Apple’s Stock Price on the Move Despite the Unexciting Recent Earnings Report

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Apple Inc. (AAPL) doesn’t seem to know the meaning of down.

Since finding support around $137.50 in October, the $2.87 trillion tech giant’s stock exploded to a high of $174.59—and according to Morgan Stanley analyst, Katy Huberty there’s further upside ahead. In fact, Huberty believes Apple could race to $200 a share, and become a massive $3 trillion stock, near-term.

Apple Logo on Store in New York City

She bases her prediction on the idea that new Apple products, such as augmented reality and a self-driving car haven’t been priced into the stock, writing in a note to investors: “Today, we know that Apple is working on products to address two significantly large markets—AR/VR and Autonomous Vehicles—and as we get closer to these products becoming a reality, we believe valuation would need to reflect the optionality of these future opportunities.”

At the same time, investors are shrugging off the idea that iPhone 13 demand is weakening.

In fact, The Fly notes that Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives has a set near-term price target of $200, and adds that Ives believes AAPL could be a $3 trillion stock. As The Fly’s summary of Ives’ recent research note to investors explains: “Apple is now on course to sell north of 40M iPhones during the holiday season, despite the chip shortage headwinds.”

Chart showing current and historical price of APPL stock.

While recent earnings weren’t as hot as expected, it’s not slowing AAPL stock.

In its fourth quarter, Apple revenue fell short of expectations, which CEO Tim Cook blamed on supply issues with iPhones, iPads, and on its Mac computers.

Fourth-quarter earnings per share (EPS) of $1.24 matched estimates; however, revenue of $83.36 billion missed expectations for $84.85 billion. Still, this number was up 29% year over year. Revenue generated just from iPhone sales was $38.87 billion for the quarter, as compared to estimates at $41.51 billion—but was up 47% year over year. Mac revenue came in at $9.18 billion, which missed estimates for $9.33 billion, but was still up 11.5% year over year. The only number to beat expectations came from iPad revenue, which reached $8.25 billion, compared to forecasts for $7.23 billion. Revenue from iPad sales was also up 21.4% year over year.

While recent earnings were nothing to write home about, markets still love the Apple stock.

Remember, two analysts say this could be a $200 stock, with a $3 trillion valuation, near-term. That’s a lot to like right there.

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