NEW YORK Shares of Apple (AAPL) hit their lowest level in more than a year on Monday, continuing a decline hastened by the company’s last quarterly earnings report. Apple stock touched as low as $419 Monday – its weakest point since January 2012 – before closing down 2.4 percent at $420.05. Time to invest in Apple? Court chops Samsung’s $1B award to Apple Apple shareholder drops lawsuit on preferred stock The Cupertino, Calif., company’s Jan. 23 report signaled that its fast growth phase, rare for a company of its size, may be coming to an end. Apple’s stock price peaked in September at $705.07 on the day the iPhone 5 was released. With Monday’s close, the stock has dropped 40 percent from the record high.