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Apple Due For Institutional Support At Current Level, Dividend Yield

|Includes: Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Tim Biggam, TradingBlock (May 17, 2012, 3:19 pm CDT)

Symbol Analyst Target Price Target Date
AAPL 560.00 July 20, 2012

Apple Inc. (ticker: AAPL), together with subsidiaries, designs, manufactures, and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players; and sells related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications worldwide.

The drubbing in AAPL shares continues seemingly unabated, with the shares trading under 540 for the first time since March 6. Since earnings on April 24th, the stock has been down 11 out of 15 days, falling 12% from 610 to 537. AAPL now has a dividend yield of nearly 2%, eclipsing the yield on the 10-year government bond by 25 bps (basis points). Much of the recent sell-off is due to cash-raising by hedge funds, with AAPL being seemingly every fund's largest holding.

Given that AAPL shares now fetch only a 13 P/E on a trailing basis, and under 10 on a forward basis, combined with a nearly 2% yield, I think AAPL is reaching a valuation level that will get some institutional support. I look for AAPL to head to 560 by July expiration.

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