Apple Inc. (AAPL) Shares Continue to Drop — When Will The Bleeding Stop?

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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) shares have been on a free fall lately, closing south of a key support area of $109 per share yesterday afternoon. The stock is currently down $0.38 in pre-market trading, sparking many investors to wonder when this trend will stop. Trading at a PE ratio just over 11, and with $200 billion in the bank, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) must now be looked at as a major value play, if nothing else.

With the support at $109 being broken, it’s possible we see shares drop as low as $105, however, anything under that would be a gift to those who truly believe in this innovative company. With earnings growth expected for years to come, Apple seems very undervalued at these prices. The reason for the drop recently seems to stem from various reports coming from Apple suppliers which have indicated lower than expected orders coming in from Apple. Whether this indicates that there will be less iPhones or iPads sold this quarter, we will all have to wait and find out. A positive report in late January could really lead to major gains if the stock stays at these depressed levels.

The stock closed at $108.98 during the last trading session. It is down 15.37% since May 15, 2015 and is downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 13.10%.

From a total of 29 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock, 26 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 3 a “Hold”. This means that 90% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $200 while the lowest target price is $125. The mean of all analyst targets is $149.71 which is 37.37% above today’s ($108.98) stock price. Apple Inc. was the topic of 92 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. UBS maintained shares on December 16 with a “Buy” rating. Mizuho maintained shares with a”Hold” rating and a $125 target share price in their report from an October 28. BMO Capital Markets initiated AAPL stock in a recent report from December 11 with a “Outperform” rating. Oppenheimer maintained the rating on October 28. Oppenheimer has a “Buy” rating and a $125 price target on shares. Finally, Macquarie Research maintained the stock with a “Buy” rating in a report they issued on an October 28.

The institutional sentiment increased to 1.18 in Q2 2015. It’s up 0.22, from 0.96 in 2015Q2. The ratio is positive, as 103 funds sold all their Apple Inc. shares they owned while 854 reduced their positions. 102 funds bought stakes while 1032 increased their total positions. Institutions now own 3.20 billion shares which is 1.58% less than the previous share count of 3.25 billion in 2015Q2.

Compton Capital Management Inc Ri holds 45.15% of its total portfolio in Apple Inc., equating to 113,694 shares. Raiff Partners Inc owns 100,000 shares representing 32.27% of their total US portfolio. Moreover, Rfg Advisory Group Llc has 25.06% of their total portfolio invested in the company, equating to 70,558 shares. The New York-based Independent Investors Inc has a total of 23.66% of their portfolio invested in the stock. Dock Street Asset Management Inc, a Connecticut-based fund reported 269,584 shares owned.

Since March 6, 2015, the stock had 0 buys, and 8 insider sales for a total of $20.59 million in net activity. Maestri Luca sold 2,908 shares worth $325,347. Williams Jeffrey E sold 46,873 shares worth $5.18 million. Riccio Daniel J. sold 24,085 shares worth $3.01 million. Ahrendts Angela J sold 44,789 shares worth $5.90M. The insider Levinson Arthur D sold 70,000 shares worth $9.20 million.

Apple Inc. designs, manufactures and markets mobile communication and media devices, personal computers, and portable digital music players, and a variety of related software, services, peripherals, networking solutions, and third-party digital content and applications. The company has a market cap of $620.76 billion. The Company’s services and products include iPhone, iPad, Mac, iPod, Apple TV, a portfolio of consumer and professional software applications, the iOS and OS X operating systems, iCloud, and a variety of accessory, service and support offerings. It has 11.85 P/E ratio. The Firm also delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App StoreSM, iBookstoreSM, and Mac App Store.

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