Apple(AAPL:NSD) RBC boosts target on valuation

STA Research
by: STA Research

RBC’s analyst, Robert Muller increased the target on Apple to $390 from $345, a 13 percent increase. Muller maintained his Outperform rating on the stock.

Muller believes that the market is not properly assessing Apple’s earnings growth over the next year.  He believes that if Apple sustains it’s annual 70 billion stock repurchase, it will add 4 percent to growth alone. Muller states “What this implies, to us, is that the potential uplift from the upcoming 5G upgrade cycle is being discounted by the market…”

STA Research(stocktargetadvisor) has a average target of $323 on the stock, and a consensus Strong Buy rating. STA’s view of the stock is Bullish with a score of 7.1 out of 10, where 0 is very bearish and 10 very bullish.

What to like:
High market capitalization
This is one of the largest entities in its sector and is among the top quartile. Such companies tend to be more stable.
Superior risk adjusted returns
This stock has performed well, on a risk adjusted basis, compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
Superior total returns
The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual total returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile.
High dividend returns
The stock has outperformed its sector peers on average annual dividend returns basis in the past 5 years (for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top
quartile. This can be a good buy, especially if it is outperforming on total return basis , for investors seeking high income yields.
Superior return on equity
The company management has delivered better return on equity in the most recent 4 quarters then its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Superior capital utilization
The company management has delivered better return on invested capital in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Superior return on assets
The company management has delivered better return on assets in the most recent 4 quarters than its peers, placing it in the top quartile.
Positive cash flow
The company had positive total cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Positive free cash flow
The company had positive total free cash flow in the most recent four quarters.
Superior Dividend Growth
This stock has shown top quartile dividend growth in the previous 5 years compared to its sector

What to not like:
Overpriced compared to book value
The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.
Overpriced on cashflow basis
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.
Highly leveraged
The company is in the bottom half compared to its sector peers on debt to equity and is highly leveraged. However, do check the news and look at its sector and management statements. Sometimes this is high because the company is trying to grow aggressively.
Overpriced on free cash flow basis
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to free cash flow basis. It is priced above the median for its sectors. Proceed with caution if you are considering to buy.

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