Analyst: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s Sales to Hit 6M on Launch Weekend

9:41 AM, Sep. 19th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Thanks to limited inventory, Apple will likely sell between 5 million and 6 million iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s models combined during their first weekend of availability. Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster expects that number could higher, but constraints on iPhone 5s inventory will limit just how much the company can sell.

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If Apple's iPhone 5 inventory is extremely low and sells out during launch weekend the company can say demand is high, but if units are still available come next Monday it's a safe bet the media will rake the company over the coals regardless of how high or low inventory levels were.

Analysts Raise Concerns over iPhone 5s Touch ID Sensor Supplies

11:21 AM, Sep. 16th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Touch ID, the built-in fingerprint technology in Apple's new iPhone 5s, is causing production problems and will limit availability on its September 20 launch day, according to analysts. Both Brian White from Cantor, and Peter Misek from Jefferies both say they're hearing the sensor yield is below expectations, limiting just how many iPhone 5s units Apple can build.

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Apple hasn't said if iPhone 5s numbers are limited, but without a preorder option it seems fairly likely. The new fingerprint sensor looks like a reasonable culprit for the problem, too.

Canaccord Raises AAPL Target on iPhone 5s Expectations

11:34 AM, Sep. 11th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Following the introduction of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, Canaccord Genuity analyst Michael Walkley raised his target price for Apple's stock from US$530 up to $550. Mr. Walkley thinks Apple's aggressive rollout plans, plus the strong feature set on the iPhone 5s will drive up revenue during the holiday buying season.

Cantor Fitzgerald Now Tracking AAPL with $777 Target

9:50 AM, Sep. 4th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Financial analysis firm Cantor Fitzgerald started covering Apple's stock on Wednesday with Brian White, formerly of Topeka Capital, and his initial target price for the iPhone and iPad maker's stock is US$777.

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Cantor Fitzgerald's Brian White doesn't see a problem with Apple's innovation cycle; he sees a problem with expectations.

UBS Bumps AAPL Stock Target Up to $560 on iPhone 5C Rumors

9:18 AM, Aug. 22nd, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

With Apple's stock topping the US$500 mark, and the prospect of the all-but-announced iPhone 5C, UBS analyst Steven Milunovich raised his target price from $500 up to $560. Photos and videos of the lower priced iPhone model have been circulating on the Internet, and he sees that as a big money maker for the Cupertino-based company.

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Assuming Apple does introduce the iPhone 5C in September -- and at this point that looks like a sure thing -- then iPhone sales should jump up, just like Mr. Milunovich expects. That's good news for Apple, investors, and consumers that want iPhones but have been eying lower priced Android smartphones.

Post-Icahn Glow and iPhone Rumors Push $AAPL to 8-Month High of $507.74

7:19 PM, Aug. 19th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

12-Month Apple Chart

Shares of Apple Inc. closed at an eight-month high on Monday, ending the day at US$507.74, a gain of $5.41 (+1.08 percent), on strong volume of 18.2 million shares trading hands. The stock has been buoyed by a mix of rumors and high-profile activist investor Carl Icahn's public declaration of taking a stake in Apple.

RBC Raises AAPL Target to $525 on Prospect of New iPhones

10:30 AM, Aug. 15th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

RBC Capital analyst Amit Daryanani raised his target price for Apple's stock on Thursday from US$475 to $525 based on the likelihood that new iPhone models will ship in September and that the company may expand its stock buyback program, too. Apple hasn't officially confirmed new iPhones are coming next month, but reliable sources have said that an iPhone-related media event will be held on September 10.

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Rumors and speculation driving Apple's stock value. Same as it ever was.

Analyst: Get Ready for 3 iPhone Models

10:01 AM, Aug. 13th, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Apple hasn't officially announced an iPhone media event for September 10, but AllThingsD and The Loop are both saying it'll happen, and Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster thinks we'll see the introduction of two new iPhone models with a third to follow in the first half of 2014.

Analyst: AAPL Raked in 53% of Smartphone Market Profits

1:18 PM, Jul. 31st, 2013 · · Apple Stock Watch

Apple's iPhone brought in 53 percent of the profits in the worldwide smartphone market during the second calendar quarter of 2013. Samsung swallowed almost all of the rest of the market's profits, too, show that right now the smartphone market is a two horse race.