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May 30, 2014
13:06 EDTCHL, CHA, AAPLApple seen adding carriers, facing headwinds from Chinese rules
Three research firms issued notes on Apple (AAPL) today, with Wells Fargo reporting that more carriers are selling the company's iPhone and Goldman Sachs raising its price target on the tech giant. UBS, however, wrote that initiatives in China could slow the company's momentum there. WHAT'S NEW: The number of carriers that offer Apple's iPhone has been steadily increasing, with seven new carriers adding the device since April, Wells Fargo wrote. Apple appears to have been more aggressively looking to add new carriers in the last six months, the firm added. This development could help Apple sell more iPhones this year, added Wells, which increased its price target range on Apple to $595-$640 from $515-$585. However, the firm thinks the stock's potential gains may be limited and its multiple may decline beyond 2014 if the company doesn't deliver on heightened investor expectations. Wells kept a Sector Perform rating on the name. Goldman Sachs increased its price target on Apple to $720 from $635, saying it believes that the company's software enhancements in mobile payments, personal health monitors, and home products will enable it to sell more devices over time. The firm now has greater confidence that these software enhancements will drive robust cash flow and it kept a Buy rating on the shares. New developments in China could hinder Apple's growth there, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich warned. Specifically, a regulator is urging the country's three major telecom companies to reduce their marketing and sales costs and is also looking to form a company to manage mobile base stations. These developments could slow the pace of the roll-out of LTE technology in China, potentially negatively impacting iPhone sales, the analyst contended. Meanwhile, any reduction in marketing budgets could impact cell phone subsidies, warned the analyst. Mobile carriers China Telecom (CHA) and China Mobile (CHL) both subsidize sales of iPhone in China. Despite his warning, Milunovich kept a $700 price target and Buy rating on Apple. PRICE ACTION: In afternoon trading, Apple shares were virtually unchanged near $635.
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February 15, 2015
16:44 EDTAAPLApple Watch could increase revenue by 10% next year, Barron's says
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07:47 EDTAAPLHope of car positive for Apple shares, says Piper Jaffray
Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster said in a note to investors yesterday that the potential for a car gives investors something to look at as "the next big thing" for Apple. Munster believes the Wall Street Journal's report that Apple is building an electric car will help support the stock over the next six months. He believes it is unlikely that the company launches anything in the next five years, however. Munster reiterated an Overweight rating on Apple with a $160 price target. The stock closed Friday up 62c to $127.08.
07:46 EDTAAPLApple working on minivan-like electric vehicle, WSJ reports
Apple has "several hundred" employees working secretly toward creating an Apple-branded electric vehicle, Wall Street Journal reported yesterday, citing people familiar with the matter. The project is known internally as "Titan" and has a design that resembles a minivan, the Journal added. The Financial Times reported yesterday that the iPhone maker is recruiting experts in automotive technology and vehicle design. Reference Link
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