[at Fortune] – FORTUNE — Apple (AAPL) as an investment looks very different, depending on your time frame. This could explain why long-term investors tend to be happy campers, and Johnny-come-latelies not so much.Filed …
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Apple Inc. (AAPL), valued at $504.77B, started the session at $554.17.
Shares have traded today between $554.00 and $561.28 per share with the price of the stock fluctuating between $385.10 to $575.14 over the last 52 weeks.
Apple (AAPL) shares are currently priced at 12.81x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 59.57x earnings multiple for the same period.
The company pays shareholders $12.20 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.20%.
According to a consensus of 47 analysts, the earnings estimate of $14.05 per share would be $0.24 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.33 sequential increase. The full-year EPS estimate is $43.71 which would be a $3.96 better than last year’s full-year earnings.
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $57.31 Billion. If realized, that would be a 5.14% increase over the year-ago quarter.
In terms of ratings, UBS upgraded AAPL from Neutral to Buy (Dec 3, 2013). Previously, Robert W. Baird upgraded AAPL from Neutral to Outperform.
With the above information in mind, readers should note that the average price target is $595.73, which is 7.50% above where the stock opened this morning.
Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL), together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computing products and portable digital music players worldwide. Its products and services include iPhone, iPod, iPad and much more.
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