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  • A Sneak Peek At Apple's Earnings
    Quoth the Raven Yesterday, 3:40 PM 35 Comments

    Summary

    • It's earnings season again for the largest and most fundamentally sound company in the world, Apple.
    • The focus this quarter is going to be less on the numbers, more on the coming product line and innovation.
    • Apple remains a stellar long-term vehicle for investment growth, sheltered by the security blanket of a massive cash position and a dividend.
  • Apple Earnings Preview: Fiscal 2014 Tough; Fiscal 2015 Looking Better
    Brian Gilmartin Yesterday, 12:45 AM 61 Comments

    Summary

    • Forward estimates indicate AAPL is now a mid to high-single-digit grower.
    • Fiscal 2015 looking slightly better in terms of EPS growth.
    • The big question remains how the $176 per share in cash is going to be spent.
  • Apple: The Case Against A Dividend Increase
    Marc Gilbert Fri, Apr. 18 72 Comments

    Summary

    • With shares undervalued, buybacks are a better option.
    • Dividends are less flexible during economic downturns.
    • Yes, buybacks do increase the share price.
  • Dispelling Market Misconceptions Of Apple
    Romano Bastianpillai Thu, Apr. 17 58 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple is still growing.
    • Profit share is more important than market share.
    • Revenue % change is misleading.
  • Could Guru Fund Managers Be Right On Apple Again?
    GuruFundPicks Thu, Apr. 17 66 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple shares have gone nowhere for two years. Question for newer investors is whether this is consolidation before a rise up to highs, or if Apple's heyday days are over.
    • Apple's discount valuation and growth potential related to new product launches, especially in wearable tech, make it an attractive play, despite concerns about its waning competitive edge vs. androids.
    • Gurus and other leading fund managers are buying Apple again en-masse in the last two quarters, signaling their bullishness about appreciation from current price levels.
    • Leading fund managers correctly predicted Apple's fall from the $700 level two-years ago. Could they be right again? We think so, and believe upside to be $700 in 12-18 mos.
  • Will Apple Ditch Google For Yahoo Search? Never Say Never
    David Alton Clark Thu, Apr. 17 37 Comments

    Summary

    • Rumor has it, that Marissa Mayer wants Apple to ditch Google as its default search engine in favor of Yahoo.
    • Apple is laser focused on quality and will not switch for any other reason.
    • Google's search engine technology is light years ahead of Yahoo's current offering.
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse
    Paulo Santos Mon, Apr. 14 333 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple is rumored to be asking $100 more for its latest iPhone 6.
    • This is a problem, because Apple has lost its ecosystem advantage and its phones are already too expensive.
    • While the larger display is welcome, a larger price will make the share problem larger at a point where Android is already dominating.
    • There seems to be no way out for Apple. Either it sacrifices margins or volume, and both are bad outcomes.
  • Apple's Plan To 'Take By Storm' The Smartphone Market In 2014 Materializes
    David Alton Clark Sun, Apr. 13 145 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple is rumored to release two new iPhones later this year.
    • Reports suggest pent up demand for the 5.5-inch high-end version could be enormous.
    • Apple appears to be gearing up for a major marketing blitz.
    • Apple still trades for a dirt cheap valuation.
  • Apple's Laptop Opportunity
    Mark Hibben Fri, Apr. 11 87 Comments

    Summary

    • JPMorgan analyst Rod Hall has estimated the size of the market for $500-$1,000 laptops to be $63 billion in 2013.
    • Apple has no laptop offerings below $999, but Hall suggests that an iPad with a keyboard could address this market.
    • I believe Apple would address this market more effectively with a lower cost MacBook based on Mac OS X.
    • To lower its cost, Apple could build a MacBook with Mac OS X running on an Apple ARM processor.
  • Apple, Google And GE - Which One Of These Things Is Not Like The Others
    Markos Kaminis Thu, Apr. 10 62 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple is valued at a significant discount to relative peers Google, and yes, GE as well.
    • Apple is discounted despite sporting better growth expectations and a nice dividend to boot.
    • If Apple conveys its message more like Google and GE, I expect it could garner a valuation more like those two.
  • Apple: Saving The Best For Last?
    David Alton Clark Thu, Apr. 10 92 Comments

    Summary

    • Reports have surfaced Apple will launch a plethora of new products in the third quarter of 2014.
    • This series of new product launches will make or break Apple and Tim Cook.
    • Rumors suggest the iWatch will have some never before seen functionalities.
    • Apple’s iWatch is the single most important product launch for Apple this year.
  • Value Hidden In Plain Sight: Apple Is Too Cheap
    Shiv Kapoor Wed, Apr. 9 49 Comments

    Summary

    • Risk aversion levels are rising, as is apparent from a recent swing in investor interest from growth to value, and from small-cap and mid-cap stocks to large-cap stocks.
    • The S&P 500 is priced to deliver negative alpha, whereas Apple is priced to deliver at least 270 basis points of potential alpha.
    • Apple possesses solid defensive characteristics, attractive during a period of anticipated market weakness.
    • With a low co-efficient of determination, Apple is especially attractive because its price movement is dependent more on company specific factors than on general moves in market prices.
  • Samsung's Recent Foibles Should Be Good For Apple
    Bret Jensen Tue, Apr. 8 102 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple's main competitor, Samsung, is struggling of late.
    • This is a minor positive as shareholders await quarterly earnings as well as a dividend hike later in the month.
    • The stock also looks set up for a similar rally in the second half of the year like the one that occurred in 2013.
  • Competitors Are Like Piranhas Chewing Up Apple
    Michael Blair Tue, Apr. 8 226 Comments

    Summary

    • Forecasts for 20% growth in the smartphone market this year seem doubtful.
    • Growth is in lower priced segments with the premium market in danger of shrinking.
    • The growth in Asian markets has spawned scads of competitors.
    • Those competitors are like piranhas eating up Apple's share of market.
  • Apple: Already Too Late To The Phablet Market
    Stone Fox Capital Tue, Apr. 8 82 Comments

    Summary

    • Research firms expect huge growth for phablet devices.
    • Analyst sees enthusiasm in Asia around a larger screen iPhone.
    • Apple appears already late to the large screen device market.
  • Apple: The Storm Before The Calm
    Bill Maurer Tue, Apr. 8 63 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple could see a rough patch before the waters calm.
    • Earnings reports always contain disappointments. Will iPhone sales disappoint again?
    • Fiscal Q3 guidance seems likely to disappoint, just like last year.
    • Dividend raise is expected, but a buyback increase too?
    • Don't panic. Use pullbacks as opportunities to accumulate.
  • Apple Should Buy Out Comcast
    Alex Cho Mon, Apr. 7 52 Comments

    Summary

    • Rumors indicate that Apple and Comcast will create a partnership where Apple's box will be given higher priority over the "last mile.".
    • While, the rumor is certainly plausible a take-over would offer more value to Apple shareholders.
    • If Apple were to take-over Comcast, Apple can stand a reasonable shot at disrupting the current television ecosystem, and make television content widely available across different web capable devices.
    • If Apple were to acquire Comcast, Apple could sustain double-digit revenue growth and reduce its dependence on hardware for revenue.
    • Comcast would benefit as a result of having more resources available to build-out a next-generation fiber network. Some regulatory hurdles would have to be overcome to make a buyout work.
  • Cash Is King At Apple
    Dan Strack Mon, Apr. 7 58 Comments

    Summary

    • S&P 500 companies have $1.41 trillion in cash and marketable securities.
    • Apple has spent nearly $28 billion on its share buyback program with great success.
    • Even with a massive share buyback program, the company increased its total cash on hand by $14.1 billion to $158.8 billion in 2013.
  • Apple Bears: The Fake iPhone Panic Must Stop
    Quoth the Raven Mon, Apr. 7 47 Comments

    Summary

    • The Apple bear camp has perpetuated panic around the iPhone since it was released.
    • Bulls have been demonstrably right, bears have been demonstrably wrong dating back to early 2000s.
    • Apple remains a good vehicle for long-term growth.
  • Apple Is Significantly Undervalued - Shares Are Worth North Of $650
    Aurium Investments Sun, Apr. 6 127 Comments

    Summary

    • At its current valuation of $542, the market is forecasting a very bleak future for Apple.
    • Current valuation prices in zero growth and gross margin declines for all product lines.
    • Impact of new product releases is all upside.
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Company Description

Apple Inc designs, manufactures, and markets personal computers, mobile communication devices, media devices personal computers, and portable digital music players, and sells various related software, services, peripherals and networking solutions.

Sector: Technology
Country: United States