Seeking Alpha

AAPL
Apple Inc. - NASDAQ

4/16/2014, 11:56 AM ET
Quote & Analysis Breaking News StockTalk
aapl chart
Today 5d 1m 3m 1y 5y 10y
52wk high:  
52wk low:  
EPS:  
PE (ttm):  
Div Rate:  
Yield:  
Market Cap:  
Volume:  
FOCUS  |  RELATED  |  TRANSCRIPTS  |  OTHER NEWS & PR
  • Apple Faces A Problem And Increasing Prices Will Make It Worse
    Paulo Santos Mon, Apr. 14 287 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. 13 135 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 76 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 90 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 48 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 98 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. 8 224 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.
  • Old Tech Still Shines: Apple And Microsoft
    Stone Fox Capital Sat, Apr. 5 23 Comments

    Summary

    • Office product sales on the iPad top the app charts.
    • iPad sales to benefit from the business user able to use Office suite.
    • Apple offers a cheap valuation with expensive tech stocks selling off.
  • Apple Will Continue To Dominate Set-Top Boxes
    Mark Hibben Fri, Apr. 4 23 Comments

    Summary

    • In 2013, Apple TV dominated the market for under-$100 set-top boxes.
    • Despite competitive pressures from Roku, Google, and now Amazon, Apple will continue to dominate in 2014 with a next generation Apple TV.
    • Key to this new Apple TV will be Apple's patented 3D remote, which will enable a full iOS experience on TV.
  • Apple's Q2 Results Are Likely To Disappoint
    Michael Blair Fri, Apr. 4 344 Comments

    Summary

    • Slower growth in premium smartphone segment.
    • Weak demand in key China market.
    • Unfavorable mix including discounted iPhone 4s units in India, Brazil and Indonesia.
    • Inventory overhang of iPhone 5c.
    • Shaping up to be a weak quarter overall.
  • Apple: 3 Specific Reasons I'm Still Bullish
    Quoth the Raven Thu, Apr. 3 41 Comments

    Summary

    • Apple will likely easily handle Amazon's set top box offering.
    • Apple will likely continue to buy back stock.
    • Apple's new products are likely going to be game-changers.
  • Microsoft Office For iPad Is A Boon For Apple
    Kofi Bofah Thu, Apr. 3 28 Comments

    Summary

    • Microsoft has finally made its Office software available for Apple iPad.
    • The Microsoft Surface tablet will be rendered all but obsolete.
    • Apple stock is still a solid long-term investment.
  • Key Analyst Says Little Downside For Apple
    Bret Jensen Wed, Apr. 2 36 Comments

    Summary

    • Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray came out with positive comments on Apple this morning.
    • His reasoned analysis points out some upcoming positive catalysts for the shares.
    • The shares continue to have one of the lowest valuations for a large cap in the overall market. The stock seems closer to a floor than a ceiling.
AAPL vs. ETF Alternatives
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