Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) – How the iPhone Air Gives Apple a Boost

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) [at TheStreet] – The next iPhone, dubbed by many to be the iPhone Air, is going to be a huge product push for Apple, both in scope and in size. That’s leading one analyst to upgrade the stock as investors await new product …
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Apple Inc. (AAPL), valued at $478.28B, opened this morning at $535.10.
During today’s session, AAPL traded between $535.06 to $537.84 with a trailing 52-week range being $385.10 to $575.14.
Priced at 12.41x this year’s forecasted earnings, AAPL shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 29.53x forward p/e ratio.
And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $12.20 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.30%.
Consensus earnings for the current quarter by the 44 sell-side analysts covering the stock is an estimate of $10.13 per share, which would be $0.04 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.63 sequential decrease. The full-year EPS estimate is $42.77, which would be a $3.02 better than last year.
The quarterly earnings estimate is based on a consensus revenue forecast of the current quarter of $43.54 Billion. If realized, that would be a 0.14% decrease over the year-ago quarter.
Recently, Barclays downgraded AAPL from Overweight to Equal Weight (Feb 20, 2014). Previously, Standpoint Research downgraded AAPL from Hold to Sell.
The average price target for AAPL shares by the analysts covering it is $586.00, which is 9.51% above where the stock opened.
Summary (NASDAQ:AAPL) :  Apple Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries design, manufacture, and market mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players worldwide. It also sells software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications related to its products. The company offers iPhone, a line of smartphones that comprise a phone, music player, and Internet device; iPad, a line of multi-purpose tablets based on Apple’s iOS Multi-Touch operating system; Mac, a line of desktop and portable personal computers; and iPod, a line of portable digital music and media players, such as iPod touch, iPod nano, iPod shuffle, and iPod classic. It also provides Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and various accessories, service and support offerings; and manufactures the Apple LED Cinema Display and Thunderbolt Display. In addition, the company sells various other application software comprising Final Cut Pro, Logic Pro X, and its FileMaker Pro database software, as well as a range of Apple-branded and third-party Mac-compatible, and iOS-compatible peripheral products, including printers, storage devices, computer memory, digital video and still cameras, pointing devices, and various other computing products and supplies. Apple Inc. sells digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App Store, iBooks Store, and Mac App Store; and its products through its retail stores, online stores, and direct sales force, as well as through third-party cellular network carriers, wholesalers, retailers, and value-added resellers. The company also sells a range of third-party products through its online and retail stores. It serves various consumers, small and mid-sized businesses, as well as education, enterprise, and government customers. Apple Inc. was founded in 1977 and is headquartered in Cupertino, California.
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