Apple’s stock has seen a four-day consecutive decline, pressured by potential legal challenges in the United States, according to The New York Times.

The newspaper reports that an ongoing judicial investigation into Apple is nearing its conclusion, raising the specter of an antitrust case. Concerns include the preferential integration of the Apple Watch with iPhones compared to other smartphone brands. U.S. prosecutors are also examining whether Apple unfairly restricts competitors from accessing its iMessage service.

Earlier in the week, analysts, including those from Barclays, downgraded Apple shares, anticipating lackluster iPhone 15 sales and expressing skepticism about the upcoming iPhone 16.

On Friday, Apple’s stock closed down by another 0.4 percent. If these trends persist next week, Apple may lose its position as the world’s most valuable publicly traded company. With a current valuation of approximately $2.8 trillion, Apple is closely trailed by Microsoft, whose shares closed 0.1 percent lower on Friday, with a market capitalization of about $2.7 trillion.

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