Company Update (NASDAQ:AAPL): Are Apple and Google About to Reshape the Future of Music Streaming?

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) [at Motley Fool] – Following Apple’s acquisition of Beats Music and Google’s planned acquisition of Songza, the music streaming industry finds itself at a crossroads with new possible top players on the horizon.
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Apple Inc. (AAPL), with a current value of $564.44B, opened this morning at $93.85.
Looking at the equity, the company’s one day range is $93.34 to $94.06 with the price of the stock fluctuating between $58.63 to $95.05 over the last 52 weeks.
AAPL shares are currently priced at 14.84x this year’s forecasted earnings, which makes them relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 28.35x forward p/e ratio.
And for income investors, the company pays shareholders $1.88 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.10%.
In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 45 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.22 per share, which would be $0.15 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.01 sequential decrease. In looking at the bigger picture, the full-year EPS estimate of $6.30 would be a $0.62 better when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $37.80 Billion. If reported, that would be a 7.02% increase over the year-ago quarter.
In terms of ratings, ISI Group downgraded AAPL from Strong Buy to Buy (May 9, 2014). Previously, Deutsche Bank Initiated AAPL at to Buy.
The average price target for AAPL shares by the analysts covering it is $96.10, which is 2.40% 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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