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Apple shares fall as earnings, revenue forecast disappoint; Icahn adds to stake

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In this Aug. 21, 2012 photo, the Apple logo is shown on a stock ticker at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Lennihan

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In this Aug. 21, 2012 photo, the Apple logo is shown on a stock ticker at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Lennihan

NEW YORK, N.Y. - Apple's stock dropped Tuesdat, hurt by a lacklustre first-quarter performance and a cautious second-quarter revenue outlook.

The shares fell 8 per cent, hovering near $507 in afternoon trading.

On Monday Apple Inc. said it sold more iPhones and iPads in the first quarter than in any prior quarter, but investors were expecting even bigger things from the Cupertino, Calif., company.

The iPhone maker also announced a second-quarter revenue forecast of $43 billion, below Wall Street's $46.13 billion estimate.

The company's stock has started losing some ground in the past year due to concerns about slowing growth and increasing competition.

On Tuesday Carl Icahn added to his Apple stake, tweeting that he'd purchased $500 million more shares of the company.

The billionaire investor has spent more than $1 billion on Apple stock during the past weeks to raise his total holdings in the company to roughly $4 billion. Icahn started buying Apple's stock five months ago when it was still trading below $450.

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