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The Cupertino colossus has the best shot to be the world's first trillion-dollar company (requires just an 11% rise in market value, from $899 billion), Barron's Jack Hough reports:

  • The four other contendersAmazon, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook — will likely take longer.
  • "In its most recent fiscal year, Apple had $229.2 billion in revenue and $48.4 billion in earnings, roughly as much as the second- and third-most profitable U.S. companies, Microsoft and JPMorgan Chase, combined."
  • David Rolfe, chief investment officer at Wedgewood Partners, which manages $25 billion: "You have to go back to Rockefeller and Standard Oil to find a company so dominant in a business so large ... [I]n many quarters, Apple collects more than 80% of gross profit across the smartphone industry."
  • The Barron's takeaway: "We don't think the peak is near. Apple seems to be escaping its product supercycle peaks and troughs to post more-consistent year-to-year growth."

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Scoop: Iran preparing to enrich weapons-grade uranium, Israel warns U.S.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi holds a press conference. Photo: Presidency of Iran handout via Getty

Israel has shared intelligence over the past two weeks with the U.S. and several European allies suggesting that Iran is taking technical steps to prepare to enrich uranium to 90% purity — the level needed to produce a nuclear weapon, two U.S. sources briefed on the issue tell me.

Why it matters: Enriching to 90% would bring Iran closer than ever to the nuclear threshold. The Israeli warnings come as nuclear talks resume in Vienna, with Iran returning to the negotiating table on Monday after a five-month hiatus.

Biden: Fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns"

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President Biden on Monday said that the new coronavirus variant, Omicron, is "a cause for concern, not a cause for panic."

Driving the news: Biden said later this week the administration will be releasing a strategy on how "we're going to fight COVID this winter. Not with shutdowns or lockdowns, but with more widespread vaccinations, boosters, testing and more."

Updated 5 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Omicron dashboard

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

  1. Health: WHO says Omicron poses "very high" risk — Fauci says Omicron variant will "inevitably" be found in U.S. — U.S. restricts air travel from 8 countries over Omicron concerns.
  2. Politics: Biden says fight against Omicron won't include "shutdowns or lockdowns."
  3. States: New York declares state of emergency amid concerns over Omicron.
  4. World: Omicron adds urgency to vaccinating worldWHO warns against travel bans on southern African countries — First North American Omicron cases identified in Canada.
  5. Variant tracker: Where different strains are spreading.