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Banc of America Downgrades Apple, Raises Target

Banc of America Downgrades Apple, Raises Target

by , 10:15 AM EST, December 14th, 2005

Banc of America, much like Bear Stearns, is concerned about Apple's valuation, according to MarketWatch. The investment firm is changing its rating from buy to neutral. Analyst Keith Bachman thinks the reward vs. risk profile for Apple is now more balanced after the stock's rise, coupled with concern over long-term iPod sales and operating margin expectations by investors.

Overall, Mr. Bachman feels Apple's processing unit business is tracking well, commenting "We believe Apple's fundamentals are strong."

Despite concerns over valuation, Mr. Bachman raised his target price for Apple from US$52 to $76.

Apple's stock is trading down from its closing high of $74.98 on Tuesday. Currently, it is at $72.84, down 2.14 (2.85%)

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