While shares of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) have plunged over the last several weeks on worries that iPhone growth is leveling off, it may be aother product that carries the company forward in the months and years ahead. Although the Apple Watch is not raking in profits for the company in comparison to the iPhone, the future of the device looks bright as Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) dominates the smartwatch market in the early going.
Now, new reports that the Apple Watch 2 may be about to enter trial production with Quanta within weeks, has some analysts excited. While we don’t yet know what changes will be made in the second version of the Apple Watch, it’s safe to say that many improvements will be rolled out, which should set the device well ahead of the competition. Trial production also means that the Watch may be ready for launch within a matter of a few months if everything goes well.
The stock is down 1.61% or $1.61 following the news, hitting $98.35 per share. Approximately 41.13M shares traded hands. AAPL shares have declined 21.55% since June 9, 2015 and are currently downtrending. It has underperformed the S&P500 by 14.07%.
From a total of 31 analysts covering Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) stock, 27 rate it a “Buy”, 0 a “Sell”, and 4 a “Hold”. This means that 87% of the ratings are positive. The highest target price is $200 while the lowest target price is $102. The mean of all analyst targets is $143.40 which is 45.81% above today’s ($98.35) stock price. Apple Inc. was the topic of 104 analyst reports since July 21, 2015 according to the firm StockzIntelligence Inc. Deutsche Bank maintained shares on January 11 with a “Hold” rating. Stifel Nicolaus maintained shares with a”Buy” rating and a $140 target share price in their report from a December 23. Mizuho upgraded AAPL stock in a recent report from January 11 to a “Buy” rating. Barclays Capital maintained the rating on December 14. Barclays Capital has a “Overweight” rating and a $150 price target on shares. Finally, Canaccord Genuity maintained the stock with a “Buy” rating in a report they issued on a January 8.
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 insider buys, and 7 selling transactions for a total of $17.48 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 $5.90 million. The insider Levinson Arthur D sold 70,000 shares worth $9.20M.
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 $544.21 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 10.69 P/E ratio. The Firm also delivers digital content and applications through the iTunes Store, App StoreSM, iBookstoreSM, and Mac App Store.