Pac Crest upgrades Apple on iPhone 6 hopes

|About: Apple Inc. (AAPL)|By:, SA News Editor

Pac Crest's Andy Hargreaves has upgraded Apple (AAPL) to Outperform, and set a $635 PT. He thinks a 4.7" iPhone 6 will arrive in the fall (in-line with reports), and that a base model will sell for a relatively steep subsidized price of $299; that could imply an unsubsidized price of $749.

Hargreaves estimates a 4.7" iPhone could boost the iPhone's total FY15 (ends in Sep.) unit sales by 10M to 170.4M, while lifting its ASP by $36 to $641 and its EPS contribution by $4 to $33.04.

He isn't counting on a 5.5" iPhone (also rumored to be in the pipeline) arriving this year. At the same time, he thinks new product launches (an iWatch?) provide "optionality" to Apple shares.

Hargreaves downgraded Apple on Jan. 16, 2013, when shares were at $471.

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