Company Update: Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) – [video]How Apple’s Big Deal With IBM Hurts BlackBerry and Microsoft

Apple Inc (NASDAQ:AAPL) [at TheStreet] – Apple’s historic deal with IBM puts both companies at the forefront of enterprise budgets, but also crimps the moves BlackBerry and Microsoft have made in recent years.
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Apple Inc. (AAPL), with a current value of $581.62B, opened this morning at $97.02.
 
During today’s session, AAPL traded between $96.07 to $97.10 and has traded between $59.82 and $97.10 over the past year.
 
Priced at 15.08x this year’s forecasted earnings, AAPL shares are relatively inexpensive compared to the industry’s 27.23x forward p/e ratio.
 
And for those looking to make a return holding the stock, the company pays shareholders $1.88 per share annually in dividends, yielding 2.10%.
 
In a review of the consensus earnings estimate this quarter, 44 sell-side analysts are looking at $1.23 per share, which would be $0.16 better than the year-ago quarter and a $0.02 sequential increase. What we find to be interesting is that the full-year EPS estimate of $6.32 is a $0.64 improvement when compared to the previous year’s annual results.
 
The quarterly earnings estimate is predicated on a consensus revenue forecast of $37.92 Billion. If reported, that would be a 7.36% increase over the year-ago quarter.
 
In terms of ratings, Barclays upgraded AAPL from Equal Weight to Overweight (Jul 14, 2014). Previously, ISI Group downgraded AAPL from Strong Buy to Buy.
 
Investors should keep in mind is that the average price target is $98.86, which is 1.90% above where the stock opened this morning.
 
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 AppleĀ’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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