Analysts Bullish on Record-Breaking AAPL, no “Sell” Ratings

Apple Breaks New Records: How It Reached a $3 Trillion Valuation

Apple’s shares have risen more than 20% in 2023, reaching a record high of $190.74 on June 30, 2023. The company’s market value is now above $3 trillion, making it the first company to achieve this feat. Apple is also the first company to cross the $2 trillion mark, which it achieved in August 2020. Apple’s valuation and growth are impressive compared to other big tech companies, such as Microsoft, Amazon, Alphabet, and Facebook. These companies have also performed well in 2023, but none of them have reached the $2 trillion mark yet. Microsoft is the closest with a market value of $1.9 trillion, followed by Amazon with $1.7 trillion, Alphabet with $1.6 trillion, and Facebook with $0.9 trillion.

A Profitable and Innovative Leader in the Tech Industry

Apple is a strong and profitable company that has a loyal customer base, a diversified revenue stream, an innovation capability, and an ecosystem of devices and software. The company has a trailing 12-month net income of $86.8 billion, which is more than the combined net income of Nvidia, Tesla, Meta Platforms, and Microsoft ($85.4 billion). The company also has a trailing 12-month return on equity of 133%, which is higher than any of its peers. The stock has a 52-week range of $124.17 to $193.15, and a market capitalization of $3.028 trillion. The stock has a trailing 12-month earnings per share (EPS) of $5.90, a price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 32.71, and a dividend yield of 0.52%. The stock has a beta of 1.29, which indicates that it is more volatile than the market.

The company has a trailing 12-month price-to-earnings ratio (P/E) of 32.08 and a forward P/E of 28.33. The company also has an enterprise value-to-sales ratio of 7.76 and an enterprise value-to-EBITDA ratio of 23.60. These ratios indicate that the company is highly valued given its size and profitability.

How Apple attains its excellence

Apple’s growth has been driven by strong demand for its products and services, especially the iPhone 12, which supports 5G networks and has boosted sales in China and other markets. Apple also benefits from its loyal customer base, its diversified revenue streams, its innovation capabilities, and its ecosystem of devices and software.

Apple is expected to launch new products and services in the second half of 2023. These products could further boost Apple’s sales and earnings, as well as its stock price and valuation.

Analysts Bullish on Apple Stock

Apple has a strong consensus rating of Strong Buy, supported by 24 buy ratings and 7 hold ratings, with no sell ratings. The average price target for Apple is $191.96, according to 31 Wall Street analysts’ 12-month forecasts issued in the past 3 months. 

Citi analyst Atif Malik recently initiated coverage of AAPL with a Buy rating and a price objective of $240, indicating a potential upside of 26.6% from the current levels. Malik is optimistic about Apple’s expanding gross margins, its ability to navigate through challenging macro conditions and inflation, and its success in gaining market share over Android competitors. The focus on selling premium models and designing cellular chips in-house is expected to improve margins. Wedbush analyst Daniel Ives also maintains a Buy rating on Apple with a price target of $220, suggesting a potential upside of 16%.

Challenges faced by Apple

However, Apple faces some challenges and risks, such as the global chip shortage, regulatory scrutiny, antitrust lawsuits, competition from rivals, and the potential slowdown in consumer spending. However, analysts and investors remain optimistic about Apple’s prospects, as the company has a track record of overcoming obstacles and delivering value to its shareholders.

Bottom line

Apple is the first company to reach a $3 trillion market capitalization as it continues to innovate and dominate the tech industry. Apple’s valuation is justified by its performance and potential, as well as by its loyal customers and investors.

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