Ouch! Market woes drive AAPL below $100 at today's opening bell

A precipitous drop in the Chinese Shanghai Index resulted in markets around the world opening well below Friday's closing prices. Shares in Apple opened below $100 at $94.87 before bounding back into safer territory. About one hour after the opening of the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ this morning, AAPL was hovering around the $104 mark.

The shaky opening follows concerns of a wider collapse of the Chinese economy, the world's second largest. Many investors are already referring to today as "Black Monday," thanks to a drop of almost 1,100 points in the Dow Jones Industrial Average -- of which Apple is a component -- at the open of trading today. At this point, the DJIA has recovered slightly, back up about 800 points.

Apple CEO Tim Cook remains upbeat about China and the company he runs, sending the following email to The Street's Jim Cramer early this morning:

Jim,

As you know, we don’t give mid-quarter updates and we rarely comment on moves in Apple stock. But I know your question is on th reminds of many investors.

I get updates on our performance in China every day, including this morning, and I can tell you that we have continued to experience strong growth for our business in China through July and August. Growth in iPhone activations has actually accelerated over the past few weeks, and we have had the best performance of the year for the App Store in China during the last 2 weeks.

Obviously I can’t predict the future, but our performance so far this quarter is reassuring. Additionally, I continue to believe that China represents an unprecedented opportunity over the long term as LTE penetration is very low and most importantly the growth of the middle class over the next several years will be huge.

Tim
— https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/635799629947404288

AAPL last saw sub-$100 territory in October of last year. Shares reached a high of $134.54 on April 28, 2015.