Analysts’ Views On Apple Inc. (AAPL)

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) finished Tuesday with an addition of $1.97 to close at $141.11, an upside of 1.42 percent. An average of 87,496,219 shares of common stock have been traded in the last five days. There was a fall of -$0.80 in the past week. The last 20 days have seen an average of 89,007,047 shares traded, while the 50-day average volume stands at 77,719,219.

AAPL stock has decreased by -8.55% in the last month. The company shares reached their 1-month lowest point of $138.27 on 10/04/21. With the stock rallying to its 52-week high on 09/07/21, shares of the company touched a low of $107.32 and a high of $157.26 in 52 weeks. In spite of this, the price is down -10.27% from the 52-week high.

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Insider Transactions

2 days have passed since Apple Inc. (AAPL) last reported insider trading activity. WILLIAMS JEFFREY E, who is COO, most recently acquired $165,829 shares at $138.83 per share on Oct 04. In this transaction, the insider spent $23,022,040. Senior Vice President, O’BRIEN DEIRDRE, disposed of 89,437 shares at a price of $138.83 on Oct 04. The insider now owns more than $12,416,539 worth of shares. Prior to that, Chief Executive Officer COOK TIMOTHY D went on to Sale 2,386,440 shares at $148.58 each on Aug 25. An amount of $354,568,479 was transacted.

Valuation Metrics

Apple Inc. (AAPL) has a trailing price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of 27.64, which compares with the 23.30 for the broader industry and 36.42 for the sector. This means investors are optimistic about the stock’s future prospects. In the last five years, Apple Inc.’s PE ratio has ranged between 41.80 and 11.69. The stock’s beta is 1.22. Other valuation ratios to consider include the trailing price-to-sales (P/S) ratio at 6.66, the price-to-book (PB) ratio at 36.46, and the price-to-cash flow ratio at 28.77.

Apple Inc. pays a $0.88 dividend per share annually. It offers a dividend yield of 0.62%. The company has a payout ratio of 16.20%. The company’s most recent quarterly dividend payment took place on Aug. 12 , and it was $0.22 a share, without any change from last year. Its dividend has been increased for the last 10 consecutive years with the latest increase dividend $0.0150 reported on Wednesday April 28 2021. Dividends have grown by 31.30% each year over the last three years.

Apple Inc. will next go ex-dividend on 5-Nov-2021. The next dividend payment Apple Inc. will make is expected to be $0.22.

The quick ratio of Apple Inc. for the three months ended June 29 was 1.00, and the current ratio was 1.10, indicating that the company is able to meet its debt obligations. Further, the company has a long term debt to equity ratio of 1.65 and a total debt to equity ratio of 1.89 for the quarter ending June 29. On the profitability front, the trailing 12-month gross margin is 41.00% against a 5-year average of 38.4%. Apple Inc.’s EBITDA margin for the year ending June 29 is 27.87%, while its operating margin for the same period stands at 28.80%. Its gross profit as reported stood at $104.96 billion compared to revenue of $274.51 billion.

For investors, determining the potential profitability of the investment also depends on the performance of the company’s management. In the past 12 months, Apple Inc.’s return on assets was 25.80%, compared to 15.6% over the last five years. In the past year, the return on investment has been 31.70%, and the 5-year average is 24.4%. Meanwhile, the return on equity (ROE) for the past 12 months has been 131.00% and the 5-year average holds at 50.5%. For the broader industry, ROE averaged 3.62 over the past year.

Technical Picture

From a technical analysis perspective, let’s take a brief look at Apple Inc. (AAPL) price momentum. RSI 9-day as of the close on 05 October was 38.04%, suggesting the stock is Neutral, with historical volatility in this time frame at 21.15%.

As of today, AAPL’s price is $141.45 -0.56% or -$0.80 from its 5-day moving average. AAPL is currently trading -9.94% lower than its 20-day SMA and +12.92% higher than its 100-day SMA. However, the stock’s current price level is -5.29% below the SMA50 and +9.64% above the SMA200.

The stochastic %K and %D were 21.31% and 16.27%, respectively, and the average true range (ATR) was 3.13. With the 14-day stochastic at 26.54% and the average true range at 3.02, the RSI (14) stands at 39.64%. The stock has reached -2.17 on the 9-day MACD Oscillator while the 14-day reading was at -2.99.

Analyst Ratings

Cowen reiterated its an Outperform rating on Apple Inc. (NASDAQ: AAPL), but raised their price target to $180, indicating a potential price increase of 27.56% for the stock.The consensus rating for Apple Inc. (AAPL) among analysts is Overweight. According to current brokerage recommendations, 1 brokerage firm advise that investors sell AAPL, while 10 suggest investors hold. There are 1 analyst who rate the stock as underweight. The stock is rated overweight by 5 analysts, while 27 others rate it as a “buy”.

What is AAPL’s price target for the next 12 months?

Analysts predict a range of price targets between $90.00 and $190.00, with a median target of $170.00. Taking a look at these predictions, the average price target given by analysts for Apple Inc. (AAPL) stock is $166.21.


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