why would Apple want to join the Dow?
It would appear that it is the Dow that would benefit from Apple’s presence. Some reports suggest that since Apple is the world’s most valuable company it belongs in the Dow. By joining the Dow Apple would boost the markets, bringing the index to an all-time high.
Bernstein analyst Toni Sacconaghi notes that the tech sector is under-represented in Dow, accounting for 17.3 percent of the weighting, while in the S&P 500, tech accounts for 19.8 percent of the weighting. “This disparity between Tech weighting in the Dow and S&P 500 leads us to believe the Dow is likely to add more Tech stocks, and that Apple would be a primary candidate if the company split its stock,” Sacconaghi wrote.