Interest Builds in Apple Ahead of iPad's Launch

Apple Inc. (AAPL) shares set an all-time high Monday as investors look ahead to the launch of the iPad tablet computer at the end of the week.

Apple shares hit $233.87 in morning trading on the Nasdaq stock market. By midafternoon shares had eased to $232.13, up half a percent on the day. The stock has risen about 15 percent since the company introduced the iPad at a media event in late January, and has more than doubled from its level at this time last year.

The iPad goes on sale in the U.S. Saturday at prices from $499 to $829, depending on memory and options. Apple says the device will be sold online through its Web site, at its retail stores and at most stores owned by Best Buy Co. (BBY), its retail partner for the launch.

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