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AAPL to $500?


By Vicente   Follow   Fri, 6 Jan 2012, 6:16am PST   21,469 views   217 comments
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Starting my New Year with a nice bump on the AAPL I picked up last year.

Consensus on AAPL to $500? It's testing 52-week high.

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zzyzzx   Wed, 23 Jan 2013, 10:47pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 138

452.33/sh Down 61.68(12.00%) 9:43AM EST - Nasdaq Real Time Price

thunderlips11   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 2:34am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 139

SFace says

I don't think it has anything to do with components as Apple can outsource that plus these arrangements are long term that benefits both sides.

They already outsource: iPhone chips are made by Samsung. There is no ready substitute if Samsung has issues, or decides to prioritize their Galaxies over supply Apple.

Many components of the iPhone are other companies' proprietary IP and not readily substituted.

SFace says

The must have Apple is now nice to have. Also, with a closer replacement cycle, I think consumers stopped buying the most expensive ripoff version of the Ipad/Iphone (32GB vs. 16GB anyone) which are all profits.

Yes, right on.SFace says

Apple may have topped out at 40B - 50B in earnings. I don't how much more Iphone/Ipad they can sell in the future and not eat into their owns sales/profits. Consumers are already not buying as many macs and Ipods.

Really, the worst factor is finding another hit. I don't know where's the next ipod, next Iphone, next Ipad is.

I agree. How many more rabbits can they pull out of a hat? They had some big hits in a short time, but can they keep it up? It's hard to keep topping yourself when you're at the top of the heap.

thunderlips11   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 3:28am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 140

SFace says

Apple designed the A5 or whatever, Samsung Manufactures them. When you go into a contract to manufacturer chips, they are structured long term with tremendous exit costs with cost certainity. In the case of Apple and Samsung, probably in the billions.

Apple did NOT design the entire A4 or A5. The architecture of the 'system on a chip' is licensed from ARM Holdings. The Design of the chip itself is a collaberation with Samsung, based on requirements by Apple; additional functionalities are licensed from other firms like Audience.

The A6 is the first chip by Apple where Samsung didn't play a development role.

This is really telling, because Apple is starting to turn away from Samsung and stop letting it's #1 competitor make it's chips. This is an indicator that there is either margin pressure or some other force at work making Apple move away to other manufacturers.

RentingForHalfTheCost   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 3:31am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 141

BoomAndBustCycle says

RentingForHalfTheCost says

Now who is going to buy all the run down 1200sqft shacks in Cupertino? We just lots a boat load of greater fools in one quarterly report. Doh

yeah, $13 billion in profits in 12 weeks... Apple is really slacking.. only earning $6.5 MILLION an hour is gonna put them out of business real soon.

How much did Amazon earn in profits last quarter.. how bout Netflix?

Apple as a company is fine. It is just realizing that at 500B (now 400B) market cap, it really suffers like all those before it. Remember when Cisco hit 500B. Same story here.

I was more referring to all the Apple workers that are distorting the real-estate market in Cupertino because of the over-inflated Apple stock. At $700/sh, you can be sure there are more millionaires than at $450/sh. The trouble when people get access to large amounts of money quickly, is they don't respect what it says. Hence, everyone overpays for a sugar shack. Good luck to all the sugar shack owners out there. ;)

Kevin   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 6:36am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 142

Apple only employs about 30000 people in Cupertino. Most don't live there. They don't exist in a vacuum.

BoomAndBustCycle   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 6:37am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 143

AT&T has released its holiday quarter earnings data, reporting that it sold a record 10.2 million smartphones -- 8.6 million of those (84%) being iPhones. AT&T reported earlier this month that the quarter was its best ever for iPhone sales. 16% of the iPhones were on accounts new to the company.

During the same holiday quarter, Verizon activated 6.2 million iPhones, some two-thirds of its total smartphone sale. AT&T's previous best quarter was 2011's fourth quarter, when it activated a total of 9.4 million smartphones and 7.6 million iPhones -- an 80% share for the Apple device.

On Twitter, Apple watcher Sammy the Walrus calculated that 74% of smartphones sold by AT&T and Verizon were iPhones, giving the device an "iPod-like share".
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So on the two largest telcos in the U.S... 74% of all phones sold are IPHONES.. and Wall Street panic sells?

curious2   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 7:04am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 144

BoomAndBustCycle says

So on the two largest telcos in the U.S... 74% of all phones sold are IPHONES.. and Wall Street panic sells?

They might be worried about the history of Nokia repeating itself. Trees don't grow to the sky. OTOH, if I had to bet on AAPL (P/E=10) or FB (PE=289), I'd bet AAPL.

RentingForHalfTheCost   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 8:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 145

Kevin says

Apple only employs about 30000 people in Cupertino. Most don't live there. They don't exist in a vacuum.

I never said they did. What I was insinuating was that Apple's stock has given many employees the ability to pay double or more than they should for a sugar shack in Cupertino. With this latest drop you can be sure the real estate market will suffer in that area. Back to reality sucks.

zzyzzx   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 8:52am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 146

After Hours : 448.53 1.97 (0.44%) 7:46PM EST - Nasdaq Real Time Pric

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/samsung-posts-record-profit-000031770.html

Samsung posts record profit; will not reduce spending

SEOUL (Reuters) - Samsung Electronics Co reported a record quarterly profit of $8.3 billion and kept its 2013 investment plans at the previous year's level, defying expectations that it may reduce spending amid weaker demand for computer chips.

The South Korean firm said October-December operating profit increased 89 percent from a year ago to 8.84 trillion korean won ($8.3 billion), in line with its earlier estimate.

In a statement on Friday, Samsung said it would keep 2013 investment at a similar level to 2012, despite a bleak PC outlook and a move by rival Apple Inc to diversify its supplier base.

Kevin   Thu, 24 Jan 2013, 2:37pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 147

BoomAndBustCycle says

So on the two largest telcos in the U.S... 74% of all phones sold are IPHONES.. and Wall Street panic sells?

If only the two largest US carriers were the entire smartphone market. Or even the entire US market. Or even the majority of the US market...

Investors are making bets. They're betting that Apple's growth isn't sustainable. It's pretty simple, actually.

RentingForHalfTheCost says

Kevin says

Apple only employs about 30000 people in Cupertino. Most don't live there. They don't exist in a vacuum.

I never said they did. What I was insinuating was that Apple's stock has given many employees the ability to pay double or more than they should for a sugar shack in Cupertino. With this latest drop you can be sure the real estate market will suffer in that area. Back to reality sucks.

Kinda depends on where the investors take their money. Most of what has been taken out of Apple has been added to Google, Facebook, and other tech companies.

Apple isn't the only game in town, or even the largest employer. Rank and file employees don't get enough RSUs to be buying million dollar houses. The overall impact will be insignificant, just like the uptick from the round of IPOs over the last couple years was insignificant.

BoomAndBustCycle   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 3:54am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 148

Kevin says

If only the two largest US carriers were the entire smartphone market. Or even the entire US market. Or even the majority of the US market...

Investors are making bets. They're betting that Apple's growth isn't sustainable. It's pretty simple, actually.

it is the majority of the US market...

Verizon 31.3% and AT&T 26.6%... In what Universe is 58% not a majority?

Sprint is desperate to sell IPHONES because they bought so many up front from Apple. They sold 1.8 million last quarter...

Once Apple FINALLY cuts a deal with China Mobile.. The stock will pop 40-50 a share the day of the announcement.. or in the lead up to the imminent announcement.

thunderlips11   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 4:05am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 149

Kevin says

BoomAndBustCycle says

So on the two largest telcos in the U.S... 74% of all phones sold are IPHONES.. and Wall Street panic sells?

If only the two largest US carriers were the entire smartphone market. Or even the entire US market. Or even the majority of the US market...

Investors are making bets. They're betting that Apple's growth isn't sustainable. It's pretty simple, actually.

Android phones are far and away the dominant phone OS.

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/11/01/android-grabs-75-0-market-share-in-q3-followed-by-14-9-for-ios-and-4-3-for-blackberry/

curious2   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 4:07am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 150

BoomAndBustCycle says

Once Apple FINALLY cuts a deal with China Mobile.

Why would China Mobile agree to overpay for a phone that they know perfectly well any 10-year-old can make?

BoomAndBustCycle   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 5:09am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 151

thunderlips11 says

Android phones are far and away the dominant phone OS.

http://thenextweb.com/mobile/2012/11/01/android-grabs-75-0-market-share-in-q3-followed-by-14-9-for-ios-and-4-3-for-blackberry/

So which is it.. Android is too big to grow anymore? Or Apple is too big to grow anymore.. these numbers all contradict.

BoomAndBustCycle   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 5:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 152

curious2 says

Why would China Mobile agree to overpay for a phone that they know perfectly well any 10-year-old can make?

Apple only needs to get the same deal that Samsung Galaxy has over at China Mobile... If they are both subsidized equally you can let the consumers decide... if Apple's IPHONE is worth a little extra cash.

zzyzzx   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 9:29am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 153

439.88/sh -10.62(2.36%) 4:00PM

Kevin   Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 10:15am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 154

BoomAndBustCycle says

Kevin says

If only the two largest US carriers were the entire smartphone market. Or even the entire US market. Or even the majority of the US market...

Investors are making bets. They're betting that Apple's growth isn't sustainable. It's pretty simple, actually.

it is the majority of the US market...

Verizon 31.3% and AT&T 26.6%... In what Universe is 58% not a majority?

Sprint is desperate to sell IPHONES because they bought so many up front from Apple. They sold 1.8 million last quarter...

Once Apple FINALLY cuts a deal with China Mobile.. The stock will pop 40-50 a share the day of the announcement.. or in the lead up to the imminent announcement.

Those are percentages of post paid (contract) customers. Posy paid is only half of the market.

Quick, what's 58% of half of the market?

BoomAndBustCycle   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 9:33am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 155

Kevin says

Those are percentages of post paid (contract) customers. Posy paid is only half of the market.

Quick, what's 58% of half of the market?

Apple is priced as if it will only experience 2% year over year growth forever... I'd be first to agree $700 a share Apple was risky in the short term.. and deserved a pullback.

But it's current price is definitely blood in the streets fear-driven and overselling.

Kevin   Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 4:31pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 156

BoomAndBustCycle says

Kevin says

Those are percentages of post paid (contract) customers. Posy paid is only half of the market.

Quick, what's 58% of half of the market?

Apple is priced as if it will only experience 2% year over year growth forever... I'd be first to agree $700 a share Apple was risky in the short term.. and deserved a pullback.

But it's current price is definitely blood in the streets fear-driven and overselling.

Perhaps. The question is, what happens next? If you believe that Apple's fundamentals and future are sound, and that investors are just being short sighted and will eventually come around, by all means buy.

Just remember that there are plenty of companies doing very well that have had a stagnant stock price for a very long time.

I don't buy individual stocks unless they pay a dividend for just this reason. You're betting on perception.

bmwman91   Sun, 27 Jan 2013, 8:33pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 157

Holy shit am I glad that I am too much of a pussy to actually gamble on options. My friend that gave me that "hot tip" is going to get razzed next time we go grab beers!

Apple is not going anywhere. They are a long way off from becoming Microsoft per Kevin's earlier description, which sadly bears quite a bit of truth. Even if they did...well, MSFT is still alive. They (AAPL) make high quality hardware and their corporate culture still attracts top type-A talent, which will probably mean that they continue churning out top quality stuff. Popular sentiment toward them is shifting a little, but they still have legions of die-hard fans and brand-whore minions. Their margins are unreal for high volume consumer gadgetry, so if they ever did need to engage in a pricing battle, they have a LOT of room. I have no idea where their stock price is going, but they will remain highly profitable for quite some time I am sure.

It does seem that their stock price was blown up on expectations of unsustainable growth levels, even with their super conservative P/E. Maybe the price will keep going down, maybe it will go way up, maybe it will level off. It is hard to say since it is dependent on fickle consumer behavior and reactionary retail investors. Either way, I see Apple being consistently profitable for the near- to mid-term future.

zzyzzx   Sun, 27 Jan 2013, 10:21pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 158

$437.64/sh Down 2.24 (0.51%) 9:16AM EST - Nasdaq Real Time Price

david1   Sun, 27 Jan 2013, 10:36pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 159

Long AAPL @ $455. The P/E is 10 and dividend yield is over 2.3%.

The Cash value is $150 a share for Christ's sake.

What's going to happen, the P/E is going to 8?

Or 5?

Find any company with a cash value 35% of it share price that has a P/E of 10.

CaptainShuddup   Sun, 27 Jan 2013, 11:43pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 160

iPhone losing luster in Asia's trend-setting cities

http://biz.thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2013/1/28/business/20130128080557&sec=business

In Hong Kong, devices running Apple's iOS now account for about 30 percent of the total, down from about 45 percent a year ago. Android accounts for nearly two-thirds.

Facebooksux   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 12:29am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 161

Here's a really interesting article about what Apple does with its CASH MONEYS...

http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2013-01-27/600-billion-trades-four-years-how-apple-puts-even-most-aggressive-hedge-funds-shame

Facebooksux   Mon, 28 Jan 2013, 12:30am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 162

david1 says

The Cash value is $150 a share for Christ's sake.

No it's not. Read the article above.

zzyzzx   Fri, 1 Feb 2013, 12:31am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 163

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/anlaysis-funds-saw-apples-decline-174717417.html

Analysis: The funds that saw Apple's decline coming

Whether it was a case of simple risk management, concerns that the company's share price had peaked, or a bit of luck, fund managers who drained Apple from their portfolios helped drive down the price of the stock. As a result of their early shift in sentiment, they appear quite prescient now.

Denver-based fund manager Tom Marsico sold his firm's entire stake in the company between November and January - most of it in November before things got really ugly. At about $2 billion of the firm's $31 billion in assets under management, the Apple stake made up between 6 to 8 percent of the domestic portfolios at the time he began selling.

His concern: that the company had saturated the market with its products so much that there was "no one left to sell to."

Marsico, the Denver-based manager, began selling his position in the company when it traded at around $650 per share out of concern that its years of phenomenal growth were over.

"We didn't see another major category that would provide the opportunity that the iPhone has had for the company," he said.

The company's strong lineup of current products didn't entice him to stay invested. "They've talked about the fact that they have the best products they've ever had. But I remember you could say the same thing about Sony 20 years ago," he said.

Some managers trimmed their overweight positions, but were held back from selling more because of the company's massive pile of cash. Daniel Rosenblatt, a portfolio manager of the $639 million Neuberger Berman Large Cap Disciplined Growth fund, began trimming his position in Apple by approximately 10 percent, from 8.1 percent of assets to 7.2 percent of assets, as the company approached its high. The company, which had been among the fund's largest positions since 2004, was "clearly in a deceleration mode", Rosenblatt said.

He was most troubled by surveys that showed that even die-hard Apple fans were more open to using rivals' products. "When a product loses a certain amount of cool, its pricing power falls," he said. Yet he won't short the stock or sell more because the company's large cash position, which makes up about a third of its market value, "could change the dynamics of the stock price overnight" via a big buy-back or acquisition, he said.

bmwman91   Thu, 7 Feb 2013, 6:03am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 164

So, there's a potential game-changer coming for AAPL stock prices. Greenlight Capital is filing a suit against Apple for not doing enough to pump its share price, and apparently Apple is considering letting shareholders vote themselves into juicy shares of dividend-paying preferred stock. What will happen next is anyone's guess. Basically, they are under fire now to pump the shit out of their stock to appease shareholders, more so then ever. Time to make some popcorn...

zzyzzx   Tue, 12 Feb 2013, 10:11pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 165

tr6   Wed, 13 Feb 2013, 8:19am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (2)   Dislike     Comment 166

The biggest wildcard is the compression of margins. I just bought an iPad mini and Google Nexus 7. For many people it's becoming harder to justify to pay for a bigger iPad with more memory when you can get pretty much the same thing cheaper.

zzyzzx   Fri, 1 Mar 2013, 4:26am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 167

AAPL down to $431.67/sh

Reality   Fri, 1 Mar 2013, 4:52am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 168

The stock may be due for a bounce soon, but after that don't be surprise to see the stock reaching close to $200/share within a year's time or so.

I loved what Jobs did, but the stock is broken after what the hedge funds did to it in 2012 above the 460+ island ramp job to $700.

Kevin   Sat, 2 Mar 2013, 2:30pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 169

People spend billions on watches because a $10000 watch is a high end piece of jewelry. A $200-300 watch will never fit that category. You can't brag about the techie equivalent of a Timex.

Smart watches could be interesting, but it'll take a really killer app to make them shine.

bmwman91   Sun, 3 Mar 2013, 7:03am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 170

http://getpebble.com/

Honest to god, this is a vastly superior product to what it sounds like Apple is making. Who the FUCK wants to charge their goddamn watch every day?! Surf the web on a 1" screen? Riiiiight. I am not saying that there won't be some amazing technology baked into an incredibly small package by Apple's iWatch, but it seems like a completely impractical gimmick.

MsBennet   Sun, 3 Mar 2013, 2:35pm PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 171

I was thinking about a month ago while driving down the freeway, what is Apple going to come up with next. First was the iPad, then the mini, and I thought what next. A computer watch?

I swear to God. It's true.

At that same time my next thought was the watch could project the display on a flat surface to enlarge it. Now, that will be weird if it comes true. You heard it here first. You are all my witnesses.

zzyzzx   Mon, 4 Mar 2013, 12:50am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like (1)   Dislike     Comment 172

MsBennet says

At that same time my next thought was the watch could project the display on a flat surface to enlarge it. Now, that will be weird if it comes true. You heard it here first. You are all my witnesses.

I'm pretty sure I have seen stuff like this on TV, maybe sci-fi, but I am not sure. Would then see people watching their porn on walls in public places then.

zzyzzx   Mon, 4 Mar 2013, 2:10am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 173

Down to $422.91/sh

Graybox   Mon, 4 Mar 2013, 2:28am PST   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 174

Going to 350/sh (odds?)

evilmonkeyboy   Wed, 27 Mar 2013, 11:22am PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 175

bmwman91 says

Honest to god, this is a vastly superior product to what it sounds like Apple is making. Who the FUCK wants to charge their goddamn watch every day?! Surf the web on a 1" screen? Riiiiight. I am not saying that there won't be some amazing technology baked into an incredibly small package by Apple's iWatch, but it seems like a completely impractical gimmick.

I have to agree, I can not think of a scenario where I would buy a "smart watch".

zzyzzx   Wed, 27 Mar 2013, 12:00pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike (1)     Comment 176

evilmonkeyboy says

I have to agree, I can not think of a scenario where I would buy a "smart watch".

If the watch can project an image onto a wall for you to see, then maybe, but then other people would be hanging around to watch your porn.

Bellingham Bill   Wed, 27 Mar 2013, 12:23pm PDT   Share   Quote   Permalink   Like   Dislike     Comment 177

evilmonkeyboy says

I have to agree, I can not think of a scenario where I would buy a "smart watch".

not some clunky-ass block of metal, no.

But back in the 1980s I had this really cool Armitron digital watch:

the cool thing about it was that it was REALLY thin, not much thicker than the band.

I'd love to have a smartwatch that talked to my other iOS and OS X devices via bluetooth.

My bud has a Leaf and its key fob is pretty cool (just put the fob in your pocket and you don't need a key for the car), I could see the watch getting that functionality too.

If I were to design the smartwatch, it'd be about as small and thin as possible, so I don't see a platform for 3rd party apps all that much, since the display would be too small for touch input.

Shouldn't cost too much, either.

One thing Apple could do is move the watch industry beyond 7 seg LCD technology, LOL

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven-segment_display

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