UBS raised Apple(AAPL:NSD) to $166 from $155 on the stock

STA Research
by: STA Research

UBS Securities analyst David Vogt maintained the Buy rating on Apple and raised the target to $166 from $155 on the stock.   Vogt expects iPhone sales to increase 12% year over year to 85 million in the second half of the year, driven by the launch of the next phone in September.
UBS also raised their revenue and earnings estimates for  $1.01 a share of profit on $74.7 billion of revenue, up from the previous view of 95 cents a share on $71.3 billion of revenue.

Stocktargetadvisor has a average target of $37.50 and a consensus Hold rating on the stock.

STA Research’s analysis of the stock is Slightly Bullish with a score of 6.3 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.
Low volatility
The stock’s annual returns have been stable and consistent compared to its sector peers(for a hold period of at least 12 months) and is in the top quartile. Although
stability is good, also keep in mind it can limit returns.
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.
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 earnings
The stock is trading high compared to its peers on a price to earning basis and is above the sector median.
Overpriced compared to book value
The stock is trading high compared to its peers median on a price to book value basis.
Overpriced on cash flow 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. 

 

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